Few were more surprised to see Wout Weghorst net Netherlands' dramatic late winner against Wales in the Nations League than his baffled Burnley team-mate Connor Roberts.
Days after the Welsh clinched World Cup qualification for the first time since 1958 with a hard-fought 1-0 play-off win over Ukraine, Rob Page's men appeared set to claim another eye-catching result against the Dutch. The Dragons looked to have snatched a stunning point against Netherlands after Sheffield United's Rhys Norrington-Davies struck in stoppage-time to cancel out Teun Koopmeiners' 50th-minute opener in Cardiff.
However, there would be one more twist, courtesy of an unlikely source. With seconds remaining on the clock, Burnley flop Weghorst stole all three points for the Dutch with a spectacular header – an act which evidently irked his Turf Moor team-mate Roberts.
As the full-time whistle blew and the giant Weghorst celebrated his winner with stifled fist pumps, he found himself brutally confronted by the Welsh full-back. With his arms outstretched, Roberts bumped bodies with the lofty striker before appearing to ask: "Why don't you do that for Burnley?"
And it's fair to say the remarks didn't go down well. Weghorst turned in anger before aiming an incensed, unclear reply in his Clarets team-mate's direction.
The 29-year-old's winner came as quite the surprise given his club form. Weghorst was bought by Burnley in a £12million deal from German side Wolfsburg back in January as Chris Wood's replacement and was seen as the Clarets great survival hope.
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However, the Netherlands' Nations League hero contributed a mere two goals in his 20 Premier League appearances for the Lancashire-based club during the season half of the season, as they agonisingly succumbed to relegation on the final day.
Shortly after Burnley saw their Championship status for next campaign confirmed, Weghorst made no secret of his desire to depart Turf Moor. Speaking to Voetbal International, the Dutchman declared: “We have clearly agreed in advance that I will not play in the Championship.
"The club would like to keep me and will do everything they can to return to the Premier League as soon as possible. For next season it is important that I can perform at a high level, also with a view to the World Cup in Qatar.”
It's no wonder Robert was reeling.
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