SEAN Dyche has warned Burnley that Jay Rodriguez won’t be the only ‘one to watch’ at Southampton this afternoon.
The Clarets boss was on the coaching staff at Watford when Jack Cork signed on loan from Chelsea.
Midfielder Cork later went on to enjoy two loan spells at Turf Moor before making a permanent move to St Mary’s Stadium, where he is expected to be involved against the Clarets in today’s FA Cup third round tie.
“Jack’s a great lad, a really solid lad and a really good professional,” said Dyche.
“I’m very pleased for him because he was a young man coming out of Chelsea and had that thirst to get out there, in the right way, to go and play.
“He did that at Watford and came up to Burnley and eventually settled at Southampton.
“He is a real good package – a good professional, a good person and a good player.”
Rodriguez left Burnley before Dyche’s arrival as manager in October 2012, but the Clarets boss says he has made a lasting impact on the club after coming through the ranks to earn a big money move to the Premier League.
“It’s a sign of what can be achieved at this football club through the youth system, into the development squad and into the first team,” said Dyche.
“I’ve been on record as saying how important that alignment is and he is a key marker. For obvious reasons when you get those key markers it builds belief in the system.
“That’s a really nice bi-product of a player like him doing what he did for Burnley Football Club and then moving on.”