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Defour Backs Clarets' Quality

21 November 2016

Steven Defour believes Burnley have what it takes to compete in the Premier League after being impressed with the squad he has joined at Turf Moor.

Defour brought an added touch of international class to the Clarets when he signed from Anderlecht in the summer.

The midfielder helped Sean Dyche’s side collect four home wins and an impressive tally of 14 points from 11 games ahead of the international break.

And having taken his tally of Belgium caps to 51 since Burnley’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace just over a fortnight ago, Defour is now looking for the Clarets to further prove themselves by following up their impressive goalless draw at Manchester United last time on the road with an opening away win of the season at West Bromwich Albion tonight.

“We are playing well. We have had some good results, but it’s just a start. We have to perform every week,” he said.

“Before, everyone was talking that Burnley would have a difficult year to stay up but what I am seeing and experiencing is that we have a team which has enough quality to stay up.

Steven Defour made his Burnley debut in a 2-0 win over Liverpool

“There’s a lot of quality and I think they have gained a lot of experience from their performances two years go.

“The away game against United gave us a lot of confidence and I hope we can perform the same way and get something at West Brom.

“It will be tough game because they are a direct opponent. I hope we can get a good result there, although it won’t be easy.”

West Brom have won only once at home this season but will kick-off tonight (8pm) only a point and a place behind the 11th-placed Clarets after winning at champions Leicester City in their final game before the international break.

The Baggies are expected to have striker Salomon Rondon available following a hamstring injury but Saido Berahino is not under consideration as he undergoes a personal fitness programme.

Defour's first Burnley goal came against Hull City

And summer signing Nacer Chadli is a doubt after under-going minor knee surgery, which could deny the former Tottenham winger a meeting with Belgium team-mate Defour.

The pair are among more than a dozen members of the current Belgium squad playing in the Premier League.

Defour joined that number when he signed for the Clarets for a then record fee and already a crowd favourite at Turf Moor, the 28-year-old is enjoying his relationship with the Burnley supporters.

He added: “The fans are amazing. They are giving us a lot of confidence. It shows also in the results that they are giving us a push in the back.

“I love their support. It has given me the confidence to take some risks on the pitch and I hope I can continue like this.”

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