JJ Watt explains reason for Burnley investment and names favourite player

JJ Watt has explained his reason for investing into Burnley Football Club, and has named his favourite player. The former NFL star, along with his wife and ex-US Women’s international Kealia Watt, recently invested in Burnley as minority shareholders.

Watt retired at the end of the 2022 regular season, finishing his career with the Arizona Cardinals. He had previously spent the majority of his career with the Houston Texans, before moving to Arizona in 2021.

Burnley recently secured promotion to the Premier League from the Championship. Under new manager VIncent Kompany, the Clarets won the title ahead of second-placed Sheffield United, who were also promoted to the English top flight.

Ever since it emerged that Watt and his wife had invested in Burnley, their names have been in the news around what the future may mean for the club. Now the former defensive end has revealed the reasons why he chose to invest in Burnley.

“I started to look at the boxes and every single one was checked,” he told The Athletic. “Unbelievable history, great town. I’m from a small town in Wisconsin. It’s all about hard-working people.

“There is a Premier League pedigree, a manager who has a pedigree of his own and a vision of the future and a style of football that’s beautiful and the ownership is incredible.

“I can come into a club and a town like Burnley and do that. That was a really big thing for us and I can go on a journey with this club and try and do my little part in elevating us.”

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Burnley’s promotion run has seen a number of players play a key role, as well as manager Kompany. One of them is Nathan Tella, who is on loan from Premier League’s bottom club Southampton.

Tella is Burnley’s top goal scorer this season with 19 in all competitions, including 17 in the Championship. As things stand, the 23-year-old is set to return to Southampton at the end of the season following his loan spell, and it remains to be seen if the Clarets will explore another move in the summer.

Now Watt has explained why Tella is his favourite player since investing in Burnley. He even joked that he would look to help try and bring the striker back to Turf Moor for next season.

“I might have to go and be an enforcer to help them make some decisions,” Watt says, while laughing. “I love Nathan, it’s his smile, his infectious attitude and he’s a great player. I’m hopeful we can get something done but it’s kind of up in the air at the moment.”

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