ANDRE PRAISES PARTNER IN CRIME VOKES
FROM Wright and Bright, to Shearer and Sutton, there are few more deadly sights in football than a potent strike partnership.
And Andre Gray is convinced that his burgeoning link-up with Sam Vokes can pay similar dividends as Burnley chase promotion to the Premier League.
Heading into yesterday’s trip to Wolves, Gray had already notched eight goals for Burnley since his August move from Brentford with Welsh international Vokes adding another three.
Two seasons ago,Vokes and Danny Ings netted 47 times – a haul that fired the Clarets into the Premier League – and Gray sees no reason why Burnley’s latest duo can’t replicate that.
“I watched him in the year that Burnley went up – you saw what him and Danny Ings did,” said the 24-yearold.
“He comes into the hole and defenders don’t know what to do with him because they’re not expecting him to do that, they’re expecting him to be up against them trying to win headers.
“He’s got that and I think he surprises a few defenders with it as well, and he helps me.”
With a third of the season gone, Burnley find themselves firmly in the automatic promotion mix as they look for an immediate return to the top flight following last term’s relegation.
If that is to happen, the understanding between Gray and Vokes will need to continue to thrive.
But Gray is confident that with the pair living next door to each other – that won’t be a problem.
“Us being neighbours now, living next door and travelling in together, helps too,” he added.
“We understand each other, I always know where he’s going to be and he knows where I’m going to be.
“I think we’re causing problems for defenders and I think if we keep doing that there are going to be goals.”
HELP: Sam Vokes