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Burn ready for return to boyhood club

Dan Burn is looking forward to returning to his boyhood club Newcastle United on Saturday and spoke about the sport being an obsession for fans on Tyneside.

By James Hilsum • 21 September 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn being interviewed by the media.

Burn was a regular at St James’ Park as a youngster and jokingly admitted that he’s unsure who his family will be supporting at the weekend.

He said, “I had a season ticket and went there for years. Once you start playing, it’s hard to keep following them. But all my family and friends are Newcastle fans, so I don’t know who they will be routing for at the weekend, but I hope it’s me!

“Football is different up there and everything is geared towards it. People work all week knowing that they’re going to watch the game. The fans have rightly stuck by the club for a number of years and fill out the stadium week in week out.

“They lost Rafa Benitez, which a lot of fans were upset about, but Steve Bruce is a Geordie and he's done a good job at all the clubs that he’s managed.

“They'll be a solid team that are difficult to break down and with him being a Geordie, he’s got the passion and the fans will give him time. They've made a decent start and picked up a good result at Tottenham and got a goal at Liverpool, so it will be a tough game.”

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Joelinton celebrates scoring against Liverpool.

The Albion centre-back is expecting a partisan atmosphere on Tyneside, and highlighted the dangers which Newcastle will pose on Saturday.

“I went to games there for years, so if Newcastle get a leg up, the fans will really get behind them and create a deafening noise.

“We’ll be doing our best to keep the crowd quiet and not give them anything to get excited about. I haven’t seen many of their games so far this season, but I heard Joelinton will play and that Andy Carroll will be put on the bench, which will give the crowd a huge lift.

“We know they’ve got players that can hurt us like [Miguel] Almiron as well, and he did very well in the US, but perhaps hasn’t got the starts he would have wanted over here.

“He’s a very quick and dangerous player, so we’re well aware of their threats and hopefully we can affect them more than they affect us.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn in action against Burnley

Burn also spoke about his willingness to be slot into a number of positions, and the need to adapt to playing in different formations after Graham Potter changed Albion’s shape in last week’s match against Burnley.

“I’d play as a goalkeeper if the gaffer asked me to, as long as I’m playing. It was a little bit different last week, as the tactics we thought would be effective didn’t turn out to be that way.

“We switched it back to a back four and I’m enjoying being in a team that pushes me out of my comfort zone. The positions I’ve played in have done that, and I’m just doing my part.”

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