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Kompany Explains Fosters ‘Positional Switch’

Vincent Kompany has revealed why Lyle Foster has not quite being playing in his traditional striking role of late.


Vincent Kompany has revealed why Lyle Foster has not quite being playing in his traditional striking role of late.

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has revealed why he has moved Lyle Foster from striker to a different position in the team.

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In the Clarets’ past three league outings, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion, the Johannesburg native has seemingly been utilised in a wider position on the right-hand side of the team’s attack.

This tactical switch has led football fans affiliated with the club to question why the Belgian tactician has not played a more traditional right-sided player, such as Benson Manuel or Nathan Redmond instead on the flank instead.

The former Manchester City captain has, however, rationalised the tactical adjustment by stating that while the South Africa international may be out wide more often as of late, it is only when the team is out of position that this is the case.

He further emphasised his point by stating that all his players need to be adaptable to the positions he wants to play them in on the pitch.

“Our players have always been flexible, always,” the 38-year-old said, as per the Burnley Express.

“It’s a perception from the outside, but if you look at his position in possession, he played exactly the same position as he’s always played. But it’s a perception thing.

“It’s 100% part of something we’ve always done with our players, they’ve always had to be flexible to be able to be in different roles.

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“Lyle has already done it 15 or 20 times since he’s been with us, every player has done it, so I can’t control the perception. It’s an error to see it that way, but I don’t control that.”

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