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Dyche's Deadline Day Delight

2 September 2014

Clarets boss happy at his transfer window work.

Sean Dyche declared himself happy with his transfer window work after adding three new faces to the squad on deadline day.

The Clarets boss made it a hat-trick of deals by completing the 11th hour signing of Manchester United and England U21 international Michael Keane, with just minutes to spare ahead of the extended 1am deadline.

And Dyche, who will submit his 25-man squad to the Premier League tomorrow - which excludes players under the age of 21 - says he is pleased to have an exciting young talent who will complement his group.

He insisted: “Michael is a young up-and-coming player who he is a good addition to our squad.

“He has enjoyed good development through various loan spells over the past year or so and we felt that he could enhance the group.

“It was a late one because there were a few twists and turns to the situation and it took a bit of work but sometimes with the ins and outs, especially the ins at Manchester United, meant they had a lot of work to do.”

Keane’s addition was backed up by his England U21 teammate Nathaniel Chalobah, on a similar four-month loan from Chelsea and the three-year deal for Scotland international George Boyd, who joined from Hull City.

Dyche, whose aim was to strike a balance in the squad between youth and experience, added: “It’s important to have competition.

“What people must understand is that it’s a tougher situation when you are small fish in a pond among plenty of bigger ones. It’s much tougher having the transfer window here than in the Championship because once it shuts there are no more loans.

“That’s why you need a deeper squad. It’s not necessarily because you want one because we did well with the numbers last season, but now the window is closed, that’s it done.

“One of the things we wanted at the beginning of pre-season was to build a balanced squad and have demand in all areas, and we have now.

“There is a nice balance between young players and fresh faces and the more experienced players.

“People like George fit into both categories as he is young enough to still be in his prime at 28, but experienced enough to know what all the variances of football require after playing all the way through the leagues.”

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