Burnley manager Sean Dyche has praised the attitude of record-signing Andre Gray following his move from Brentford, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
The fee involved in Gray’s move to Turf Moor has been disputed since the news first broke that the striker had completed a deal worth £9 million, with the figure allegedly closer to the £6 million mark, but Dyche has said that the uncertainty has helped the striker settle.
Dyche said: “It’s been easy really. He’s confused whether he moved for £4 million, £6 million, £9 million, £12 million, £15 million or £17 million. He doesn’t actually know so he just gets on with it.”
“He probably think he’s moved for £750,000. That’s an easy one for us to keep his mind on the job.”
Not knowing the figure involved appears to have eased the pressure on Gray, who has made an excellent start to life at Burnley, scoring one goal and assisting two more in his first three appearances for the Championship side.
The 24-year-old also appears to be buying into the philosophy at Turf Moor by demonstrating a strong work ethic.
“He’s in a place here where there’s an earthiness and a humility about how we work and a groundedness,” said Dyche. “I think he’s bought into the culture, the environment and the people who work here.
“It’s not like he’s bowling into a grandiose situation with everyone carrying on all the time. It’s not like that. There’s a high quality common sense approach to what we do here and how people operate.”
“They do their jobs well and work very hard and enjoy it, no-one worries about the things that can get in the way – big moves and all that sort of stuff.”
Burnley doubled their previous transfer fee record in order to land Gray ahead of a number of interested sides, but Dyche still believes the striker represents value for money.
“There’s been a shift over the last 18 month which has been incredible,” said the Burnley boss. “I still go back to the Ross McCormack deal at Fulham and the (£11m) fee they paid. I thought that opened the gateway for people to go ‘hang on a minute’. He’s a very good player and they’re a very good club but the fact someone paid that amount of money at that level pushed everything forward and the influx of foreign money has affected it massively too.”
“A lot of money from aboard has come in and has been spent heavily on players as they could afford to, then others have done it.
“It’s like selling your house. If yours is on the market for £100,000 and next door is up for £130,000, you’ll go back to the estate agent and it will be upped to £127,950.
“There are things where you go ‘that’s a marker’ and then it comes down to supply and demand, who’s got what and who’s paid what for it.”
Burnley travel to Derby tonight looking to build upon a strong start to the season that sees them sitting in fourth place in the Championship.
Meanwhile, the Rams currently sit in 12th place in the Sky Bet Championship, and go into the match against Burnley on the back of two consecutive league wins.
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