Strike duo will keep improving, says Burnley boss
SEAN Dyche believes in Danny Ings and Sam Vokes Burnley have got the ingredients to the perfect strike partnership – and the Clarets boss is confident it can only get better.
The pair have been largely responsible for Burnley sitting second in the Championship ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Charlton Athletic, and progressing to the Capital One Cup fourth round, thanks to scoring 13 of Burnley’s 21 goals in both competitions so far.
Ings’ nine goals have been split between league and cup, while Vokes’ four have contributed to 12 of the Clarets’ 17-point haul.
And Dyche credits the former Bournemouth forwards with bringing out the best in each other.
“I think it’s early days yet because usually you judge it over a longer period, but the immediate signs are very good,” said the Burnley boss.
“Sometimes it’s not rocket science – big one, small one, sharp one, more physical one – so I don’t think we’re trying to break ground necessarily, but it’s down to the individual performers and how they link.
“Some of the link-up play between them has been terrific at times.
“Vokesy with his good hold-up play, he’s maturing as a player, he’s understanding the mental and physical link with his performances.
“Ingsy is becoming what I always thought he was going to become.
“He’s a very good player. Those two are showing great signs but they’re supported by a good group at the minute who are going really hard for each other.
“The most pleasing thing is the way they’re working off and with each other.
“That’s what we look for as managers and coaches and fans.
“There’s a good link, good information, awareness of each other’s position. Long may it continue obviously, and we’re looking to build on that.”
And it’s through the backing of their team-mates that Dyche expects to see even more from the duo as the season goes on.
“You’d like to think so, “ added the Clarets chief. “There are no guarantees with anything in football but I think it’s fair to say there’s a nice feel to them in particular, as well as the group.
“There’s a nice link with what’s behind them as a team and I think they’re respectful of that.
“They’re enjoying their own performances but they’re certainly enjoying the team performances.”
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