FORMER Claret Frank Sinclair doesn’t expect Burnley to lose James Tarkowski this summer.

Sinclair believes Tarkowski will be happy to stay at Turf Moor and continue his development as a regular for another campaign, having narrowly missed out on a spot in England’s World Cup squad.

Tarkowski had a fine first season as a Premier League regular, earning his first Three Lions cap against Italy in March when he completed the full game.

“I don’t think they will lose Tarkowski. He’s progressing at the club and he’s in and around the England squad,” Sinclair said of the 25-year-old.

“I think it (would have been) a different story if he went to the World Cup and played superbly, as he would attract a different type of football club.

“But he had a great season last year, and I think he’ll stay at Burnley to build up his constancy before one of the big clubs try to pursue him.”

While Sinclair expects Tarkowski to remain at Turf Moor, the former Turf skipper wants to see a number of new faces this summer.

Burnley’s season begins on July 26 in the Europa League second qualifying round but Sinclair doesn’t think they have the squad to cope with the dual demands just yet.

“Burnley don’t have the squad to compete in the league and in Europe, and I think Sean Dyche knows that,” he said.

“Every season you need to improve your squad regardless of where you finish, you cannot afford to stand still in football. You’ve seen this with the likes of Leicester City winning the league, standing still and nearly getting relegated.”

Former Chelsea defender Sinclair believes it’s in front of goal that the Clarets need to focus on this summer.

He told “I think every club is looking for a 20 goal a season striker, which Burnley haven’t had for a while. If they can get someone in of that calibre, then they’ll always have a successful season.

“Ashley Barnes has had a great season, and the whole team has been a handful to deal with going forward, scoring some great goals. However, if you want to continue progressing as a team, then they will need to go on and sign a striker that will improve the team.”