Young Burnley striker enters the Turf Moor history books!

Teenage striker Lewis Richardson entered the history books at Turf Moor when making his Burnley bow on Sunday.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:38 pm
Lewis Richardson, left, replaces Jay Rodriguez at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lewis Richardson, left, replaces Jay Rodriguez at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The youngster came off the bench to replace Jay Rodriguez with just minutes remaining as the Clarets trailed 4-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

And in doing so Richardson, at just 18 years and 21 days, became the club's youngest Premier League debutant.

The England youth international, who also left with Harry Kane s shirt, said: “I couldn’t really ask him on the pitch because of Covid and things so I asked their kitman what he could do and he managed to get me Harry Kane’s shirt,” said Richardson.

Harry Kane scores Tottenham's second goal in the 4-0 win over Burnley.

“Kane is someone I aspire to be like and he’s a massive role model for me.“It’s a really proud moment. I’ve been working hard over the past few weeks, especially, changing my game and trying to improve.

“Being around the lads helps. You improve a lot and I’m just really happy to have finally made my debut.”

The Clarets' Academy product, who signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor on his 17th birthday in February 2020, is now hoping there's more to come.

Richardson, who netted as the Under 23s beat West Brom 3-1 at the Tameside Stadium during the week, said. “I was nervous at first, but as I started to warm up and really focus on the game you start to calm down and focus on your football and try and help the team – that’s what I was thinking.

“I had to try and get on the ball as soon as possible and settle what nerves were there.

“The lads were shouting and telling me to do things and that really helped me, so thanks to them.

“The stadium is unreal and to make a debut against such a big team like Spurs is a great achievement for me.

“It means the world. That’s what I’ve been working for my whole life.“I just want to build on it and try and get a few more appearances.”