Former Preston North End striker Lukas Nmecha appears to have opened the door to joining Burnley after hailing Vincent Kompany.
Nmecha is yet another case of young loanee impressing away from PNE.
Andy Carroll and Danny Welbeck spring to mind but in more recent times, it’s Stephy Mavididi and Nmecha.
Signed on loan from Manchester City in August 2018, Nmecha was backed to rack up the goals for North End.
That didn’t really happen and Nmecha actually ended up spending more time out wide than up front.
Nmecha finished his season with PNE on three goals and seven assists before heading back to City.
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Nmecha had two tricky loans at Wolfsburg and Middlesbrough before his career turned on a move to Anderlecht.
18 goals in 37 games catapulted Nmecha into the limelight and Wolfsburg snapped him up again in 2021, this time permanently.
Nmecha scored 10 goals last season and is now a full German international as he starts to live up to his potential at 24.
The former PNE striker may yet be open to returning to England though, and a move to Burnley may even be in mind.
That’s because Nmecha has been quoted by Voetbal Nieuws in Belgium as saying that he would love to play for Vincent Kompany again.
Nmecha played under Kompany at Anderlecht and the Wolfsburg hitman admits he would love to play for the Belgian once again.
Kompany is currently in charge of Burnley and if the Clarets go up to the Premier League – which now looks like an inevitability – then maybe Nmecha will end up returning to Lancashire.
“I have many good memories of my stay at Anderlecht. I would also very much like to work with Vincent Kompany again. He taught me a lot,” said Nmecha.
Kompany will have suitors all over the place after such a great season, so maybe he and Nmecha will reunite elsewhere down the line.
These comments may well tempt Burnley into a move though, some five years since joining North End.