Paul Merson voices doubts over unfulfilled Burnley player who is 'caught in between'

Paul Merson has argued that Burnley striker Matej Vydra has yet to fulfil his potential as a Premier League player.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 6:30 pm
Matej Vydra of Burnley. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Czech striker has struggled to make a sustained impact for the Clarets since arriving at Turf Moor, and his goal in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Wednesday night was just his eighth in 63 appearances for the club.

Burnley as a collective have hardly been in free-scoring form this season, however, and have scored just 20 goals in 28 top flight matches this term.

With that in mind, Vydra has found himself back in Sean Dyche’s plans in recent weeks, and his outing against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime was his fourth consecutive start in the Premier League.

But speaking prior to that game on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, Merson expressed his doubts about the player.

He said: “I watch him, and I don’t think he's fulfilled his potential.

"I don’t think he’s had enough runs in the team.

"I just find when I look at him that he's caught in between. He’s too good for the Championship, and he’s just not been good enough in the Premier League.

"That might be because he hasn’t had a run of games. He comes in and he’s the first one out.

"Now, if you can give him some games, he’s lively. He works hard, he’s quick, and I just think if you can get him with a bit of confidence…

"But as I say, I think he’s caught in between. I think he’s miles too good for the Championship and I just think he hasn’t fulfilled his potential in the Premier League.”