The Burnley fans in the Transfer Tavern have been waxing lyrical about the quality of their side’s performances so far this season and they believe they thoroughly deserve a place in the Europa League next season.
The ginger Mourinho has masterminded a simply astonishing season for the Clarets in which they have defied all expectation to climb into a Europa League qualification spot. With a 6-point cushion over 8th place Everton and just 2 fixtures remaining, it seems certain that Burnley will be playing European football next season.
Burnley’s success has been built on astute tactics implemented by Dyche which have turned the club into one which first and foremost are extremely difficult to beat. Clearly, Burnley’s success has not arrived without incisive attacking football, but the foundations for their progress have been built on a solid defensive unit.
And according to recent reports from The Daily Mirror, Dyche is refusing to get complacent and is eager to add further talent to his defensive ranks this summer by signing Joe Bryan (valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt) from Bristol City. The Clarets have decent options at left-back with Stephen Ward and Charlie Taylor both residing within the squad, but with Ward set to turn 33 in August, the summer represents the perfect time to replace the Ireland international.
The 24-year-old full-back demonstrated plenty of promise throughout Bristol City’s League Cup run earlier in the season which saw them reach the semi-final where they were unfortunate to crash out against Manchester City. The standard of performance he displayed against both of the Manchester giants in the competition suggests he is more than ready for the step up to the Premier League next season, and if Burnley can prise him away from Ashton Gate their defence will be near-perfect.
Burnley’s goalkeeper Nick Pope has been consistently solid throughout the season so far whilst Matt Lowton, James Tarkwoski and Ben Mee have been equally as impressive. Ward has also been a credit to the club, but in the interests of Burnley’s future ambitions, Dyche should replace him with Bryan this summer in order to add further quality to his defensive unit.
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