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Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

Last season: 15th   

key player 

Arguably our biggest asset at the moment and potentially one of the most underrated players in the division, Ben Mee, is a critical player for us. He featured in every league game last season and his natural willingness to defend at all costs played a major factor in the club securing European football, just two seasons ago.

SIGNINGS SO FAR

It has been a quiet market in many respects with only two first team additions. The arrival of Erik Pieters is a good thing, he will definitely provide added competition alongside Charlie Taylor at left-back. Although, our second signing has to be my favourite. The return of the prodigal son, Jay Rodriguez. Having left for Southampton to fulfill his potential, now he’s home, where he belongs. Another signing we’ve made is a rather low key one, Ryan Cooney has joined the U23 setup, but he actually featured quite regularly last season at first team level for Bury. I’d keep an eye out for him!

Who TO SIGN

We’ve been linked with various players in recent weeks, some reported to be wide of the mark, but one of the names I personally am intrigued about a name doing the rounds, is Joakim Mæhle, who is a Danish right-back. He currently plays for Genk in Belgium and at just 21, he’s rated as one of the better players in the division.

EXPECTED FINISH

Most of the bookmakers have us down for another tough season, which is fair enough to be honest. Although, in all fairness the core base of the team heading into next season did predominantly feature in 2017/18 on our way to a 7thplace finish. There is clear ability in the squad. 

EXCITING GAME

Liverpool at home, August 31st, promises to be a good match. The Champions of Europe at Turf Moor, what more could you hope for?

TROPHY?

Realistically no. It would be nice to have a good run out in the cup and potentially get a look at some of our youth, particularly in the opening rounds, the likes of Ali Koiki and Jimmy Dunne maybe. However, the added fixture could prove too much for us.

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