BURNLEY’S new assist king Johann Berg Gudmundsson can’t wait to start supplying ‘great strikers’ Andre Gray and Sam Vokes in the Premier League this season.

The Iceland winger said he was proud of finishing joint top of the assist charts in the Championship last season, despite playing for a Charlton side that was relegated.


And the 25-year-old is looking to bring that creativity to Turf Moor this term as he prepares to make his Premier League debut on Saturday, when the Clarets welcome Swansea on the opening weekend of the season.

Gudmundsson set up 11 goals for the Addicks last term and also registered an assist for Iceland during their run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

“I take pride in them. As a winger you want to set up goals, I set up 11 last season,” said the former AZ Alkmaar wide man.

“I was joint top in a struggling team, it’s not too bad, so hopefully I can set up a few goals here and score as well. As a winger you need to have that creativity.”

Gudmundsson will be looking to set up goals for Gray and Vokes next season, with the Clarets strike duo hitting 38 league goals between them last season.

“They are two great strikers who score goals for fun so I will hopefully create a few chances for them that they can stick in the back of the net,” said the Iceland man.

Gudmundsson will make the step up to the Premier League for the first time in his career this season, but he revealed he was keen to make the move away from The Valley this summer as Charlton prepare for life in League One.

He has swapped the chaos in South London, as Charlton fans protest against their Belgian owner Roland Duchâtelet, for the relative calm of Turf Moor, and he believes playing more in a stable environment can only help him.

“It was tough last year, it’s something you don’t want to experience at a player,” he said. “It was three managers and things around the club weren’t 100 per cent right.

“It was time to move on and the Euros were a good way for me to showcase myself, but I did quite well in England over the last two years and I showed people I could play in English football, so it was important for me to move this summer.

“It is a contrast here,” he said. “The chaos over there was tough. The first season was not too bad but last season was something you don’t want to experience as player.

“There was too many managers and you’re never going to do well at a club with three managers in one season, it shows an unstable club and it wasn’t the best, but that’s football.”

Having earned his chance at the highest level through his performances since he swapped Dutch football for England, Gudmundsson is in no doubt about what the target has to be for Burnley this season.

“It’s got to be to keep your place in the league. The players and staff have got more experience for being here two years ago,” he said.

“The main one is to keep our place in the league and build from there,” he said.