LUKAS Jutkiewicz is fired up for the Premier League, says Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
The summer signing completed an impressive pre-season by scoring his sixth goal in as many friendlies as the Clarets rounded off with a 3-1 win over Verona at Turf Moor on Saturday.
And the 25-year-old has put himself in the frame for a starting place against Chelsea a week tonight, after taking on board the manager's methods to boost his ammunition.
“I’m really pleased for him,” said Dyche.
“We’ve done a bit of work with him, chatted to him about a few things that we think can aid his progress. I believe in obviously winning, but I believe in developing as well and we try to work with the players wisely, and he’s very open minded.
“I like players like that. He’s willing to listen and willing to put into action what we think is appropriate.”
Jutkiewicz’s goal against Verona, the second of Burnley’s three after trailing briefly after the break, was a well-placed header from Ben Mee’s cross.
“When he scored I pulled him over and had a word and said ‘We were just talking about that yesterday’ (Friday), where he’s moving, why he’s moving, the pace he’s moving at,” said Dyche.
“So I’ve been pleased and he’ll obviously be pleased.”
Dyche was also full of praise for last season’s top scorer Danny Ings, who twice came close to getting his first pre-season goal.
“I thought Ingsy was super sharp in the second half – electric in fact at times, so I was really pleased to see that,” said the Burnley boss.
“The keeper’s made two marvellous saves, but he looked ever so sharp in the second half.”
But the Burnley boss admitted he had not dropped any hints as to how he plans to line up against Chelsea in their Premier League opener.
“I think there are certain things that would present itself, but there are certain positions that I think could be anyone really.
“We want that of course.
“There were changes today again – it’s not necessarily the side (to start season), it was important we get minutes into people and we did that again.
“We’re pleased with that, and that the minor injuries we’ve had in pre-season have cleared up.”