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Burnley or Beyond? Ex-coach Palacios chimes in on Lyle Foster’s future

Former Lyle Foster’s academy coach Augusto Palacios has offered his thoughts on whether the South African striker should remain with Burnley FC after their relegation or seek a new opportunity.

Foster and Palacios worked together at the Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy before the mentor took him to Orlando Pirates. At Pirates, the Bafana Bafana international made his breakthrough and secured a move overseas.

Foster joined Burnley in the 2022/23 season when they were in the English Championship from Belgian side K.V.C. Westerlo.

Last season the 23-year-old’s club were relegated from the English Premier League following poor and inconsistent performances throughout the campaign.

Despite a disappointing season, Foster tried his best to perform. In 25 league matches, he found the back of the net five times and grabbed three assists.

His growth and progress were disturbed by suffering a mental health breakdown three months into the season, in November 2023, after he signed a five-year deal. He was out of action for three months, which cost him an opportunity to play in the 2023 AFCON finals in Ivory Coast early this year.

Lyle Foster in action for Burnley in the EPL
Lyle Foster in action for Burnley in the English Premier League. Picture by Burnley FC


In an interview with FARPost, Lyle Foster’s former academy coach, Palacios, acknowledges the striker’s potential for continued development. Palacios suggests that Foster carefully consider his next move, emphasising the opportunity for further growth over the course of his career.

“It’s him who needs to decide this; he needs to decide with the club,” said Palacios. “I don’t think he needs to be in a hurry; that’s my advice to him.

“Remember, this is the club that opened doors for him. He got the support when he was with Burnley; he got all the support [during a mental breakdown]. But I think as a professional player he will be able to play in the English Championship, and that will depend on the decision.

“He signed a long contract with Burnley last year, I think four years. So, if there’s an opportunity, the best way to go will be to approach the club. Sometimes, agents take the decision to move the player from club to club,” added the ex-Pirates coach.

Foster’s arrival at Burnley came during the tenure of coach Vincent Kompany. But the latter recently departed Burnley to take charge of German giants Bayern Munich.

Given their previous association, speculation has arisen about a potential reunion between Foster and his former mentor, Kompany. However, a transfer would require Bayern Munich to acquire Foster’s playing rights through a transfer agreement with Burnley.

Foster is currently in camp with Bafana as they prepare to take on Nigeria in tonight’s [Friday, 07 June] 2026 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifier.

The game is set to start at 9pm at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, with Foster in line to feature for the first time since missing the 2023 AFCON, where Bafana clinched the Bronze medal.

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