Dyche still plans to add to Burnley squad
BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche will spend today trying to add to his squad, but insists that any additions will be made to strengthen his options, not replace a winning line-up.
The Clarets extended an unbeaten run against Derby County to nine games with Saturday's 3-0 win at Pride Park, where Danny Ings and Sam Vokes scored in the first half and Jason Shackell grabbed his first of the season against his old club after Tom Heaton saved a penalty.
“We just want to support the group,” said Dyche of any possible additions to his squad.
“It’s not about necessarily replacing the group, it’s about supporting the group so we need players who we think can do that and add to the group and the capability of the group to improve performances which in turn improve results,” said Dyche, who was pleased with the contributions of a number of his players against Derby.
“Danny Ings scored a fanastic goal, Sam Vokes was in the right place at the right time and Jason Shackell came to his old stomping ground and delivered a very good performance.
“There were so many good performances. Scott Arfield I thought was tremendous. Our midfield men ran miles like they do, Ben Mee’s settled in again and Michael Duff has got his second game in a week.
“They are all the habits that we want out of individuals, glue them all together – good fitness levels, good energy, good belief and you’ve got a team to reckon with.
“They’re delivering performances in the right fashion which is right for me, right for themselves, right for the team and right for the club and the fans.
“We want to be at least a team that is competitive every time we walk onto the pitch.”
The result lifted Burnley to third in the Championship table, with 10 points from a possible 15 going into the two-week international break, after which play will resume with the East Lancashire derby at Turf Moor.
Dyche has been looking to boost his attacking options ever since Charlie Austin was sold on the eve of the season, and hopes to have been able to make signings before the showdown with Blackburn Rovers, with the emphasis on today’s transfer deadline.
He has until 11pm tonight to secure permanent additions before the window re-opens in January, while the option to make loan signings will be available again in a week’s time.
It is undersood the possibility of incomings today is rated ‘50/50’ with the Clarets having missed out on at least four targets so far.
But whatever the outcome of this transfer deadline day – Dyche’s second since taking charge last October – the Burnley boss insists he has faith in his current crop.
Of Saturday’s performance, he added: “There were good signs of that right mixture that you need to win a football match, never more so than when you’re at a big club against a good side and a good manager like Nigel (Clough) and his team.”
However, Dyche would prefer to be able to boost squad numbers today.
“We build with the team, I think we’ve got some really good players here but we’re going to need support at some point,” he said.
“I believe in the group but we want to support the group.
“We’ve had four or five where we thought they were on the cusp and for whatever reason – there are many different reasons but finance is the usual one – they’ve just gone away from us and that’s the reality of how the club is at the moment.
“The good thing is I think we’re building something here, I think people know how me and the staff have worked at our previous club and here and we have attracted some good players over that time so we're hoping to do that again.”
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