Stephen Cummings: Now is the time for Clarets to act

Lancashire Telegraph: Sean Dyche Sean Dyche

IN just a few short hours from now the transfer window will be flung open, signalling the commencement of clubs’ annual scramble to recruit reinforcements in the pursuit of promotion, or the avoidance of relegation.

Let’s hope Burnley are somewhere near the front of the queue, because events of recent weeks suggest that they need to be.

It seems aeons ago since that Saturday afternoon in late October, when the Clarets deservedly saw off Queens Park Rangers with a Danny Ings double to retain their position as the division’s top dogs and open up a three point lead over Leicester City.

A couple of months down the line, both the weather and Burnley’s form have cooled considerably. Since putting Harry Redknapp’s side to the sword, Sean Dyche’s charges have managed maximum points in just two of their 10 ten Championship fixtures.

Thankfully things are nowhere near that grim for the Clarets, as evidenced by just three Championship defeats since August, a still enviable league position and a group of players who have a fantastic togetherness and team spirit.

Yet what has also become increasingly obvious over the past few weeks, is that if the club are at all serious about doing in the second half of the season what they did in the first, then the squad needs to make two or three good quality additions.

Burnley have a great group of players, a terrific manager and a tremendous opportunity. It would be criminal to allow it to wither on the vine.

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4:22pm Tue 31 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

Time to act?? They've been acting big since August. Now they need to return to where they belong in the chorus line and let the big guns drive through. Pull over and move out the way.
Time to act?? They've been acting big since August. Now they need to return to where they belong in the chorus line and let the big guns drive through. Pull over and move out the way. FakeVilla_MTCabinet

4:38pm Tue 31 Dec 13

tall in the saddle says...

You will know that they have tried and other Championship clubs have refused to loan to them. Maybe better luck if they try this time. But let’s face who would have thought they would be in this great position coming into the New Year – maybe only Sean Dyche, who has done a great job. Compare this to the horse fiddlers down the road. Already about 20 points behind us (is it?) and heading for another null points match tomorrow. And very soon the real fun will begin down there.

Happy New Year to all
You will know that they have tried and other Championship clubs have refused to loan to them. Maybe better luck if they try this time. But let’s face who would have thought they would be in this great position coming into the New Year – maybe only Sean Dyche, who has done a great job. Compare this to the horse fiddlers down the road. Already about 20 points behind us (is it?) and heading for another null points match tomorrow. And very soon the real fun will begin down there. Happy New Year to all tall in the saddle

11:14am Wed 1 Jan 14

tall in the saddle says...

After the announcement of Bolton’s massive losses I would think Craig Davies will arrive at Turf Moor this afternoon!!!
After the announcement of Bolton’s massive losses I would think Craig Davies will arrive at Turf Moor this afternoon!!! tall in the saddle

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