Premier League season preview: Burnley - predicted finish 20th

Sean Dyche will be hoping to stay in the Premier League. Photo: PA

Predicted finish: 20th

Ins: Michael Kightly (Stoke City) Undisclosed, Matt Gilks (Unattached) Free, Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers) Undisclosed, Matt Taylor (West Ham United) Free, Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) Free, Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) Undisclosed

Outs: David Edgar (Released), Brian Stock (Released), Keith Treacy (Released), Nick Liversedge (Released), Junior Stanislas (Released), Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion) Free

New signings - the verdict:

It’s always tricky when coming up from the Championship to decide which route you’re going to endeavour down; Burnley have decided to bring in some experienced Premier League stalwarts in the shape of Matty Taylor and Steven Reid who will increase the average of the squad at the very least. In addition to that Matt Gilks has come in to battle Tom Heaton for the No.1 jersey.

Michael Kightly has joined on a permanent deal after impressing on loan last season. After battling through a Championship campaign with two, albeit very good, strikers, investment has brought hit and miss duo Lukas Jutkiwiez and Marvin Sordell to Turf Moor to add a touch of guile and power to their forward line, with boss Dyche realising that they cannot rely on Sam Vokes and Danny Ings making the tricky step up.

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Marvin Sordell has been signed to score goals. Credit: PA

One to watch: Kieran Trippier

When a side is promoted, it generally turns out that a lot of their stars fade in the big time, but Burnley possess a number of stars who could prove their ability in the Premier League.

Right-back Kieran Trippier will have his eyes on being a first-choice at Turf Moor, playing on the biggest stage. The former Manchester City youngster has been one of Burnley’s most consistent performers, making his berth his own.

A tenacious full-back, Tripper, has the energy to get up and down the flank all game. He’s fierce in the tackle and progressive when it comes to attacking, with the ability to cross on the move and from set-pieces.

The man himself is hoping the challenge of the Premier League might allow to catch the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, he said: “It's always been my ambition to play for England. I've played at a young age and it was an honour, I loved every minute of it. I'm playing in the Premier League now and I just want to do very well. Hopefully I can catch the manager's eye and show what I can do, and hopefully I can get the nod.”

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Kieran Trippier is eyeing a call up. Credit: PA

Manager:

Sean Dyche was dismissed by Watford after the new Italian owners realised he has been brought up on pasta in Udine.

At Burnley he was never expected to do anything other than keep them afloat in the competitive second tier, but he exceeded everyone expectations last year.

Dyche lost key striker Charlie Austin late on, but still composed a cohesive team, made rigid by a consistent back four and the goals from Vokes and Ings, which powered them into the Premier League behind only champions Leicester.

Dyche will be ruthless in his attempts to keep the Clarets in the top flight; he knows his side’s limitations, so will ensure their strengths are maximised.

His attempts to build a squad capable of staying in the top-flight has seen him make more than 500 phone calls about players, he recently admitted, proving he will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of success.