Wout Weghorst’s first words after completing Burnley move
Wout Weghorst sounds tailor-made for Sean Dyche’s side, and vice versa.
Asked to describe himself, Burnley’s new number nine said: “It’s always hard to describe myself, but I’m a hard working player, I try to give my all in every game, give my 100 per cent to the team.
“I think I’m a striker with a strong mentality, and scoring goals is my greatest quality.
“I think I’m also good at the linking game.”
For Dyche, whose mantras include “the minimum required is maximum effort”, this will be music to his ears.
And Weghorst admits he has a good idea of his new surroundings after completing a £12m move from Wolfsburg: “I had some very good talks and after the conversations I had with the owner and people here, I felt a lot of appreciation and a feeling of warmth.
“I looked, the side and the story, to see if it was right for me, and I felt like it was something that would be right up my alley.
“Me as a player and Burnley as a club are quite similar.
“I did my research and saw the history of the last few years. Not so long ago they played in Europe here. I can’t wait to be part of the club.
“I think for me as a football player but as a human being, I can compare to Burnley as a club. The way of thinking, the mindset and the ambitions they have. “
The first ambition, however, must be to maintain their Premier League status, with a pivotal home game against Watford on Saturday when Weghorst are due to make his debut.
He isn’t concerned about Burnley’s position at the bottom of the table and is confident the team can turn things around: “The place in the table is not good and can be better, but we have a few games left.
“The main challenge now is to stay on my feet and I look forward to helping that process and being part of Burnley history.
“It’s a big challenge, don’t live in fear, take it up and give it your all.
The people around here, as I noticed last week, and after talking to the coaches and some players on the team, I talked to the captain, they are full of positive energy and have the feeling that we will get there. I do not care.”
Weghorst’s goalscoring return in his homeland and in the Bundesliga is impressive – he has 130 goals in 305 career league appearances, and he is well aware of the demand placed on him: “The essentials as a striker is you have to score goals, it’s something I’m good at and I’ve always done my whole career.
“It’s definitely something I have to bring and do here, and I will do everything to deliver and score goals.
“It’s always been good business for me to play in the Premier League and be a number nine, to be a striker, with Premier League history.
“It’s a great opportunity and something I’m looking forward to, and I’m excited.
“It’s physical, the intensity is high, like Germany, compared to the Netherlands, it will be a big difference. I think the Premier League will be the next step again, for me it’s competition the hardest in the world.
“It will be a great challenge and I can’t wait to give it my all.
“I’m really happy, the week and the nine days of discussions, reflections and conversations are behind me and now I can play football. Saturday is the first game and a very important one. I can’t wait.
“Training and playing football, I love it. I hope in training sometimes it will be dry and sunny!”
And he had a message to his new supporters: “I will give 100% for the club and the people who watch every game. I will give 100% from the first game to the last, I will give my best and try to give everything with my heart and my soul.
“I’m a passionate player and I hope they see that and we have a great future together.”