SEAN Dyche believes teenagers Ollie Younger and Dwight McNeil will have benefited from a taste of life in the Premier League after travelling with the Clarets squad to Swansea City.

The 18-year-olds were part of the travelling party that headed for South Wales, staying with the first-team squad on Friday night and although they weren't involved at the Liberty Stadium they both experience a match day in the Premier League.

With Dyche's squad missing eight senior players through injury the Clarets chief called on defender Younger and attacking midfield McNeil to bolster numbers and he believes the trip was part of the 'stepping stone' for them as they look to make the grade at Turf Moor.

“It’s great for them to get a feel of it,” Dyche said.

“They get a feel for the build-up, how we build-up, and a feel for the Premier League and the performance.

“It’s an important part of their stepping stone.

“They are part of the group. They have been training with us and working with us and they have been showing good signs.

“They have got a lot of work to do yet, but when we can, they come and work with us and work with the team. And not just those two. Other players come and train with us. It’s an on-going thing.”

Younger and McNeil have both made the step up from the under-18s to Michael Duff's under-23 side this season and have impressed at that level.

But Dyche accepts that getting players from academy football to the Premier League is a difficult task.

“We aren’t here to look for the glory of developing players. We are here to win games and we know we have to get back to that,” he told Clarets Player.

“But there has to be a secondary level. Behind the result there’s an on-going way that we work and these two are part of it at the moment.

“It’s important for these players, and the experience Kevin Long and Charlie Taylor are getting is important, to keep maturing and to know what the Premier League is about.

“It’s not just for now. It’s about what we can do next, but of course my focus at the minute is definitely to get the team back to winning ways.

“It’s an important part of the bigger picture but my job, and the team’s job, is to get back to winning ways and that’s what we have to focus on.”