They’re back! Burnley have returned to the Premier League once again to confirm their status as one of the yo-yo clubs of the 21st century.
Sean Dyche’s tag as the ‘Ginger Mourinho’ has faded in the same way the real Jose Mourinho has done, but his ambition as Burnley manager cannot be suppressed. The Lancashire side will face a challenge to even hold their own in the Premier League next season, mind.
Other clubs will have more money to spend, better squads and far greater experience of how to over come the big bullies of the Premier League. Burnley may well prove everyone wrong and stride into the European places with the ease of Lionel Messi’s finishing, but the expectations are low once again.
Money simply must be spent this summer. Dyche’s side needs to have something added to it. They will need more depth, quality and experience if they are to make a decent fist of Premier League survival.
On that note, here are FIVE potential signings for the modern yo-yo club…
Another impressive season with Huddersfield saw Nahki Wells net 17 Championship goals.
That’s two more than Sam Vokes, and made him one of the most prolific strikers in the league. Even though Dyche will have endless faith in Andre Gray, there is a definite need for extra striking depth. Goals can keep a team in the Premier League, just look at Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo… or Jermain Defoe.
Largely an outcast on Villa’s sinking ship, Gil’s exceptional talent has been overlooked by both Remi Garde and Tim Sherwood.
The gifted attacking midfielder would add some creativity to Burnley’s midfield to match the industry of Barton and Jones. Burnley’s side can look one dimensional at times and, although Gil doesn’t fit perfectly into Dyche’s 4-4-2, he would be a marked upgrade on either Boyd or Arfield.
The much-maligned Manchester United flop has managed to carve out a decent career for himself around Europe.
Unlikely to be a first choice for many managers this season, Bebe’s powerful running and rocket-shot might just give Burnley the sort of spark from wide areas that could transform their approach in the final third. Rayo Vallecano cannot afford to compete with the financial clout of the Premier League and Bebe, along with Lass, might be targeted by Premier League clubs.
Its unlikely Carrick would want to take the step into a relegation battle at this late stage in his career, admittedly.
However, a move to Burnley would allow Carrick to keep his current home, keep his life as it is and see him play significantly more minutes. Experience is crucial in a relegation fight and Carrick’s quality would really make Burnley stand out from the crowd.
Bassong has equalled the European record for most relegations in a career with his move to Norwich, so he might not be considered an exactly great omen.
Despite this, Bassong’s quality as a centre-half has largely not been in question. Norwich fans may well struggle to forgive Bassong for a couple of big mistakes during the run in, mind. The defence is not considered an area of concern for Burnley, but the experience of Bassong would surely help.