Burnley are at risk of making the same mistakes as last time they were in the Premier League. Failure to splash the cash in the summer saw them compete with a thin squad and they eventually succumbed to relegation.
This time around there has been similarly minimal investment – although they have recently signed the experienced Steven Defour.
Despite their relegation when they were last a fleeting visitor to the top flight, Burnley managed to retain many of their better players. The loss of Danny Ings hurt, of course, but the successes of Andre Gray have meant that the departure of Ings was quickly forgotten by all at Turf Moor.
With only a couple of weeks left in the window, it’s time for some action. Fees will be bigger, yes, but there is no excuse any more. Transfers must be made if they are to remain in the top flight and here are THREE from fellow Premier League rivals who could yet fit the bill…
Nacho Monreal has made the left-back berth his own at the Emirates and Kieran Gibbs has been forced to settle for cup appearances or last minute substitute cameos.
Although the 30-year-old Stephen Ward is a reliable enough defender, it is hard for a club of Burnley’s size to overlook a player like Gibbs. With international pedigree and Champions League experience, Gibbs would be a noticeable improvement to the Clarets defence.
A natural offensive influence down the left, the Arsenal full-back could become a real favourite at Turf Moor.
Lucas Leiva has seemingly been on the verge of leaving Liverpool for about three years now. However, the combative Brazilian has continued to feature under various different managers, but it seems like Jurgen Klopp may finally be the man to move him on.
The arrivals of Wijnaldum and Grujic have further congested the Liverpool midfield and Lucas will be wondering how he is going to get on the pitch.
Whether needed as a ball-winner or a box-to-box option, Lucas would be a great support for Dean Marney and David Jones. His game would be well suited to Burnley’s approach and his tenacious tackling could just fire up some shock performances from the team.
Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri endured a turbulent start to his Premier League career, having arrived last January, as his form experienced several peaks and troughs within a few months. His ability to create from wide areas, however, makes him the perfect addition to a Burnley side that will occasionally need to use a 4-5-1 variant, rather than 4-4-2.
George Boyd and Scott Arfield are both impressive at Championship level, but their respective games perhaps will not unlock Premier League defences with the same ease.
Khazri will provide you with some abysmal performances, unfortunately, but his underlying talent is enough to win matches.