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Ashley Barnes




Date of birth



186 cm





Burnley secured the signature of former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Ashley Barnes on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2014.

Just five months after his arrival, the Clarets clinched promotion to the Premier League, with Barnes scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win Wigan at Turf Moor that guaranteed going up and earned him the goal-of-the-season award.

He scored five Premier League goals in 2015/16 but suffered a serious knee injury on the final day at Aston Villa - a setback that ruled him out for most of the 2015/16 Championship campaign.

He made his return to the Clarets’ side against former employers Brighton & Hove Albion in April, before starting in a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

His first goal in 20 months came when he scored a dramatic late winner against Crystal Palace in November, 2016 – one of six Premier League goals the striker scored as Sean Dyche’s side finished 16th in the table.

Barnes had begun his career at local club Paulton Rovers before moving into the Football League with Plymouth Argyle on an 18-month contract in March, 2007.

Barnes found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Argyle and was loaned out to Oxford United and then Salisbury City.

He enjoyed further loan spells with Eastbourne Borough in 2008 and Torquay United two years later, before subsequently joining League One side Brighton, initially on a season-long loan, scoring on his debut against Tranmere Rovers.

In July 2010, Barnes joined the Seagulls on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year contract.

In April 2011, Barnes scored the decisive goal in a 4-3 home victory over Dagenham and Redbridge, which confirmed Brighton’s promotion to the Championship.

He was then Brighton’s leading scorer in 2011/12 with 14 goals in all competitions to help secure their place in England’s second tier and scored a total of 53 goals in 170 appearances for the Seagulls before making the move to Turf Moor.

The 2017/18 season was a major success for Barnes as the striker hit double figures, with nine goals in the Premier League helping the Clarets to their best league finish for 44 years.

His run of six goals in eight games from the end of February was vital to Burnley's success in securing a place in the Europa League for 2018/19 and saw him join Sam Vokes as the only Claret to score in four Premier Legaue games in a row.

His stunning overhead kick at West Bromwich Albion was a goal-of-the-season contender and in March, 2018, Barnes' enduring value to the squad saw the striker sign a new contract running until June, 2021.

After a slow start to the 2018/19 season, Barnes went on to enjoy his best year yet in a Burnley shirt as a talisman for the team.

His 12 Premier League goals brought him his highest tally as he continued to be the scourge of top-notch defences.

Thirteen goals in total made him joint leading scorer with Chris Wood, with Barnes' nine goals in the second half of the season pivotal to Sean Dyche's side staying in the Premier League for a fourth successive season.