Burnley and Chelsea have reached an agreement, with The Blues poised to loan out Ian Maatsen to the Clarets, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic. Maatsen’s medical will be completed on Thursday and the move should be finalised this weekend.
🚨 Burnley agree deal with Chelsea to sign Ian Maatsen on season-long loan. Paperwork needs finalising but Dutch U21 int’l set for medical Thurs & if all ok move should be done by weekend. Kompany wants 20yo at left-back @TheAthleticUK #twitterclarets #CFC https://t.co/1cIqb8foa6
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) July 13, 2022
Ian Maatsen to Burnley
U17 Euro Winner
Ian Maatsen is set to join Burnley on a loan spell spanning a season, pending some paperwork. Maatsen has plenty of experience when it comes to these types of transfers, having previously been loaned out to Charlton Athletic and Coventry City respectively. Burnley will be another great learning experience for the 20-year-old.
Vincent Kompany, Burnley’s newly appointed manager, is said to want Maatsen as a left-back. This makes perfect sense as it’s the Dutchman’s primary position. Additionally, he featured in the Netherlands squad that won the U17 Euros of 2019.
Leading up to this, Maatsen played for a wide variety of big Dutch clubs: Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven. In 2018, his first stint outside the Netherlands saw him join Chelsea. So far, the 20-year-old’s sole appearance for the club was in the League Cup.
Burnley will pay Maatsen’ salary until June 2023. pic.twitter.com/ejeKyPlO4U
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 14, 2022
The State of Burnley
Burnley are in an awkward position, having just been relegated from the Premier League after being there since 2016. They will be hoping to get back in the top flight with Vincent Kompany at the helm and through signings such as Ian Maatsen, even though it is just a loan deal.
Still, Burnley’s current era in the 21st century has been the club’s best since the late 60s and early 70s. For Example, in the 1980s, the Clarets were in the fourth division of English football. So in comparison, Burnley’s yo-yo-ing between the Championship and Premier League is better than life at the bottom of the EFL.