Burn loving life in a back three

Albion defender Dan Burn is loving his recent run in the team and has reaped the dividends of playing in a three-man defence alongside Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

By James Hilsum • 23 August 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn

Burn highlighted how all three players complement each other’s skills, and was pleased to be able to bide his time in a bid to force his way into the side.

He said, “When I came in, I knew the situation was to back the starting lads, who had done very well.

“The change of manager made it a clean slate for everyone, and he assessed how well we had all done in pre-season. I played in the first two games, so it couldn’t have gone any better and hopefully I can kick on from there.

“I am really enjoying it and I’ve sang their praises about how good they [Dunk and Duffy] are, with them both being international players. They are very experienced at this level and in the Championship too, so it’s nice to help them out when I can.

“I’m enjoying the new formation and it’s just nice to be out there as a Premier League footballer.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn

The defender spoke about how Graham Potter has given the side freedom to go out and express themselves, and explained the good understanding he is forming with Solly March in the new system.

“He gives you a structure and confidence to go out there. We’ve got good players that have played at a high level, and the onus has been put on us to go out there and play.

“He’s given us the structure of what he wants us to do, and given us the belief that we’re doing the right thing.

“Solly was in a similar position last season and that has given him more freedom to go up there and get forward. The more games we play together, the better it will get.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn

Burn then looked ahead to Saturday’s game against Southampton with confidence, but is wary of a potential backlash from a Saints side that have lost their first two games of the season.

“You look at Watford and West Ham, they were both very good teams last year and we played very well against Watford in particular.

“Last season we may not have got points in those games. Southampton have struggled a bit at the start, but one win can change that and we’ve got to be ready.

“They brought Che Adams in and I played against him last season. His movement is very good and they're a side that will put us under a lot of pressure.”