Sean Dyche’s Burnley has now managed to stay in the premier league for 5 consecutive seasons despite always being the favorites to go down. The clarets will feel like they can steer clear of the relegation competition this time around as well along with causing a few upsets during the season. The Clarets play a very unconvincing and gritty style of football the try to frustrate their opponents with their rather defensive approach during the games. Most recently they became the first side to win at Anfield after a thousand days, one of the biggest upsets in the premier league last season.
SYSTEM OF PLAY
Sean Dyche likes his men to line up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, a system many managers think of as outdated. However, Burnley is one of the very few teams who are loyal to their style of play and system. They have consistently lined up in the 4-4-2 formation, enabling them to have a low block against teams like Manchester city who like to control possession during the game. The 4-4-2 formation soon changes into a 4-4-1-1 during the game as Ashley Barnes drops deeper to help out during the transitions and Chris wood stays upfront as a lone striker for the clarets.
Burnley has Nick Pope as their star man, the goalkeeper has been exceptional during the past few seasons, aided by his impressive backline, nick pope became one of the first names on the team sheet for Sean Dyche and Burnley.
One of the other names to look out for is Dwight McNeil, someone who plays in midfield for the clarets and is by far one of the more creative players in the team, however, due to the rigid way of playing and lack of link-up play, Mcneil has been unable to show his creative prowess last season.
It is no doubt that Burnley struggled to create chances last season, their long-ball approach no longer seemed to be effective, which meant that the likes of Chris Wood suffered due to the lack of chances despite being a good finisher in front of goal. It will be highly important for Sean Dyche to figure out a way to make the most out of the likes of wood, who can guarantee goals if he is given the right chances throughout the season.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH?
One thing which remains to be seen as we head into the new season is whether or not Sean Dyche will make changes to his style of play to survive in the premier league, many experts have pointed out that he would like to play a brand of football rather similar to David Moyes at West Ham, who enjoyed a remarkable campaign last season. The upcoming season will certainly be one to keep an eye on for Burnley fans, for all we know the tide could turn either way.