June 25, 2024

Vincent Kompany insists it was not a “big decision” to replace James Trafford with Arijanet Muric.
Trafford was dropped for the first time this season, despite previously being the only Burnley player to appear in every minute of every league game.

Kompany has previously disregarded pleas from fans to make the adjustment, but he eventually did so on Saturday during a 2-1 victory against Brentford.


It proved to be a popular one among Clarets fans, who yelled “MURIC” at frequent intervals throughout Saturday’s encounter.

The swap paid immediately, with the Kosovan goalkeeper making a significant difference with his accurate long balls forward and rapid passing out of the back.

The 25-year-old also made some crucial stops, most notably when he stood tall to deny Yoane Wissa one-on-one.


James Trafford and a heated debate over who is Burnley's No 1 goalkeeper -  The Athletic


The only minor criticism is that he appeared nervous throughout the nine minutes of stoppage time as the Bees put the ball into the box repeatedly.

Overall, Muric did admirably and appears to be set to retain the number one shirt for the game against Chelsea when the international break ends.

“Aro was very good,” Kompany added.

“It’s one of the positions where I have the luxury of having two good players, so at any given time, I can make the best decision for the team.”

“It’s not a big decision, it’s not a difficult decision, it’s just two good players fighting it out and I won’t shy away from having that luxury in as many positions as I can.”

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