Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said that the club’s transfer market ambitions have evolved from recent years, with the focus now on signings who could make an instant impact at Turf Moor rather than those who would need time to settle in gently at the club.
The Clarets boss feels that the days of sealing cut-price swoops for Championship players like he did with Nick Pope and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are over, admitting that higher-level signings could make a rather more sizeable dent in his transfer budget.
As per Lancashire Live, Dyche said: “Maybe there will be a softening because clubs might be a bit more hungry to get finance in. We don’t know yet. But it is unlikely to soften to getting Nick Pope for £1.5m and Gudmundsson for £2.5m.
“But I think we have moved on enough to not just be looking at that market. I think we should be looking beyond those markets and looking at possibly a more rounded style player rather than always looking at ones who have a chance at growing into the job. But that does take finance so we will wait and see.”
Dyche has rarely been a spendthrift manager, often succeeding in enhancing his squad with economical captures aside from occasional eight-figure splurges on the likes of Ben Gibson, Chris Wood and Matej Vydra.
As per TransferMarkt, the Clarets have spent just under £17.5m on new signings since last summer, with Josh Brownhill alone accounting for more than half of that sum. Despite Burnley being in the Premier League for a fourth successive season (and will have a fifth in 2020/21), it is their lowest yearly outlay since 2014.
Indeed, they are a comfortable 10th in the table despite that modest spend, level on points with Arsenal (who spent £137.6m in the last 12 months) and nine places higher than relegation-threatened Aston Villa, who lavished more than £143m on new signings since June 2019.
Dyche’s fiscally sensible approach to the transfer market has served Burnley very well, with the Clarets now an established Premier League club and vastly outperforming other clubs who have indulged in far greater spending.
However, with the Turf Moor outfit in the chase for European football, and now settled in the top flight rather than bouncing up and down the divisions like in previous years, perhaps the time has come for the club to reconsider their transfer policy and look at marquee signings rather than shopping for bargains from the EFL basket.
Which would you prefer for Burnley in the summer transfer window?
1-2 big-money signings
Several low-budget squad additions
That doesn’t meant spending big for the sake of it – Dyche will surely want to avoid bringing someone in who could upset the Burnley dressing room – but rather shedding an apparent inferiority complex and embracing their status as fixed-level, Europe-chasing Premier League material.
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