BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche believes that star striker Andre Gray can only get better!
The Clarets record signing leads the attack at Nottingham Forest tonight, looking to build on Saturday’s brace against Bolton, which took his tally to four goals in his last five games.
But Dyche feels the club is only scratching the surface of Gray’s goalscoring talent as he settles quickly into life at Turf Moor.
He said: “A lot was made of Andre moving here, with a lot of misquoted price tags, just to add to the story.
“He has shown good clarity to look through that and just get on with his football.
“We know that the market is inflated and often nonsensical. Fees are just a business tag and nothing to do with the player as a person.
“We work with the person and with their performances and Andre is showing good signs of what he can do and will do in the future.
“There’s still more to come though and we are still working with in on all aspects of his game in order to continue his improvement.
“I think he is enjoying life on and off the pitch. He is getting used to his team mates and he’s playing with a real freedom.
“Strikers often get the accolades for obvious reasons, but I’m happy with the way the team is playing at the moment and his job, along with the other strikers, is to put the goals in!”
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The significant outlay for Gray, smashing the club’s previous transfer record, raised eyebrows in some quarters, as Burnley look for an immediate push back to the Premier League.
But Dyche insisted the Clarets were still in good shape to mount a serious challenge without the financial concerns of many Championship rivals.
He added: “People forget that we have spent circa £10m this summer and will probably, depending on the Danny Ings money, bring in a lot more than that.
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“So our house is in order, that’s for sure, both on and off the pitch and we are still being productive and with the will and demand to be productive.
“It is fair to say if we hadn’t made it to the Premier League the challenge would have been different and we would still be probably looking to trim the wage bill down further than when I got here.
“Other clubs have that challenge now for different reasons.”
The in-form Clarets currently sit joint second in the table following a run of six wins and a draw in their last eight league games.
But Dyche accepts his side will be in for a tough game at the City Ground against opponents who have not won in their last four.
He said: “They have had a few injury problems, but they certainly a good side and a strong one with some real talent there.
“I looked at the squad that played against Bristol City last Friday and there were players who have moved in their careers, not only to Nottingham Forest, for millions of pounds.
“So they are certainly a team with recognised players and it’s a very big club.
“It’s always a good occasion going there, and we have to be ready for them, but as I always say the focus is on us so we look to continue that and build on Saturday.”
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