Kompany: Burnley will provide Foster with ‘best care in the world

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  • Post published:November 16, 2023

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has revealed the club will provide South African striker Lyle Foster with the “best possible care in the world”.

The 23-year-old is currently in the care of specialists after the recurrence of a mental health issue.

The Bafana Bafana striker has since stepped away from football as he deals with his mental well-being.

Speaking to the club’s in-house media, Kompany said: “We were very fortunate that Lyle had been very open with us. From that moment we could act, as soon as he said it and showed signs of how severe it was for him.

“The entire support team within the club mobilised and made sure he could focus on his own recovery. In moments like this, we have to put the human first.

“Where Lyle is lucky is that he has a very good network around him. He has a very healthy supportive family and a club and people who want to help him – not just for the player he is, but for the person he is.

“We will provide the best care in the world possible to get him over his mental health issues. That is not a taboo any more, if people speak up about it they do get help.”

Mind, a charity, says that every year in England, one in four people will have some kind of mental health problem.

But the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) says that number goes up for professional footballers because more than 75% of them have had some kind of mental health problem.

Kompany added: “We are in an environment in football which does not necessarily take that into consideration. When you go out there to compete and have the noise around the game, people love it and have an opinion, but the arena is not designed to protect your mental wellbeing.

“You do get exposed to quite a lot of things and as a part of it you are going about things in your own way.

“Support for mental wellbeing in England is at a very high standard. The country and the league is at the forefront of what is being done to provide care for people.

“We are doing everything we can to get him to a place where he enjoys what he is doing and that is playing football as soon as possible. At this moment in time, he is one of us and we have to look after our own.”