BURNLEY confirmed the capture of Danny Drinkwater on loan until January 6 from Chelsea on deadline day.

The midfielder didn't feature for Chelsea at all in the Premier League last season and Dyche hopes he and Burnley can get the Premier League winner back to his best.

Drinkwater will know his first job is to shift Jack Cork, last years player of the year Ashley Westwood and Jeff Hendrick out of them midfield positions on the pitch.

Burnley submitted a deal sheet before the 5pm deadline on Thursday to complete the deal for the Manchester-born midfielder, where he made just 23 appearances for the Blues after his £35 million move from Leicester.

"Absolutely, and they continue to do so, so there's no question mark on them at all," Dyche said when asked about the form of Cork, Westwood and Hendrick in his midfield over the years.

"We do want strength, and when you think we have a net spend of about £5ish million, with Drinky getting over the line, I think we've done well with that.

"There's a good mixture of different qualities to bring to the squad, to continue what we're doing, and to make it even more competitive.

"And then if you add in, hopefully, a scenario where hopefully there's more fitness this year, in terms of being injury free, then, yet again, that continues with this idea of that competitive spirit and competitive edge.

"You're hoping that pushes people to bring even more out of themselves."

The Burnley manager has always been an admirer of the England international, capped three times, after spending half a season with him when he was on loan at Watford and Dyche was assistant manager back in 2011.

Dyche hopes that Drinkwater's northern routes will help him settle: "I think (it's a good fit), certainly geographically, and sometimes that's helpful, not always, some players settle anywhere they go, but he's very familiar with these parts, he knows of the club, about me, some of our players, so, in that way it fits.

"But sometimes it comes down to when the whistle blows, the end product of the work he'll do here, first of all finding out about his fitness levels, his sharpness, in football terms, and he's got to earn the right to play, as have all signings here.

"I've never told a player signing here 'you're going to be this'. I've said, 'you'll come into the group and you've got to earn your spurs'.

"That's the right and proper way of doing things."