Premier League: Burnley boss Sean Dyche still searching for new players
Last Updated: 18/08/14 5:45pm
Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he is still looking for new players but will only buy if it doesn't upset the balance in his current squad.
The Clarets play their first match back in the top flight on Monday when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea visit Turf Moor.
Dyche is working on a small budget and has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to the squad that finished second in the Championship.
The Burnley boss has only brought in six players, Matt Taylor and Steven Reid have added some top-flight experience, while strikers Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell, winger Michael Kightly and goalkeeper Matt Gilks have also been added.
Dyche said: "We want to find a balanced group in Burnley's world, both financially and what we think is right for the group and how we operate. I think we've done that so far and we are looking to add further.
"Obviously the two main lads with experience we've brought in are Steven Reid and Matty Taylor.
"They're still active, they've made it clear they are by getting games under their belt in recent seasons, but they also have that real depth of Premier League knowledge about going around the country and playing at all the Premier League stadiums and I think that's important because it gives that balance to the group."
Jutkiewicz has pleased Dyche since joining from Middlesbrough last month, the 25-year-old having been Burnley's star player in pre-season, scoring six goals in as many games.
"He's open-minded, big Juke, and we like that," Dyche said. "(Sam) Vokes proved last year how open-minded he was and (Danny) Ings, the way we work and the way we operate.
"We take that side of things seriously, the development of players no matter what their age is, and if they choose to run with our ideas and our thinking, it's been pretty positive so far the outcome that they've got, which of course
affects the team in a positive manner.
"We're looking to work with all the players, no matter what age. We want them to improve, we want them to engage and be aligned with what we do.
"It's important as a team we are totally aligned on the outcome, and that is delivering good performances in order to get wins."