Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said that he has spoken to club chairman Mike Garlick about his wishes for the summer transfer window, although he did not go into details about the number of players that he wants or the positions that he is targeting.
As per Lancashire Live, the 49-year-old said when pressed about the subject of transfers: “We always keep him [Garlick] informed on what needs to be done and what will at some point have to be done, I think. He’s certainly in the loop with the information that is important.”
While Burnley may have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League matches and remain in a hunt for a Europa League place, in one way the season cannot end quickly enough for Dyche, whose squad has been decimated by injuries and expired contracts.
Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady have been among several players missing since the Premier League restart due to injury, with Jack Cork and Ben Mee now set to miss the rest of the campaign after body blows in recent days.
As per TransferMarkt, Dyche is operating off a squad of just 21 senior players and has even been unable to name the full complement of nine substitutes for some matches despite drafting in academy players to make up the numbers.
A lack of squad depth is a glaring issue at Turf Moor while the Clarets tend not to be the most spendthrift of clubs – as per TransferMarkt, they have parted with less than £17.5m in signings over the last 12 months and more than half of that went on one player in Josh Brownhill. With Premier League clubs’ spending likely to be heavily curtailed this summer due to a loss of income amid the coronavirus pandemic, don’t expect Burnley to be splashing the cash in 2020, either.
Dyche is in something of a Catch-22 situation regarding Burnley’s summer transfer plans. Even without Europa League qualification, there is a need to add greater squad depth, something which could be made tougher if their spending power is limited following the effects of COVID-19.
If they do get into Europe, that would bring greater income from prize money but would also provide another obstacle in the form of a busier fixture list, therefore intensifying the need to bulk up their squad for next season.
Do you expect Burnley to be busy in the summer transfer window?
The Clarets face a delicate balancing act in the next transfer window – they could certainly do with a bigger squad but the finances may just not be there to allow for it.
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