EX-BURNLEY striker Ian Wright has praised Wout Weghorst following the Dutchman’s first Premier League goal.

Weghorst opened the scoring with a ruthless strike as Sean Dyche’s men recorded an emphatic 3-0 win at Brighton over the weekend.

Wright has been impressed with the forward since his move from Wolfsburg and says he is “exactly what Burnley need”.

Speaking on Match of the Day, he said: "Performance of the season for me from Burnley. (Dwight) McNeil back to his best, Connor Roberts was good, so was (Josh) Brownhill but what they got from (Weghorst) today was exactly what Burnley need when they are playing as well as they can play in their style.

"His link-up play and the problems he caused all day kept Burnley in a position on the field where they could cause problems. 

“When you see the position he takes up for his goal, it is fantastic, and the calmness with the way he took it. He gets himself in the middle but then he just stops, and the composure and the clinical way he finished it was brilliant.

"This is exactly what you want from your centre forward, causing the defender all sorts of problems. He has no right to get that, the defender should be heading it, but he gets it into Brownhill and brilliant for him to score his first goal.

"He is there again with some lovely little link-up play (for the third) and Jay Rodriguez to Aaron Lennon.

"Like Sean Dyche said it is small margins, maybe they have not been as clinical as they should be but with this guy and the way he is playing and the confidence he is giving the team, I am really, really pleased for Burnley."

The Clarets are back in action on Wednesday night when they welcome Tottenham to Turf Moor (KO 7:30pm).

Dyche’s men sit 19th in the Premier League table - five points from safety, despite having two games in hand on most of the sides around them.

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