Burnley Team Review 2016/17, Key Players, Predictions and Expectations

The Clarets bounced back to the top flight of English football at the first time of asking, ending their title-winning season in the Championship on a 23 match unbeaten streak – a post-war club record.

Their last campaign in the Premier League saw Burnley relegated with two games to spare, but manager Sean Dyche will be delighted with the way his side stormed to promotion following the departures of key players such as Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier.

With activity in the transfer market extremely sparse, it appears Dyche will once again be putting his faith in the players that have instigated Premier League football at Turf Moor for the second time in three seasons.

 

Burnley’s Star Players

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Andre Gray was the Championship’s leading marksman last season with 23 goals and Burnley’s survival hopes will heavily depend on how quickly the 25-year-old adapts to life in the top-flight.

The loan signing of Jon Flanagan from Liverpool will bring positive Premier League experience, although the signings of Charlton duo Nick Pope and Icelandic international Johann Berg Gudmundsson are questionable given they were unable to prevent the Addicks from being relegated into League One. On the other hand, Gudmundsson started every match at the Euros for the shock quarter-finalists and ended last season with an impressive record of 12 assists and six goals.

 

Predicted Finish

Many Burnley supporters will be concerned that the club haven’t learnt the lessons from their last two Premier League adventures which resulted in an instant return to the Championship. Money is being pumped into the top-flight like no tomorrow and there is a worry that Burnley will once again struggle to survive the Premier League’s overwhelming injection of riches.

Any position 17th or above would be an incredible achievement for Sean Dyche’s men, but it is going to be an extremely big ask as evidenced by Bet365 pricing the Clarets at evens to suffer relegation from the top-flight for a third time.

 

Top Goal Scorer

Can Gray repeat his goalscoring feats from the 2015/16 season? Many players struggle to make the step up, but the former Brentford striker will be hoping the responsibility of being Burnley’s leading attacking option can inspire similar performances to last year.

 

History Of Burnley

Burnley were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and  one of only three teams to have triumphed in all top four professional divisions of English football. The club experienced FA Cup glory in 1914 and also reached the 1961 quarter-finals of the European Cup before losing to Eintracht Frankfurt.

 

Managers

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Sean Dyche has been hailed as one of the best young managers in England and the 45-year-old will be one of just four homegrown coaches in the Premier League this season.

Pivotal figures in years gone by include Owen Coyle and Harold Potts – the latter overseeing the club’s historic European run and delivering Burnley their second league championship crown a year previously.

 

Key Games to Look Out For

How they fare in their matches against other teams engulfed in the battle for survival will ultimately determine Burnley’s fate. Positive results in September’s home clashes against Hull and Watford will be critical in providing Burnley with a strong platform to build on for the remainder of the season.