Burnley manager Sean Dyche has admitted that his attacking players are yet to find their goal-scoring rhythm, but is delighted that the Clarets continue to pick up points in the Championship.
The Clarets’ new acquisitions Chris Long and Rouwen Hennings, along with record signing Andre Gray, are still settling in at the club.
The 44-year-old Burnley manager recognises that he is going to have to be patient with his new-look squad and misfiring forward line, saying to the Burnley Express: ” The good thing for us is it’s the early part of the season, we’re re-morphing the team into something different. We’ve got new players, and the strikers haven’t took fire yet. It’s fair to say over a season they will, at some point, not necessarily fire as in millions of goals but they’re going to score. It’s great that they haven’t and we’ve still got good points on the board”
Despite their goal-scoring woes, Burnley went into the international break in ninth place, following two narrow victories over Bristol City and Brentford, having lost just once in five Championship matches.
This feat is all the more impressive considering the only forward player to find the net thus far this season is Welsh striker Sam Vokes, on the opening day of the season in the 1-1 draw against Leeds.
Burnley have three of the next four games at Turf Moor, with Dyche pleased with the opportunity the international break has given him to get his new forward players up to speed, as he looks to spearhead another promotion campaign
“Rouwen Hennings will get up to speed very quickly, and Andre. He’s generally in good shape but you know how fit our lads are and we want them at that level, so there’s still some work to be done. I wanted to get him out there at Bristol, but he’ll get sharper and fitter.”
Dyche also admits that bedding his new-look squad together is going to take time, following the loss of key players such as Kieran Trippier, Danny Ings and Jason Shackell after relegation from the Premier League, saying: ” “You can’t be too greedy in this business, it takes time for a team to develop and we are. It’s the third time I’ve had to change a group since I’ve been here.
“The first season was after six or seven months, we got promoted that season and I had to try to do it last season to try to do something in the Premier League. Now we’ve lost players I’ve got to change it again now”
Burnley currently sit in ninth place in the Sky Bet Championship, and Dyche will no doubt be hoping that record signing Andre Gray can find his clinical touch, and start scoring more to help propel the Clarets up the division.
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