Dyche upbeat on Burnley hopes
Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he has seen enough over the international break to suggest his side are ready to recover.
The Clarets finished seventh last season but have struggled to make a similar impact this time around, with their early season European commitments preventing them from building any real momentum.
On Monday, Dyche’s side welcome Newcastle to Turf Moor, the start of a run of three home outings in their next four fixtures.
A victory would be the result of a couple of big weeks on the training ground, while the boss and his analytical staff have also spent the international break poring over the team’s data.
The 47-year-old believes the signs are good for his side and is confident they are heading in the right direction going into Monday’s visit of the Magpies.
‘We haven’t hit the markers of last season and they have been addressed, individually and as a team, and now we have to get back to that start point and push on,’ Dyche told the club’s website.
‘We are still in front of the curve. I know the facts and figures of our side from my six years here.
‘We know the breakdown, whether its physical, tactical, technical, individual or team. But we’re not just accepting of what we had five or six years ago; we are pushing them because the game is moving forwards every year.
‘There’s still more to come, but the structural side and physical side are returning, so we are getting back to what we can be.’
Burnley sit 16th in the Premier League table at the time of writing but taking into account their manager’s optimism, punters may look to use their free bet to back the Clarets to produce a repeat top 10 finish.