Wigan Athletic have announced the signing of 24 year old Dan Burn. The 6 ft 7 in central defender was out of contract with Fulham.
Gary Caldwell is clearly pleased to have signed Burn and the club’s web site reports him saying that “He fits our profile exactly, young, hungry and with experience at this level and the desire to progress with us. He is a powerful defender, but he likes to play as well and adds tremendous competition to the squad.”
Dan Burn was born in Blyth but came up through the youth ranks at Darlington, making his first team debut at the age of 17. He went on to make 14 appearances for the north east club before moving to Fulham in the summer of 2011 for a fee of around £350,000.
In September 2012 Burn went on an initial short term loan to Yeovil, but the loan period was to be extended to the end of the season. He made 41 appearances for the League 1 side, scoring three goals. Burn was to be sent off on another loan in July 2013, this time to Championship club, Birmingham City. He made 28 appearances for the Blues, scoring one goal, before being recalled to Fulham in January 2014. He made his debut for the Londoners on January 4th 2014 in an FA Cup tie at Norwich.
Burn went on to make a total of 69 appearances for Fulham scoring two goals.
In order to learn more about Burn we reached out to Fulham fans on The Independent Fulham Forum.
Alanos commented that Burn was:
Hugely promising early in his career, especially on loan to Yeovil and for a little while Birmingham. Very disappointing in the last few years playing for us, though the same inexplicable loss of form seemed to come over many of our defenders. Who knows, could be a great acquisition (or not).
Biff added that:
Progress seems to have stalled the last few seasons but several players seemed to have been affected as our form and progress fell away.
BS recognises Burn’s top performance against Manchester United:
Probably had his best game against Man Utd when we got a draw at Old Trafford, season we were relegated. Headed so many clearances Sky asked if he had a headache in the post-match interview. Think he might have got MoM for that.
Mike H adds that:
He held Man Utd at bay for 90 mins a few years ago. If the opposition keep floating cross into the box, he’ll clear them. Not so reliable against nippy forwards though.
Some harsh comments. Still think he could have a very good Championship future. Wholehearted and good man to have in your squad.
NoHost comments that:
For his size, he doesn’t command the in and around the box as much as you’d think, although he has had his good days. He is prone to making simple mistakes which develop into bigger ones when he tries to rectify. Seems to trip over his own legs sometimes. He talks a lot on the pitch, but I’m not sure what he says is actually helpful. He is determined and genuine and perhaps can be coached into a more solid performer.
Barry@ENF recognises Burn’s determination:
….perhaps with the addendum that you will rarely, if at all, accuse him of lacking heart!
Excellent attitude and good guy. Positives: Better coaching at a stable club could improve him. Negatives: prone to the odd howler and a liability with quick forwards running at him. Wish him well, though.
Lowe’s Pate sums up by adding:
Huge aerially & plays with his heart on his sleeve. Sometimes loses out positionally but personally would have been delighted if we’d have retained him.