Burnley fans in the Transfer Tavern are fetching their suitcases after the Clarets secured a return to Europe for the first time in 51 years.
Sean Dyche has guided his side to seventh place in the Premier League table meaning Burnley will enter the Europa League next campaign. It will be the first time since 1967 that the Clarets have competed on the European stage highlighting the meteoric rise the club has taken since being promoted in 2014.
Despite a superb season, the hard work starts in the summer as the club look to build a squad capable of competing on multiple fronts. The demands of European football are well documented with plenty of clubs struggling after qualifying for the first time – Burnley must strengthen in order to avoid a similar fate.
With one of the smallest squads in the league, recruits are needed. One man they could look to sign is West Brom winger – Matt Phillips. The Scottish international is valued at £8.1m by Transfermarkt and could be on the move following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship. The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons, but a change of scenery could be just what he needs.
Phillips can play right across the front line, making him a valuable option for Dyche should he complete a move to Turf Moor. He is technically gifted, extremely quick and would provide service to Burnley’s frontmen.
If he can make some improvements to his finishing ability, Phillips could prove to be a masterstroke of a signing by the Clarets.
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