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Andy Lochhead: Burnley jigsaw is coming together
SEAN Dyche is ticking all the right boxes as he prepares his squad for the Premier League.
A goalkeeper, a winger, a left sided midfielder who doubles up as a wing back, a right back who can play in midfield and a striker.
Hopefully there are more to come, but the manager has certainly made a good start to bring a good blend of youth and experience to the squad.
Experience cannot be underestimated in the Premier League. And it’s not just about what the likes of Matt Taylor and Steven Reid can bring on the pitch.
Obviously they will be looking to play as much as possible, but their influence in and around the dressing room will be just as important when we make the step up, especially to the younger players.
It makes for a better squad and a better, much more rounded team and I think we will hold our own next season.
It’s also encouraging that despite many seasons at the top level they have not come to Burnley expecting to walk straight into the team.
They value the achievements of the squad last season and the talented group they are joining, and are making all the right noises about wanting to earn the right to play. They are not taking anything for granted.
They will be looking forward to getting out to Austria for a good training camp and chance to bond properly. These trips are always useful to get to know what makes your team-mates tick on and off the pitch.
Whether any other new faces will join them before they jet off remains to be seen. Certainly the inflated fee for Ross McCormack has put a spanner in the works for buying clubs.
And what price Danny Ings – the Championship player of the year – now if McCormack can command £11million.
Hopefully that’s something we won’t have to worry about and he follows on from Sam Vokes, Kieran Trippier and now Scott Arfield in signing a new deal.
I, and all the Burnley fans, live in hope.