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Underestimate Burnley at your peril

Tuesday 1st November 2016
Hands up if you thought Burnley were going to be the same as they were last time they were in the Premier League. If your hand isn't up I don't think you're being honest with yourself, but one thing is for certain Burnley so far have surprised many as they have had to readjust to life back in the Premier League.

If you were to look at their fixtures at the start of the season which read Manchester United, Arsenal,Liverpool, and Manchester United before Christmas, many wouldn't have blamed you for fearing the worst for The Clarets.

To the credit of Sean Dyche's men, they have surprised most with some impressive results. A win against Liverpool, an agonizing defeat to Arsenal and a battling draw against Man United, is just maybe a suggestion that this Burnley side should not be written off.

In their last season in the top flight, the Lancashire side on many occasions played, but failed to get the result that matched their performance.

On face value, Burnley looked set for the same kind of season, but with three wins, two draws and five defeats for former Watford manager Sean Dyche's Burnley, could have been worse.

We do need to consider they have played United, Arsenal and defending champions Leicester City in these 11 games, as well as Liverpool of course.

I want to argue the case that this Burnley side have learned from previous mistakes. The reason I say this is because of some of their signings they have made over the past season or so.

Whilst Burnley doesn't have the financial clout of the likes of your Liverpool's, the Manchester clubs or Chelsea, what they have done is being some players who now look like bargain buys.

Players such as former Manchester United defender Michael Keane, bizarrely sold by then Man United manager Louis Van Gaal, let's not forget to mention that another player who looks to be top class is former Brentford Andre Gray.

The former Luton player who cost The Clarets £9 million at the time forged a very impressive partnership with Sam Vokes which was arguably a key reason why Burnley got to the Premier League in the first place.

Pundits and any person who has a love of the game will tell you, one of the key ingredients for success in the Premier League is to have a goal scorer and have a good defence.

In Burnley's case, they arguably have both, they have in fact two good quality centre-forwards in Vokes and Gray, but they also have an emerging centre-back in Michael Keane who by the week is embarrassing former club United with impressive displays week in week out.

So promising have Keane's displays have been, it's been rumored that Chelsea are readying a bid for the former Red Devil. That's one of the biggest compliments that can be given to Michael Keane.

Of course, the season is early doors, but the early signs are promising. Any team needs quality all  round the pitch, but you no doubt need some luck too, against Man United they had that, was that a result a good omen for The Clarets in terms of them staying up? We shall see.
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.

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