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Burton

In


Richard Nartey (def) (Chelsea - loan), Kieran O'Hara (gk) (Manchester United - loan), Marvin Sordell (att) (Northampton -loan ended), John O'Toole (mid) (Northampton), Jevan Anderson (def) (Formartine)

Out


Josh Clarke (def) (Sheffield United - loan ended), Brad Collins (r) (gk) (Chelsea - loan ended), Alex Bradley (sp) (mid) (WBA - loan ended), Kyle McFadzean (r) (def) (Coventry), Marcus Harness (r) (mid/att) (Portsmouth), Jamie Allen (r) (mid) (Coventry), Damien McCrory (sp) (def) (released), Will Miller (sp) (mid) (released), Harry Campbell (gk) (released), Chris Beardsley (att) (retired)

Burton entered the previous season hoping to move straight back into the Championship, but rarely looked like achieving that goal. It was clear from their pre-season activity that they were going to struggle, given that they let several players leave without replacing them, leaving Nigel Clough with a rather small squad to work with. This is a weakness that was exposed by the numerous injuries they had over the course of the season. The Brewers seem to be making the exact same mistake going into the new season. They have not lost any standout performers during the summer, but a mere body count reveals that they have lost more players than they have brought in. However, things could very well change in that regard between now and start of the season, as several players have been linked with moves away, but the Brewers are also looking for new players. Despite these potential changes, it has looked for a while that the club likes ambition and/or resources to try and push for a return to the Championship, which is where they were until last summer. Even if they do not expand their squad, they will still be well equipped to push for a top six finish, provided that they stay injury-free. Obviously, this is a rather big "if".

Target


Burton will be hoping for a play-off place, but Nigel Clough will not be under any pressure as long as the Brewers look like finishing inside the top half.

Season Review
2018/2019

№9: Burton

Burton entered the season cautiously hoping for a swift return to the Championship, but it quickly became apparent that this was an unrealistic goal. As most relegated sides do, the Brewers let numerous players go over the summer. So many players left that Nigel Clough was left to work with a threadbare squad and, with numerous players frequently battling injuries, there were several games in which the Brewers' boss was unable to name 18-man squads. Burton spent the majority of the first half of the season inside the bottom half of the table but gradually improved over time. They showed flashes of true brilliance and eventually finished ninth, but their revival came too late for them to push for a play-off place. The highlight of their season was certainly their League Cup run, which saw them reach the semifinals where they were easily beaten by Manchester City. It was the first time in the club's history that Burton managed to get past the last 16 of a major domestic cup. The Brewers are an interesting club, having been both in the Championship and League Two not that long ago. One could see them battling for both promotion and against the drop next time around and a lot depends on their transfer activity during the coming summer.


Player of the Season: Lucas Akins

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