Burnley season preview
Ahead of the new Premier League season, Sky Sports examines Burnley's strengths and weaknesses as well as giving you the chance to select your preferred XI...
By Adam Bate
Last Updated: 14/08/14 9:21am
Can Burnley survive in the Premier League? Here's the lowdown on what's new at Turf Moor...
Winning promotion to the Premier League was a truly remarkable achievement by Sean Dyche and his team. Having introduced a ‘one-club mentality’ and got his team working together to play a pressing game, Burnley picked up a club record 93 points in a season. The Clarets will be underdogs in the top flight but there is plenty of cause for optimism and with the Chelsea the first team to visit Turf Moor the atmosphere around the place should be superb right from the start.
Much of the summer has been about consolidating what’s been achieved so far with right-back Kieran Trippier as well as Dyche himself both signing new deals. Experience has been added in Steven Reid and Matty Taylor but the plan seems to be to complement the quality already in place rather than make statement signings. Marvin Sordell could fill in for Sam Vokes until the Welshman returns from injury, reflecting the fact that depth has been added but the core remains the same.
Danny Ings was a big part of the team’s success last term, scoring 20 Championship goals to fire Burnley into the top two. It’s telling that none of the three relegated teams in last season’s Premier League had a player who scored more than seven so if the England U21 international can beat that it will go a long way to securing safety. However, if it’s a return to the haul of the 2012/13 campaign when Ings netted three goals in 33 appearances, Burnley could be in trouble.
Aside from the need for Ings to fire, Burnley will need to vastly improve their away record from their last time in the Premier League when they picked up just four points on their travels. That means the defence must hold up under pressure. An experienced back line that included veteran Michael Duff dealt well with the aerial challenges in the Championship but pace is needed this year against opponents who play on the deck and look to thread passes in behind. Burnley must adapt fast.
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- Burnley used a joint-league-low 23 different players in Championship fixtures last season (Leicester the other).
- Burnley went 19 games unbeaten at home between August and March (W13 D6); the longest run in the division.
- Sean Dyche’s men conceded a league-low 37 goals in the Championship last term.
I like Burnley boss Sean Dyche; he’s got a lot about him. He’s done a great job there, he’s got a bit of personality and he knows the game. Burnley haven’t got a fortune to spend but they’ve got two players in their squad who will play for England – Kieran Trippier and Danny Ings. Those two are really important for them. Burnley will be looking to Ings to score the goals and I’ve no doubt he has the quality to score in the Premier League. If you look at the teams that have come up they’ll need a 1-0 here and there to amass those vital points. If they stay up it will be one of the best achievements in Premier League history – but they could do it.