Burnley: Third Time Lucky
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 26, 2016
Can Burnley finally survive a season in the Premier League? In their past two attempts they have fallen just short. In the 09-10 season Burnley went down with 30 points, they improved that total slightly in the 14-15 season and went down with 33 points. Sean Dyche will be looking to build on that total and at least reach 39 points which kept Sunderland afloat last season.
Sean Dyche has managed to keep many of the individuals that were relegated in the 14-15 season. This will provide much needed experience for the season ahead. The likes of Scott Arfield, Sam Vokes, George Boyd; who scored a stunner to beat Manchester City in their last Premier League season. They have a prolific striker in Andre Gray. He scored 25 goals in the Championship last season and has a similar build to that of Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. Burnley will look to use Andre Gray’s pace and power to bully other teams’ defences and will provide the firepower up top.
In terms of transfers and bulking up the squad, Sean Dyche has firmly said that he will ‘not break the bank’. They have signed Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Charlton. He scored 6 goals and made 11 goals for the Championship strugglers last season. He was also a vital part of Iceland’s sensational European Championship performance this summer. He was instrumental in the 2-1 win over England. Dyche is desperate to bring in Jeff Hendrick from Derby, but they are currently not impressed with the 3 million pound offer. Hendrick also had a splendid summer, showing off his talents and versatility in the Republic of Ireland squad.
Burnley are also looking to keep hold of Michael Keane. He is the rock in the centre of a superb Burnley defence. The current Premier League champions; Leicester City are after him, but due to Burnley’s superb financial control they may be able to hold out for a sensational offer. Similar to Bournemouth again, Burnley will be looking to keep hold of their manager. Dyche has been in charge since 2012 and in that time has led Burnley to two promotions. Speculation was rife recently that he may jump ship to Sunderland after ‘Big Sam’ left. However he stayed loyal. But how long can Burnley keep hold of the fan-dubbed ‘Ginger Mourinho’?