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Profit Players: Ashley Barnes

Profit Players: Ashley Barnes - Burnley

When it comes to Burnley, the defenders Sean Dyche has at his disposal are renowned for being strong and playing like brutes in a complimentary way.

And you only have to look at their recent display against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to know why.

But as well as the likes of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood also share similar qualities up front.

Barnes, who scored the all-important equaliser for his side in that 2-2 draw with Chelsea, for example, can be a real warrior.

With his strength, desire to harry down the opposition and overall aggressiveness, which he usually channels in the right manner, the 29-year-old is willing to go into any battle, managing to come out on top a lot of the time.

What will delight Burnley supporters most about Barnes, though, is that he is now starting to add more goals to his game.

Last season, the Burnley man scored nine goals in the Premier League, going two better this term following that goal in west London.

Much is said about the partnership Mee and Tarkowski have struck up at the back. But the one Barnes and Wood currently have going has been just as important this campaign.

And with the former signed for £400k from Brighton (Burnley Express) and the latter from Leeds United for £14.76m (Transfermarkt), it cost just over £15m to assemble.

Dyche may not be working with the largest of budgets in the Premier League. But if he can continue to acquire cheap additions, who are able to deliver in the way Barnes has, then the Burnley boss should be able to keep the good times rolling at Turf Moor.

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