It might be Taylor time

It would be an understatement to say there were few positives to come out of Burnley’s defeat at Sheffield United.

The main one might just be the performance of Charlie Taylor.

It’s been a frustrating campaign for the left back who has been unable to build on a breakthrough season last time around.

Injury at the wrong time handed Erik Pieters his chance and the Dutchman has been Sean Dyche’s preferred option thus far. But given an opportunity at half-time, Taylor took his chance.

Looking to get forward at every opportunity, he more than looked the part.

Yes, the Blades took their foot off the gas, but if Dyche does shuffle the pack against West Ham, the former Leeds man should be at the front of the queue.

Away wait goes on

The Clarets are still looking for their first away win of the season and in truth, they have never looked further away from that than they did on Saturday.

Well beaten by the break, this was never a day where Burnley were going to break their duck on the road. The last triumph away from Turf Moor came at Bournemouth on April 6.

The wait for a clean sheet stretches further, to the 0-0 draw at Watford back on January 19.

It’s a monkey the Clarets would love to get off their back and the corresponding fixture at Vicarage Road this season looks an attractive proposition.

The first game after the international break on November 23 will see Dyche’s men face a side having a wretched season and increasingly set for relegation.

Blades will win admirers

There’s plenty to like about Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United.

An honest British manager, emerging players being given the chance in the top flight and a style of play that is inventive.

Wilder has stuck to the principles that saw him win promotion with his hometown club last season.

Everyone knows all about the three at the back and the overlapping central defenders. But as Burnley found out on Saturday it is one thing knowing about it and another stopping it.

The Clarets were simply overrun, in part down to the Blades’ prowess and in part down to their own ineptitude.

The three points however mean Wilder’s men are sixth in the top flight so it’s clear Burnley haven’t been the only side to come unstuck against a side who are quickly shaking off the ‘newly-promoted’ tag. The question now, is can they last the course?