Burnley boss Dyche urges Barnes to put pressure on strikers

Burnley boss Dyche urges Barnes to put pressure on strikers

Burnley boss Dyche urges Barnes to put pressure on strikers

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SEAN Dyche insists flexibility was not a motivating factor in his decision to swoop for Ashley Barnes.

The striker has been used up top, off the front and out wide by old club Brighton, where he spent the last three-and-a-half seasons – helping them to clinch promotion to the Championship in 2011.

“I think that’s more a case of how they've been playing at Brighton with a 4-3-3,” said Dyche.

“I certainly view him as a centre forward primarily. “He will not only support but challenge the group.”

In operating with small squad numbers managers find it useful to have players who are capable of playing in more than one position and Dyche is no exception. But he sees Barnes’ versatility as a bonus rather than a necessity.

Dyche added: “It helps that we have that flexibility because we’re carrying about 18 players so of course that flexible nature of a player, who can play in other positions, is always helpful.

“But we’ve brought him in mainly to be a centre forward,” said the Burnley boss, who has backed Barnes to enhance his team.

“He’s only 24 but I’d like to think he brings a bit of experience.

“He’s someone who wants to improve and develop. He’s certainly not shy on work ethic.

“We’re hoping he enjoys his time at Burnley and progresses. We believe in developing players and we believe in his development now he’s with us.

“And he will not only support but challenge the group.

“It’s not just about supporting the front two, it’s a challenge to make sure they know he’s someone who’s desperate to get on the football pitch.”

And although leading strikers Sam Vokes and 21-goal top scorer Danny Ings have 33 goals between them in all competitions for Burnley this season, with Barnes on board Dyche says their places are not guaranteed, and that the signing was not a safety net in the event of either forward suffering an enforced absence.

“I don’t bring any player to a football club who I don’t think can challenge the team,” added Dyche.

“He’s someone we wanted and someone we like. We think he fits not just the team but the model of the club – not just financially but his development and what he can add to the club.

“There are many boxes that he ticked for our football club at this time.”

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12:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ChickinLickin says...

Very excited about Ashley Barnes. Looks a good footballer.
Very excited about Ashley Barnes. Looks a good footballer. ChickinLickin
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

fermenter says...

A good signing and knows where the goal is plus a good work rate. I am sure BHA fans were sorry to see him leave, which would be a good indicator of his potential with us. Sean Dyche is no mug and I am certain we have a gem.
A good signing and knows where the goal is plus a good work rate. I am sure BHA fans were sorry to see him leave, which would be a good indicator of his potential with us. Sean Dyche is no mug and I am certain we have a gem. fermenter
  • Score: 9

12:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!!
Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!! TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -8

1:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!!
Well there is no chance any Blackburn player will be anywhere near a Premier League ground after tonight's mauling.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!![/p][/quote]Well there is no chance any Blackburn player will be anywhere near a Premier League ground after tonight's mauling. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 8

5:39pm Wed 15 Jan 14

tall in the saddle says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!!
Well there is no chance any Blackburn player will be anywhere near a Premier League ground after tonight's mauling.
I’m not so sure. I think Scott Dann may be off to Palace. I think Venky’s will force that through.
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!![/p][/quote]Well there is no chance any Blackburn player will be anywhere near a Premier League ground after tonight's mauling.[/p][/quote]I’m not so sure. I think Scott Dann may be off to Palace. I think Venky’s will force that through. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

u owe u owe says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!!
Need your ears cleaning out, they said Arfield oh desperate one.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!![/p][/quote]Need your ears cleaning out, they said Arfield oh desperate one. u owe u owe
  • Score: 0

6:55pm Wed 15 Jan 14

eddyo says...

u owe u owe wrote:
TurfMoorTom wrote:
Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!!
Need your ears cleaning out, they said Arfield oh desperate one.
That used to be illegal - even for you inbreeds
[quote][p][bold]u owe u owe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!![/p][/quote]Need your ears cleaning out, they said Arfield oh desperate one.[/p][/quote]That used to be illegal - even for you inbreeds eddyo
  • Score: -2

7:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Chris P Bacon says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!!
Ah, the 'someone' the worst liars like to hide behind as a way to deflect their inadequacies. Another failure there, fifth columnist-wannabe.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Someone said Ings was spotted near Anfield so that's pressure for you!![/p][/quote]Ah, the 'someone' the worst liars like to hide behind as a way to deflect their inadequacies. Another failure there, fifth columnist-wannabe. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 4

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