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Burnley boss has no concern over Ings links
SEAN Dyche says he has no concerns that Danny Ings’ head could be turned by reports linking other clubs with an interest in the Burnley striker.
Ings is the Clarets’ top scorer this season with 15 goals and will be a key man in tomorrow’s top of the table clash at Leicester City,.
But Celtic this week became the latest club to be linked with a January move for Ings, after recent reports that Liverpool were monitoring the forward.
Dyche accepts that Ings’ form this season is likely to see clubs taking note of the 21-year-old’s progress, but remained unconcerned by the reports of Celtic’s apparent interest.
“The reason I don’t worry is that it’s another link with another club,” said the Clarets boss.
“They can’t all be true, can they?
“To be honest we don’t over-think it. It’s good in a way that we’re doing so well that people are taking what we’re doing, and the players we’re doing it with, very seriously.
“The other side of it is you don’t want people hovering around your players. But it’s just inevitable, it’s a fact of the game.
“When players are doing well other clubs come and look at them.
“We do ourselves, but perhaps not at the level of others due to the finances, but we’re certainly out there watching players at other clubs.
“My concern is keeping the group motivated to win games.
“The rest of it is conjecture, speculation, perception, not fact, so it just takes care of itself.”
Dyche confirmed that Dean Marney is set to return from injury for the trip to the King Power Stadium, while Keith Treacy has overcome a knock.
Despite being top of the table, Burnley are the underdogs with the bookmakers for the trip to third-placed Leicester and Dyche admits that the Foxes have a greater expectation on their shoulders this season.
Nigel Pearson’s position as Leicester manager had seemed to be under threat before an encouraging start to the new campaign.
“I think there’s a different kind of expectation just because of the resources they’ve spent previously, the squad they’ve got, the size of the club, the crowds,” Dyche said.
“You put them in the category with the bigger end of the market with QPR, Nottingham Forest, big resources, big clubs.
“They’ve got very experienced players, they’ve got a lot of players who can affect games, they’ve got a very strong squad and a very strong bench.
“You can understand why there’s an expectation there for all of those reasons. But I was very pleased to see they stuck by Nigel in the summer when there was a lot of talk about would they change.”
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