John Arne Riise has claimed ‘I didn’t see it coming’ regarding Dan Burn’s transfer to Newcastle United, after playing alongside him at Fulham, as he told the Filthy Fellas podcast.
The former Liverpool left-back added that Burn is now ‘smarter’ in his tackling and the hard-hitting Newcastle defender has a ‘great left foot’ when it comes to passing the ball out from the back.
From being in Fulham colours to playing in Brighton’s forward-thinking team under Graham Potter, it would have been special for Burn when his boyhood club came knocking for his services in January.
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The 30-year-old didn’t hesitate in making that move, as the Magpies paid £13 million for his talents (Sky Sports) and he helped transform Eddie Howe’s side to well above safety.
Now, Burn is one of the main players for Howe heading into the new Premier League season, as Riise shared his thoughts on the centre-back.
On if he remembers playing with Dan Burn: “Dan Burn, yes of course,” responded Riise. “Newcastle? What a great move, by the way.
“I didn’t see that coming when I played with him. But he was young then. I didn’t see him playing for Newcastle, at that time. I am honest with you.
“But he took steps and, like you said Brede Hangeland was tall and Sami Hyypia, the same when I played with him. He has a great left foot, though. Passing-wise.
“And he is a lot tackle smarter than he was back then, so he is taking steps.”
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BURN LIVING THE DREAM
From being a season-ticket holder at Newcastle to donning the club’s colours with the St James’ Park crowd chanting your name.
It has been some rise for Burn over the years and there’s no reason why he can’t be a part of the club’s long-term project.
Newcastle want to get back to Europe and put trophies in their cabinet, could any of those be done this season, it’s still an ask, but they have more of a chance than they have done for the last 15 odd years.
The domestic trophies – the League Cup and the FA Cup – will be the ones targeted by the Magpies because they are trophies that they just haven’t been able to compete in over the years without getting knocked out at the first hurdle.
Getting that taste of Wembley, and making that trip to London would well and truly lift the club even further than their new ownership is already doing.
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