“Dan’s very humble, he’s very easy to manage. He’s very low maintenance. And he’s a top player as well.”
Newcastle United are ready to offer Dan Burn a new contract, according to Football Insider.
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The 30-year-old proven a revelation following a £13m move from Brighton last January.
A key figure in the sternest the defence the Premier League has to offer this season, Burn has overtaken Matt Targett as the club’s starting left-back. One of Eddie Howe’s leaders in the team, there have even been calls to see him included in the England squad, such has been the level of his form.
Currently under contract until the summer of 2024, Howe is understood to value Burn’s versatility, as well as his passion in playing for his boyhood club.
After signing Kieran Trippier to a longer contract, sorting out Burn’s long-term future is believed to be high on the club’s agenda.
How important is Burn to Newcastle?
According to WhoScored data, Burn ranks amongst the squad’s top five players for aerial duels won (2.4), clearances (3.4), blocks (0.5) and passes per game (40.3).
Clearly, that indicates a hugely important presence both with and without the ball. Indeed, while a new left-back is believed to be of interest this summer, the fact Burn is also able to operate as a central defender makes him a useful option to have in the squad, even past the age of 30.
While Burn’s quality is more than enough to see him rewarded, the fact he is a Geordie obviously helps.
Indeed, The Athletic claimed in May that having players such as Burn, Paul Dummett, Sean Longstaff and Elliott Anderson in the squad and their “connections” to the club “worked in their favour”, with the homegrown element adding a layer of authenticity to the new era.
What has Eddie Howe said about Dan Burn?
Speaking of the player in January, Howe said (via The Guardian): “He’s done a very, very good job in any position I’ve asked him to play. He’s embraced everything this club stands for. He’s got a winning mindset.
“He’s not here just to play for Newcastle, he wants to achieve things here. It’s turned out to be a very good transfer for us.