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Dec 5, 2019, 7:14:00 PM

Erik Pieters backs Danny Drinkwater to make Burnley impact

Burnley defender Erik Pieters insists Danny Drinkwater can still be an asset to the club after making his long-awaited Premier League debut.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder started his first top-flight match for Burnley in last night’s 4-1 defeat at home to Manchester City, after his first few months at the club were marred by injury.

Pieters said: “I'm really happy for him. He's waited for a long time to be in the team and I'm happy for him to get his first performance in.

“He would have been happier if we got a result I'm sure, but at least he got his first minutes in with us. Hopefully he can continue.

“It takes time but that's normal, he didn't play for a while, but he's looking good, he's feeling well. He's a great guy, he's funny, he fits perfectly.

“Everyone can see he's great on the ball, good passing, strong on the ball as well. And he brings calm in the team so hopefully he can get a couple more games to show it to us and show it to everyone.”

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA