BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche believes he is getting the right blend of players for the Premier League, after completing a double swoop for Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor.
The deal for Sordell was finalised more than a week after the striker was due to make his £500,000 move from Bolton, due to a hold-up in the administration of the 23-year-old’s Wanderers exit.
Former West Ham United midfielder Taylor’s free transfer went through smoothly, meanwhile, to double the number of Burnley summer signings, with winger Michael Kightly and goalkeeper Matt Gilks the first through the door.
Dyche expects Taylor to bring the benefit of his top flight experience, while he is excited at the prospect of Sordell rekindling his career at Turf Moor.
Sordell blossomed under Dyche’s watch at Watford, first as a youth team player before progressing to become a £3million-plus signing for Owen Coyle’s Bolton in January 2012 on the strength of scoring 25 goals in a season-and-a-half at Vicarage Road.
The price tag proved tough to cope with for the former England Under 21 international, however, and he spent all of last season on loan at Charlton Athletic.
But Dyche believes he can bring the best out in Sordell again.
“He has had a tough couple of years over at Bolton after going there for a big fee, but he’s a young man and when you have an awkward time that can teach you as much as anything about yourself,” he said. “It’s just about giving him that freedom to express himself as a young footballer.
“There is talent there and that’s important and I think he knows that it is a good chance for him to re-invent or add to what he is.”
As for Taylor, Dyche is looking for the versatile midfielder to bring the benefit of his experience, having played Premier League football for the last 11 seasons with Portsmouth, Bolton and West Ham.
The 32-year-old has penned a two-year deal, and Dyche said: “We know we are going into what is arguably the best league in the world and we also know that it helps to have experience at that level.
“Matt has an abundance of that, as well as being a very talented player.
“Certainly there is a lot of football left in him.”
Taylor knows there are no guarantees for selection, despite the wealth of experience he brings.
“Personally, I just want to be on the teamsheet, but you have to earn that at any club you go to, so I will be working hard, as everybody will,” he said. “Hopefully I can hold down a position in the team, but that will only come through hard work and earning the respect of the players here.”
He added: “When I spoke to the manager here and had a good chat about his philosophy, it was a great move for me. I had three-and-a-half wonderful years at Bolton and I like this part of the country, so it was an easy decision to make.”
Sordell, whose deal could keep him at Turf Moor until 2017, echoed that sentiment.
“I know the manager very well,” he said. “My first encounter with him was when I was about 16 and he was youth team manager at Watford. As I progressed at Watford he did the same. He’s an excellent manager. He’s done very well for this club and now I want to come here and do well for him.”