Positives for Burnley despite being bottom
Burnley are bottom of the Premier League after three fixtures, but there’s still plenty for Clarets supporters to be positive about.
September 3rd, 2014
The start to the season was always going to be tough, and one point from the trio of matches is about as much as we could have hoped for. To keep a clean sheet against Manchester United’s glittering array of attacking talent was a huge plus and going into the international break with our first point will give the team a lot of confidence.
Transfer deadline day was also a successful one for Burnley, with three new arrivals at Turf Moor. George Boyd signed from Hull City for £3 million and he will add some much-needed guile and craft into the Burnley attack.
There were also two loans completed, with Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane arriving from Chelsea and Manchester United respectively. Both are current England under 21 internationals and 19-year-old Chalobah looks a particularly exciting addition. His pace and strength will be a real asset to the Burnley midfield and his goal threat is also going to be vital.
Scott Arfield has been the standout performer for Sean Dyche’s team so far and his story is an incredible one given he left Huddersfield Town on a free transfer last summer. Arfield’s energy and knack for coming up with key goals will be important and his continued omission from the Scotland national team squad remains baffling.
Burnley fans are also delighted with the way Michael Duff has confounded his critics to step up to the Premier League with ease. The 36-year-old was roundly written off before the season started, but the defender looks better than ever in his tenth year at Turf Moor. Having come up against strikers as good as Diego Costa, Wilfried Bony, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie and acquitted himself well, there are now few fears about Duff’s lack of pace being exploited.
The nerves that were on show in Burnley’s opening fixture against Chelsea are gone now, and the Clarets were the better team in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United. David Jones and Jason Shackell were particularly outstanding and if Burnley play like that against Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Brom in their September fixtures they will get plenty of points.
Other results also highlight the decent start Burnley have had despite their position at the bottom of the league. A 3-1 defeat to Chelsea looks respectable in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s team dismantling Everton 6-3 at the weekend, while a narrow 1-0 loss at Swansea is creditable given Garry Monk’s side have three wins from three, including a 3-0 home win against West Brom.
The international break gives Dyche and his players a chance to regroup, with September looking like a huge month for the Clarets. Four or five points would be an excellent haul as Burnley take on three teams that may be their relegation rivals come the end of the season.