Burnley manager Sean Dyche has said that further signings are needed at Turf Moor between now and the end of the transfer window.
Goalkeeper Will Norris is the only new face at the club so far in this window and the Clarets boss is eager to bring in more players, although he is not in a major rush to do so.
As per Lancashire Live, Dyche told the media this morning: “It is clear and evident that we need people in. We are trying to effect that. It is rare that we get business in early. We are still waiting on the reality of the situation with the ones we feel we have a chance on.
“We have to look at people who can at least challenge our group with immediate effect. We are not close to anything at the moment but that is often the case.”
Although Norris is the only confirmed signing so far, Burnley continue to be linked with several potential additions. Fabian Delph (midfield), Joe Worrall (centre-back), Nathan Holland (winger) and Francesco Margiotta (striker) have all been named as potential transfer targets in recent days, with the Clarets seemingly casting a wide net in terms of possible incomings.
According to TransferMarkt, Dyche is working with a first team squad of 25 players, the second smallest in the Premier League, with the lack of depth starkly laid bare towards the latter weeks of last season when the manager routinely named several substitutes who had yet to make a senior debut. Indeed, there were games in which Burnley couldn’t even fill the increased maximum complement of nine substitutes towards the end of 2019/20.
One thing which Dyche seems to have in his squad is a good balance – apart from the right wing, he has at least two players for every position, with five centre-backs, five central midfielders, four strikers and four goalkeepers. [via TransferMarkt]
However, the Clarets could have a fight on their hands to keep some of their prized assets. West Ham have offered £28m for James Tarkowski, who was ever-present in the Premier League last term, while Leicester are interested in Dwight McNeil, who started every league match in 2019/20.
Dyche may have a decent balance throughout his squad but the multitude of injuries which decimated his selection range towards the end of last season ought to be a warning that Burnley need greater depth.
Even in pre-season, they have been forced to turn to inexperienced youngsters such as Jimmy Dunne and Bobby Thomas due to a plethora of centre-back injuries, a scenario which could easily arise again during a hectic and condensed 2020/21 campaign.
Which position do Burnley need to prioritise in this transfer window?
The Clarets managed to finish in the top half last term despite having one of the smallest squads in the Premier League. Unless they add a few new faces over the next four weeks, they could be hard pushed to repeat that feat, particularly if the likes of McNeil and Tarkowski are lured elsewhere.
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