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Burnley enjoying a fantastic start to new Premier League season

Monday 18th September 2017
Five games into the new Premier League campaign, Burnley find themselves above the likes of Liverpool, Southampton, Arsenal and Everton. How have they achieved their positive results?
The Clarets have picked up five points against defending champions Chelsea, runners-up Tottenham Hotspur and fourth-placed finishers Liverpool, a statistic made more impressive given all three games were away from home.

Burnley are currently seventh in the table with eight points from five games. They look an accomplished Premier League side, despite many having pessimistic predictions about their chances this season:

Clarets were tipped to go down:
That was the feeling for many going into the new season and even after their opening game. But opinion on the Clarets has softened considerably as they've maintained their unbeaten away record, while also picking up positive results against the Premier League's elite clubs.

Summer transfer business has been fantastic

Burnley made a lot of smart moves in the summer transfer market, despite selling some key players. The Clarets lost their best defender in Michael Keane, midfielder in Joey Barton and striker in Andre Gray. Losing the spine of the side could have been debilitating ahead of the 2017/18 season, but Sean Dyche spent incredibly wisely on replacements, making £15m profit too.
James Tarkowski, who made just four Premier League starts last season, has successfully deputised for Keane and made five starts already this campaign for Burnley. As an existing player prior to Keane's sale, the club didn't spend a penny to replace him, and he's not the only example of good business.

Jack Cork was signed from Swansea City to replace Joey Barton and provide competition to Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Westwood. He's played in every minute of every league game for Burnley so far. Cork has also provided the joint-most assists this season for Burnley.
Andre Gray was sold to Watford for £18.4m in summer and his fee went towards signing Chris Wood from Leeds United (£14.8m) and Nahki Wells from Huddersfield (£4.9m). Wood has already scored twice in just two league starts.

Many had praised the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United for pulling off great business this summer, but Burnley certainly deserve credit. To make £15m profit while having replaced key players from the side is one thing - to have started the season so strongly is another.

Burnley should improve on last season's performance

Burnley finished 16th in the Premier League last season with 40 points from their 38 games. The Clarets have never started a top-flight campaign so strongly after five games and with 33 games remaining, they should have no trouble amassing 32 more points (to reach the magic 40-point mark) before the season comes to a close.
Burnley's task of survival is far from complete, but they've given themselves a great chance to stay out of the bottom three, having spent considerably less than the sides around them. Only Stoke City spent less money than Burnley in the Premier League this summer, while only four other sides in the division made a profit in the market.

For the Clarets to have kept the club in such great financial health while starting the season so strongly is impressive - it should be admired and emulated by more Premier League clubs.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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