Wells wants to be a ‘difference-maker’

  • Close to return: Nahki Wells made his first appearance in a Burnley shirt in Burnley Under-23's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Premier Development League last week

    Close to return: Nahki Wells made his first appearance in a Burnley shirt in Burnley Under-23's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Premier Development League last week

Nahki Wells is encouraged by the progress he has made since having minor ankle surgery and is convinced that he can “add something different” to Burnley once he makes a full recovery.

The Bermuda striker, who had a screw in his ankle from an operation earlier in his career removed, has made big strides in the past week with back-to-back appearances for Burnley under-23 in the Professional Development League against Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.

Wells played an hour in Burnley’s 1-1 draw at Forest last week and completed his first full game of the season in a 2-2 draw at home to Sheffield United Tuesday. The former Dandy Town player completed a £5 million move from Burnley’s rivals Huddersfield Town on transfer-deadline day in August but has yet to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League because of his injury ordeal.

“Coming back into pre-season I never expected to have an ankle issue after not having any problems for Lord knows how long, but then it came about,” Wells told the club’s website.

“I had to have the operation which I got my head around and understood that it could be eight to 12 weeks until I’m really back. I’m on course to be back within that time period.

“I have got my head around it and know how close I am now to be where I need to be, so I’m just trying to stay positive, work hard, train hard and get myself in tip-top shape for when I get my chance.”

Wells, 27, admits having his top-flight debut delayed because of his injury has been frustrating.

“It’s been a bit frustrating but at the same time I’ve been really pleased with how we’ve conducted ourselves and the points we have picked up in what’s been a difficult start, so it’s only positives to look at,” he said.

“I think I’m coming into a well-groomed team and experienced now, having been in the Premier League for consecutive seasons.

“I’m looking forward to it and can only see myself adding something different to the side.”

Burnley, managed by Sean Dyche, who are seventh in the table and are unbeaten in their past six league appearances, are away to league leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

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Published Oct 19, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 8:57 pm)

Wells wants to be a ‘difference-maker’

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