The Burnley fans in the Transfer Tavern are a combination of shocked and ecstatic with their team’s performance this season.
Having bravely fought off relegation for the past couple of years, the fans can scarcely believe that their club would be competing for European qualification this season. But Sean Dyche has been working his magic and the dream is very much alive at Turf Moor.
With over half the season gone already, Burnley sit seventh in the Premier League. They are just five points behind Arsenal in sixth place and four clear of Leicester City in eight.
In order to maintain this push for a Europa League spot, Dyche needs to add some strength in depth to his threadbare squad. One area that needs addressing is the centre back spot.
Having sold Michael Keane in the summer, Burnley fans would have thought that a new player would come in. But James Tarkowski was instead handed a starting role and his performances this season have been nothing short of exceptional. His partnership with Ben Mee is one of the most envied and watertight in the whole division.
But depth is a problem at the back and Kevin Long has had to come in when Tarkowski and Mee have been respectively suspended and injured. To sort this problem out, Dyche should try to bring in Aden Flint from Bristol City.
Rated at £1.8m on Transfermarkt, the towering defender is dominant in the air and a leader at the back. His top displays for Bristol City have seen them rise towards the top of the league table and compete for promotion. With his height too, he is a threat from set pieces and has chipped in with numerous goals over the past few years.
The 28-year-old needs to make a Premier League move soon to further his career and Burnley could offer him a deal too tempting to refuse.