Opposition View: ‘The Premier League is the place to be but I did enjoy watching Burnley in the Championship…’

We catch up with Burnley supporter Charlie Frost before our Premier League clash

Dwight McNeil (B) at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

How does it feel seeing Burnley back in the Premier League?

Charlie: Mixed emotions if I’m totally honest with you. Of course, the Premier League is the place to be. It’s the best league in the world and watching some of the best players every week is exciting. But I did thoroughly enjoy our season in the Championship as we were exceptional and won the league convincingly.

Vincent Kompany did a great job with Burnley in the Championship but is he a Premier League manager?

Charlie: For sure he is. He’s still young and learning his trade as a manager but especially in the Championship, he completely changed our brand of football and it obviously worked. Let’s not forget he was managed by Pep who is probably the best manager in the world. We have had a tough start to the season, however, I have full trust in Vincent to turn things around and start picking up some points.

What’s letting Burnley down so far this season?

Charlie: We have had quite a hard start to the season, the Premier League has no easy games and that’s the difference between the Championship and Premier League. We are creating chances but it’s just putting the ball in the back of the net we are struggling with.

Is there a new signing for us to look out for?

Charlie: There are two signings that I am really excited about. Zeki Amdouni from Basel is the first. He scored quite a few goals last season. He’s still only young and will take time to adapt to the league but he has great potential. The second player is Aaron Ramsey from Villa who is only 20 years old and once again has brilliant potential.

Turf Moor is one of the few stadiums in the Premier League that still has wooden away seats. Do you see an upgrade coming for your stadium?

Charlie: I like how Turf Moor is an ‘old school’ type of ground. It’s been home to me my whole life. Of course the club could have plans to add to the capacity of the ground or upgrade the seating but it doesn’t really bother me.

You lost your captain James Tarkowski last season. How did that feel?

Charlie: I was absolutely devastated to lose James who had been a great servant to the club for six years along with Ben Mee and Nick Pope who were both exceptional. Under Dyche, we had a strong core of players but the club has moved on with a new manager and set of players which is very exciting.

Former West Ham academy player Josh Cullen is now playing for Burnley. How is he getting on?

Charlie: Josh has been very reliable for us and his vision of the game has been outstanding since he’s come in. He signed a new deal a few months ago and I’m delighted to have him at the club for a few more years.

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