What next for Lyle Foster after Burnley relegation? Radebe advises the South Africa international

South Africa legend Lucas Radebe believes Bafana Bafana striker Lyle Foster can still make a statement despite Burnley's relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2023/24 season.

The Clarets were among the teams promoted to the English top tier ahead of the concluded campaign, but they failed to keep their status. In his debut season in the Premier League, Foster played 24 games where he scored five goals and provided three assists in the process.

The 23-year-old is talented and despite Vincent Kompany's exit to Germany where he will be managing Bayern Munich, Foster is expected to stay even with rumours that he might join the former defender in the Bundesliga.

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Apart from Bayern Munich, some teams either in England or Europe might be aiming at signing the versatile attacker.

Former Leeds United defender Radebe believes playing in the Championship will be a good challenge for the attacker, and he should embrace it.

“For me, [relegation] is not a failure; going down is not a failure because there is still a lot of competition in the Championship,” the 55-year-old told the media.

“It will show his character. Obviously, he has to make it himself and he has to make other teams want him. There are opportunities out there, whether you are playing at the lowest or highest level.

Lucas Radebe

“He will still be an asset for the national team because he will still be playing football at the highest level, for both country and club. He has done so well and there will always be teams looking for players like that. Surely, he will get his chance to play longer, maybe in the Premier League or somewhere else,” he concluded.

Foster has not said anything regarding his future, but it will be interesting to see if he will be loyal to the Clarets who gave him a chance to play in England or opt for another challenge. 

Either way, the striker remains a crucial member of Hugo Broos' Bafana Bafana squad challenging for a place in the 2026 Fifa World Cup to be jointly held by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

What next for Lyle Foster after Burnley relegation? Radebe advises the South Africa international
Willis Sob

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