JAMES Tarkowski made the step up from Championship to Premier League back in 2016 when Burnley signed the centre half from Brentford.

And now the England international believes new signing Josh Brownhill will have no troubling doing the same .

Brownhill was captured from Bristol City on the penultimate day of the transfer window for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million.

“I’ve come up against him a few times when he was at Preston and at Bristol City,” said Tarkowski.

“I think he’s a very good player, he was captain there when he was 23 so that shows how well he was doing.

“He’s a great addition to our squad and he’s still at an age where he’s got time to learn and experience this league.

“He’s a great signing for us and he’ll come in and add a bit more competition in the squad. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is renowned for not tinkering with his starting XI and he has no reason to at the moment as the Clarets are currently unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches.

Tarkowski highlighted how Brownhill will need to show patience in the beginning.

“I think he’ll need to be patient a little bit because the gaffer is quite consistent with the way he picks his team,” Tarkowski added.

“He’ll get his chance and when he does I’m sure he’ll take it. From what I’ve seen of him he’s a very good player so I expect him to do well.

“We lost Drinky (Danny Drinkwater) so we needed somebody in there. We need that competition for places, we need to keep working as a squad with people fighting for the chance to get into the team.

“Everybody does that, it’s a strong squad and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Burnley are not rash when it comes to the transfer market and Tarkowski believes Brownhill fits the bill for the profile of player the club look for.

“The club know what they’re doing when recruiting players, they know the kind of person and the kind of player he is. I’m sure he’ll fit in perfectly,” he said.

Brownhill will be expected to be in the squad for Burnley’s next game away at Southampton a week on Saturday, where he could make his debut.