Despite protestations otherwise, it appears that Nahki Wells is regretting moving to Burnley.
The Bermudan striker went from being a regular starter at Huddersfield in their promotion season to hardly featuring in Burnley’s Premier League campaign. One club who could use a player of his calibre is West Brom.
That he felt the need to say he does not regret making the move suggests that it is playing on his mind. Understandably so. His nine appearances provided a total of 45 minutes playing time combined as he failed to register a single assist or goal. Indeed the highlight of his season was playing 21 minutes in the FA Cup as Burnley lost 4-1 to Manchester City.
Yet he is not as bad as his lack of playing time suggests. He was hampered by an early injury. By the time he had recovered, Burnley were already looking strong and settled, having beaten Chelsea and drawn with Spurs and Liverpool. The side went on to post Burnley’s best league finish in four decades.
From West Brom’s perspective, they must focus on his prior seasons. In each season from 2011/12 to 2016/17, he scored at least ten league goals. While there may be doubts over his ability to cut it in the top flight, he has more than enough nous and skill to be a valuable asset in the Championship. However, with Burnley having paid £5 million, it may be wise to take him on loan, rather than pay over the odds for him.