Burnley in 2014/5 – More squad depth required

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Sean Dyche’s side surprised most last season by trumping Harry Redknapp’s much favoured QPR to an automatic promotion spot by finishing 2nd in the Championship. Led by the goals of England U21 international Danny Ings and Wales striker Sam Vokes, who scored 21 goals and 20 league goals respectively, Dyche’s team was certainly dangerous going forward. Alongside this, The Clarets boasted the meanest defence in the league, conceding only 37 goals last season (an average of 0.8 per game), and losing only two home games on their way to promotion.

Aims for the season ahead

As with all the newly-promoted teams, the primary aim must be to survive. The last and only time Burnley were in the Premier League, under the command of the soon-to-be Bolton-bound Owen Coyle, they went straight back down, conceding a staggering 82 goals and enduring poor form away from home in particular. Dyche has already added to his squad with top flight experience in the form of Steven Reid and Matt Taylor, and Michael Kightly has joined permanently from Stoke City after enjoying a solid season on loan last year.

New additions Lucas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell will also provide extra firepower to support Ings and Vokes in what will be a difficult season. Secondly, The Clarets will be desperate to fend off interest for their star man Ings, as his goals could make the difference between survival and relegation. Whether Dyche will stick to his assertive strategy of out-scoring his opponents in the Premier League remains to be seen, but his defence will have to get up to the pace inside the first few games or the North West side will have a mountain to climb. He must ensure Turf Moor becomes a fortress, as it could be the points won and lost here that will determine their fate.

Key summer signing so far

Matt Taylor. Despite lacking the mobility he once had, the former West Ham and Portsmouth man knows what it is to be in a relegation scrap. His nous and leadership can help galvanise and focus the dressing room. On the pitch, he is adept at set pieces and is also capable of the occasional moment of magic – although maybe best not to count on too many 45 yard screamers.

Predicted finish: 20th

Sadly, I can see Burnley heading straight back down, and in spectacular fashion. Unless the manager can bring in some more depth and quality, I can see them struggling to adjust to the rigours of the league. Lose Danny Ings, and Dyche may well lose his job before May.


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