Burnley manager Sean Dyche is determined to sort out new contracts for a number of players who are approaching the end of their current deals at Turf Moor.
No fewer than 15 members of the Clarets’ first team squad are into the final year of their current contracts and the 49-year-old is keen to get several of those tied down in addition to exploring potential new signings.
Addressing the contracts situation to Lancashire Live, Dyche said: “There’s more to come. We have to make sure we’re safeguarding in house as well as looking outside of what we do. And that has to be looked at, quite obviously, and we are doing.
“In house is important as well because we think we’ve got some very good players here and I think it works on two levels. It works in the sense of rewarding them for what they’ve done, and continue to do, and also safeguarding the club for the football business, operating in the Premier League, and the business side, where we should remain strong.”
Burnley have made some progress in terms of contract renewals, taking up an option on Ben Mee to keep him at the club until 2022 and securing a new deal for Bailey Peacock-Farrell (as per Lancashire Live).
However, a plethora of players are just over nine months away from coming to the end of their current deals, including several first team regulars at Turf Moor. Jay Rodriguez, Ashley Westwood, Jack Cork, Charlie Taylor, Phil Bardsley and Erik Pieters, all of whom made more than 20 Premier League appearances last season, will all be out of contract next July as things stand.
Only nine members of Dyche’s current squad are contracted beyond next summer, although key players such as Mee, James Tarkowski, Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood and Nick Pope are among that number (as per TransferMarkt).
Burnley saw Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon and Joe Hart all leave the club at the end of June after they were unable to agree short-term renewals to keep them with the Clarets until the end of the delayed 2019/20 season, so Dyche may be understandably wary of a similar situation arising once more.
With just 24 players, Burnley have the joint-smallest squad in the Premier League as it is, so tying down key personnel to new deals ought to be a matter of priority.
Indeed, as Dyche has hinted, the more players that are committed to new contracts, the lesser the need becomes to splurge in a transfer market which has been affected by circumstances arising from the global pandemic.
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