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Burnley Football Club deserve huge credit for the work they are doing right now

Wednesday 18th January 2017
The Clarets once again earned promotion back to the Premier League last year, and many expected them to continue as a ‘yo-yo club' but this season things seem different. Sean Dyche's side is sitting comfortably in the middle of the table, and they deserve huge praise for that.
First of all, I just want to say a massive well done to the board members over at Turf Moor. It would've been oh so easy for them to fire Dyche when the Lancashire side got relegated in drab style a couple of seasons ago. However, they kept the faith with and now they are reaping the rewards.

As we all know, they are a side draped in rich history being one of the founding clubs of the Football League, but they don't have a huge fan base that can they earn big money from, and they don't have cash-rich owners who can pump money into the squad at any given opportunity. Instead, they've done it all with hard work, grit and determination – and I applaud everyone involved with the club.

The man right at the heart of it all is the aforementioned boss Sean Dyche. He's a coach who can adapt his tactics from game-to-game, and alright, he may get it wrong sometimes – but more often than not he sets his side up in the correct manner and the results are largely positive.

Let's take a look at the playing squad, and in all honesty, it's probably the weakest in the Premier League on paper. Thankfully for them, it's not just about having big names in a league such as ours. Often, all the matches are supremely tight, and it comes down to hard work, good coaching and intelligence; that's where Burnley shine.

Every team bidding for Premier League survival has to have that star striker who can find the back of the net in those tight games. Dyche has turned to Andre Gray to be that man recently, and the English forward is putting that slow start to the season behind him and we're now seeing just how capable of a player he is.

On top of being a real goal threat, their defence is highly underrated. Former Manchester United man Michael Keane is at the heart of it, and quite frankly, I'm unsure as to how he hasn't featured for his country as of right now.

They also have an excellent midfielder who can compete with the very best of them out there, that man is Belgian Steven Defour. The former Porto man has quarterbacked their midfield brilliantly since his arrival, and at times earlier on in the campaign he dragged his teammates through matches and almost single-handedly won them points.

A final piece of the puzzle comes in between the sticks. We've all seen just how much a goalkeeper can negatively affect a side. Yes, I'm looking at you Claudio Bravo. Burnley have found a Mr. Reliable in the form of Tom Heaton though (who, like Keane also came from Old Trafford), and the 30-year-old is their captain. Some of the shots he saves are truly world class, and the game that comes to mind is the absolute blinder he had at Old Trafford a few months ago; when the Red Devils were held to a 0-0 draw.

Massive praise has to go to this football club. They're a traditional side with a supremely loyal fan base, and I've no doubts the supporters are loving life right now. Who knows, this could just be the start for The Clarets and Sean Dyche because the sky is the limit if they keep working hard.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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