Burn: We can achieve club's top ten target

Defender confident that Albion will do even better next season.

By Charlie Hanson • 12 May 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn wants to use this season as a platform going into the 2021/22 campaign.

The future is bright according to Dan Burn, who believes Albion can aim for the club's target of a top-ten Premier League finish next season.

Albion can look forward to a fifth season in the top flight after one of Burn's former clubs Fulham lost to Burnley on Monday.

“Every team I have played for I always keep an eye out for so it was a shame that it was Fulham that went down. But I am delighted that we've secured our status at Brighton. We've come a long way in the last couple of years and we want to be a team that isn’t just happy with staying up. We want to be pushing towards the top ten.”

While slightly disappointed that Albion haven’t taken the points their performances have warranted at times, the 29-year-old believes that it has been a season of transition.

By Paul Hazlewood
Dan Burn has started Albion's last two matches - against Leeds United and Wolves.

“There are definitely exciting times ahead. We’ve had a big turnover of players and the lads who have played a lot of games this season have come from other countries and cultures and needed time to settle in.

“The more time we spend together and get to know each other, the better we can buy into the gaffer’s vision and philosophy.  We can only look back at this campaign positively. The club has the vision of being in the top ten and I can see that happening, we are building towards that. That’s the aim next season.”

Burn says the players have targets for their three remaining games this season too, starting at home to West Ham on Saturday.

“Our motivation between now and the end of this season is to beat the record points tally [41], we’ve got three games to get four points. The pressure is off now, so we want to pick up the points to show progress.”

After Premier League football was guaranteed, Albion fan and Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher tweeted: 'Right, now we're safe for another season in the Premier League, let's give Dan Burn a go in goal.'

“I would give going in goal a whirl, definitely!,” laughed Burn. “When I was 11 I was a keeper but my team was good so I never got a touch of the ball, so I wanted to play outfield. I don't know how I'd get on in a Premier League game, but I'd like to think I'd be on par with Rob [Sanchez]!”