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‘Sell first, then buy’: Sean Dyche regrets Burnley’s transfer market approach

‘Sell first, then buy … that’s the club’: Sean Dyche deplores Burnley’s financial constraints and describes their approach to the transfer market as ‘lastminute.com’

  • Sean Dyche says Burnley’s transfer philosophy is ‘sell first, then buy second’
  • Burnley’s only senior addition so far has been goalkeeper Will Norris of Wolves
  • Dyche admitted his team is ‘a few players short – maybe more’
  • He also spoke of interest in Burnley’s star defender James Tarkowski

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has often described the club’s approach to the transfer market as ‘lastminute.com’.

With their 2020-21 Premier League campaign starting in Leicester on Sunday, the Clarets’ only senior addition since the end of last season is Wolves goalkeeper Will Norris.

Dyche said at his press conference prior to the game: “Different clubs have different models. I have to accept that, I have done that during the eight years that I have been here.

Sean Dyche spoke about Burnley's transfer restrictions ahead of their match with Leicester

Sean Dyche spoke about Burnley’s transfer restrictions ahead of their match with Leicester

Ours has often been ‘lastminute.com’; sell first, then buy, that kind of thinking. That’s the way the club is.

‘If you know what to manage, it will work as well as possible. We work from scratch – at least we know that. ‘

Dyche saw a number of players leave the club earlier this summer with an end to their deals, while others are currently unavailable due to injury.

And he says he thinks Burnley is “a few players short, at least if not more.”

Asked how confident he was about bringing in a few players, he said, “We wait and hope.

‘You go and say’ this is what we need, can we do it? ‘and wait and see what the chairman and the board will do. It is often a difficult way to work, but in balance we have made it work.

Dyche has admitted that Burnley could do some signings before the transfer deadline

Dyche has admitted that Burnley could do some signings before the transfer deadline

Dyche has admitted that Burnley could do some signings before the transfer deadline

‘There is nothing imminent. There are clearly ideas and thoughts, but there is certainly nothing we can continue with at this point. ‘

He added, ‘We’ve often signed a fourth and fifth draft, if you like, on our lists.

The players who come in are often hungry players, who want to work and prove themselves worthy and capable of the Premier League.

‘I enjoyed that side, but it will be difficult. It’s a hard way of working, a very difficult, delicate way of working. We will have to wait.

‘The chairman and the board know very well what needs to be done, it is just whether they are going to find the means to do it. It’s up to them to really make those decisions. ‘

Dyche also spoke again of Burnley defender James Tarkowski – the subject of three failed bids from West Ham and also reportedly interest from Leicester – which is worth a ‘significant’ amount.

“He’s a player I absolutely want to be here and unless something happens that I have no financial control over, he will be here,” said Dyche.

James Tarkowski has received interest from Leicester City and West Ham so far this summer

James Tarkowski has received interest from Leicester City and West Ham so far this summer

James Tarkowski has received interest from Leicester City and West Ham so far this summer

‘It is absolutely no surprise to me that people are interested – that is what happens when you are a good footballer at a good club. I have nothing on my mind other than that he will be here.

He added, “I think it’s fair to say that if you try to use some markers in the market, it’s worth a significant amount.”

Tarkowski will be judged ahead of the weekend’s game after finishing Thursday’s Carabao Cup game against Sheffield United with a toe problem.

Dyche hopes his side can do that

Dyche hopes his side can do that

Dyche hopes his side can do that

Ashley Barnes (groin), Ben Mee (thigh) and Jack Cork (ankle) have been sidelined, along with Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who was taken away on a stretcher on Thursday after a challenge from Jack Robinson.

Dyche said Gudmundsson suffered medial ligament damage in his knee, but the injury is not as bad as it was previously feared.

‘There is no timetable yet, but hopefully it has to settle down sooner rather than later. I think he was lucky, ”Dyche said

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