Sean Dyche has hinted that he will not throw his two young Lions into the heat of Premier League battle at Crystal Palace this weekend.
England U21 internationals Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane both trained with the Clarets for the first time on Thursday after linking up with their new team mates on return from action with their country.
But Clarets boss Dyche insists he will ease the duo in, while admitting fellow new arrival George Boyd could come into his thoughts for a start at Selhurst Park.
He said: “The two young lads have literally just come into the building, so we will maybe give them a little time and the weekend might be too early for them.
“I want them to get a feel for what we are about and how we operate. It’s hard to do that when they just walk through the door.
“We diluted their training because of their involvement with the U21s and the fact Michael played the other night.
“George is a step in front of that. Obviously he has been here for virtually two weeks now and knows a lot more about us and how we operate.
“He’s also a bit more mature as a player, so he has a better chance, but we’ll see what the next 48 hours bring.”
Chelsea midfielder Chalobah and Manchester United defender Keane arrive at Turf Moor after stepping up to Premier League loans following similar spells in the Championship.
And Dyche believes they will provide stern competition as he looks to maintain the Clarets’ competitive edge in the coming months.
He said: “Michael and Nathaniel are two young men looking to make their mark. They haven’t made it necessarily at their own clubs, but have been on loan at a couple of clubs, made a mark elsewhere and done
“We feel they have got more development in them and we are a good environment for that. But also, they have been brought here to push our group and see if they can get in amongst it, so it’s a win-win.
“It’s been an interesting international break, but we are what we are now.
“There is no window for loans or adding players until Christmas. We’ve got the group now and we are ready now to take things forward, starting this weekend.”