Vincent Kompany has revealed he tried to bring David Fofana to Burnley last winter before the Ivorian moved to Chelsea.
Twelve months later, the 22-year-old forward has joined the Clarets on loan and he made an instant impact on his home debut on Saturday, scoring twice in the last 20 minutes as Burnley came from 2-0 down to take a point from a 2-2 draw against Fulham.
However, he struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge and spent the first half of this season on loan at Union Berlin, scoring twice in 17 games.
“I was following him before Chelsea got him, I tried to get him,” Kompany said. “He has goalscoring ability. He had that in Norway but then you get lost in the top five leagues and as a striker you need to get used to it. But sometimes it’s just the right timing.”
He added: “I think he’s a player who is still finding his feet within the squad so hopefully we can benefit from him even more as the season goes on.
“We had to manage as well with Lyle and Zeki (Amdouni) so for us to have him as part of that group of talented strikers is really important…
“I don’t believe in any one individual on his own getting us over the line. But I do believe that, as a collective, having these options will give us a chance.”
Fofana joined Chelsea from Molde last January for a reported £11million fee, having scored 24 goals and added 10 assists in 65 appearances for the Norwegian club.