Sean Dyche admitted he contemplated leaving top scorer Danny Ings out of his side for the 2-0 defeat at Sunderland following transfer speculation this week.
Ings was widely linked with an unrealistic move to Liverpool just 24 hours before the trip to the Stadium of Light.
And the Clarets boss, who substituted Ings midway through the second half, felt the farcical events leading up to the game had affected his young striker.
He said: “Danny is a young man, but he’s still a human being and he’s had a lot on his plate in the last 24 hours.
“Nothing to do with him, you understand. It’s completely out of his hands, but I was actually borderline whether to play him today.
“The truth is I thought his performance was a little bit off today because of that. He has been terrific, but I thought it affected him and I thought I’d get him off and give him a break.
“But Danny Ings will be a Burnley player next week and I’m fed up saying it. He will enjoy his training next week and be full of beans again.
“In another couple of days all that nonsense shuts off, so then I think the freedom will come back.
“I just thought today it took its toll a little bit.”
Dyche’s side fell to the Black Cats after conceding two goals in the first half, to Connor Wickham and Jermain Defoe; the latter on the scoresheet for the first time since returning to the UK from the MLS.
Dyche added: “Within the game we conceded two really poor goals and you can’t do that. After that, I thought we gave a reasonable account of ourselves.
“But we play with an edge to our game and today that wasn’t quite there.
“We had two big chances early in both halves, but I won’t criticise striker for getting in the right places.
“We will just shake this one off and get ready for the next one.”
In the meantime, the clock is now ticking towards the closure of the January transfer window at 11pm on Monday.
And Dyche insisted he was still hopeful of adding to his squad in the coming days.
He said: “We are active and there’s a couple of things we are hopeful on. There’s one that is building at the moment, but there are no guarantees.
“I am a broken record with this sort of stuff, but we are in a certain market.
“We’ve got money I must add, and I’ll make that clear, but we haven’t got enormous amounts so we need to shop wisely.
“But we are active and we’ll see where that takes us.”