The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

IS £9 mil­lion too much for An­dre Gray? Un­doubt­edly. But with all that Premier League cash in their cof­fers, I think it’s a risk worth tak­ing for Sean Dy­che and Burn­ley.

I used to watch An­dre for Lu­ton two years ago and if you’d said to me then ‘He’ll be a £9m player’, I wouldn’t even have put a fiver on it.

That’s noth­ing against him, be­cause he was clearly a cut above the Con­fer­ence. He’s a nat­u­ral fin­isher who plays on the shoul­der and does ev­ery­thing a cen­tre­for­ward should. Scor­ing 18 goals for Brent­ford last year proves it.

But £9m for a player with one sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship is still a crazy fig­ure and I hope it doesn’t weigh heavy on his shoul­ders.

That said, Burn­ley were ob­vi­ously des­per­ate for some­one to re­place Danny Ings, who joined Liver­pool in the sum­mer af­ter 43 goals in 138 games for the Clarets.

And when you con­sider they didn’t spend any money dur­ing last year’s stay in the top flight, it’s a trans­fer they can com­fort­ably af­ford.

More im­por­tantly, it makes sense.

An­dre is some­one who you know will score enough goals in the Cham­pi­onship to earn a shot at pro­mo­tion. And, like Cal­lum Wil­son at Bournemouth, he has the kind of at­tributes that should trans­late well to play­ing in the Premier League.

BIG MONEY: An­dre Gray

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