South African forward strikes multi-million deal

South African forward, Lyle Foster.

Lyle Foster, a promising footballer, is about to embark on a new life in England. This will happen following his signing by Burnley last week. This South African footballer will play for Burnley of England, who are currently in first place in the English Football League Championship, the second largest English Football League after the English Premier League, which many football fans are familiar with. Foster, 22, made his name at Westerlo FC in Belgium, where he was spotted by Vincent Kompany, his new club’s coach.

Kompany is the manager of Burnley, who are currently in first place and vying for promotion to England’s top flight at the end of the current season. According to reports, the Burnley manager stated that Foster should be one of his players when the transfer window closes at the end of this month. And it happened exactly as he desired.

Because Burnley is expected to be promoted to the English Premier League, the payment to Westerlo will exceed R186 million. If this occurs, Foster’s purchase price would be greater than the R111 million paid by Celta Vigo for Benni McCarthy when he was an Ajax Amsterdam player years ago.

Foster officially became an Orlando Pirates player in the 2017/18 season after excelling in the Pirates youth team. His move to England is good news for South African football, which is no longer producing attractive players for Europe’s top clubs.

Foster will join the ranks of Benni McCarthy, Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish, Aaron Mokoena, and Steven Pienaar. South African players have a difficult time entering England because of Bafana Bafana, which is ranked 50th in the FIFA rankings, but Foster will easily enter because he played regularly for Westerlo FC.