New Burnley investor and ex-NFL participant JJ Watt is set to win over doubters nonetheless sceptical of Individuals who purchase into English soccer.

The one-time Sports activities Illustrated Sportsman of the Yr and his footballer spouse Kealia Watt had been unveiled because the Premier League-bound membership’s newest backers earlier this month, however the retired defensive finish isn’t any stranger to the sport.

Watt watched his first Premier League match over a decade in the past, quickly discovering himself totally drawn in because of an affinity for Didier Drogba, and fully appreciates why some could also be cautious of an upswing in US curiosity.

“I don’t blame them for having cynicism,” he informed the PA information company. “I might if I used to be of their footwear. Give it some thought. You’ve had the perfect league on this planet, and it’s been round for over 100 years, and it’s type of your nationwide treasure.

“I completely perceive why you’d be sceptical of Individuals coming in and eager to be a part of it, however having mentioned that our expertise has been unbelievable. We haven’t met one single one who hasn’t been extremely welcoming, so we’re very grateful.

“However we perceive the state of affairs and we need to proceed to earn that belief and present that we’re going to honour and respect that custom and historical past.”

Burnley’s majority shareholder and chairman Alan Tempo, Watt’s compatriot, took over in December 2020 and has beforehand spoken about his personal integration challenges.

American businessman Todd Boehly and his consortium acquired Chelsea final Might, whereas Creed actor Michael B Jordan turned part-owner of Bournemouth after Invoice Foley’s December 2022 takeover.

Essentially the most instant comparability to the Watts, nevertheless, is likely to be with Wrexham homeowners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who’re at present celebrating their very own membership’s promotion.

The Welsh aspect’s rise underneath the Hollywood duo has largely been seen as an awesome success, although they too have detractors.

Watt has already sought out the recommendation of twin Canadian-American citizen Reynolds.