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Dyche: Hull Preview

9 September 2016

Sean Dyche insists there is no extra onus on his summer signings, after smashed the club’s transfer record twice.

Record capture Jeff Hendrick is available for selection for the first time against Hull City this weekend, after the midfielder secured his protracted move to Turf Moor during the international break.

Likewise, Chelsea loan striker Patrick Bamford, who joined Hendrick in the past fortnight.

And with previous record signing Steven Defour back from duty with Belgium to continue his bonding with his new team mates, Dyche insists all three can have an impact on the Clarets’ fortunes this season.

“We don’t put any onus on the players, other than to play well. That’s certainly nothing to do with the fees we’ve paid,” said the gaffer.

“Our spending is not a statement of intent either; it’s just a reality of the market.

“The numbers are not relevant any more. They should be, but the market has no rules anymore.

“True value and worthy are out of the window now. It’s just that you pay the price, or you don’t and that has made it considerably more difficult.

“It’s not just me saying it either; some of the superpower clubs are saying it and they have multi-millions to throw around.

“But the lads who have come in will enhance the group and they are different types of players.

Jeff Hendrick celebrates his first Ireland goal last week

“With regards to the two new lads, we feel that Patrick is a different type of centre forward than we have already in the building – and that applies to Jeff too.

“It’s always the prime objective to enhance the group and take it forwards and we feel those players can.”

The Clarets’ stock has arguably never been higher, with seven first teamers away on international duty in the past fortnight.

That, in turn has meant reduced numbers for Dyche to contend with on the training ground.

But all players returned fit and well from their travels as the Clarets now look to follow up their scalp of Liverpool with another important top flight victory.

Dyche added: “There were seven (players) away this time, which is fantastic.

“It’s great that a club like ours has seven recognised international players, but the balance is we lose them for 10 days, so we can’t do tactical work with the team.

“Nonetheless it’s good for them to be playing international football and we’ve had a good mixture of rest and recuperation for the rest.”

City’s visit signals a welcome return to Turf Moor for caretaker manager Mike Phelan, who made 214 appearances for the Clarets between 1980-85.

And after the visitors’ start to the season - despite the departure of Steve Bruce to open the door to a permanent role for Phelan - the Clarets boss knows his side face another tough test.

Dyche added: “A lot was made of the injuries they had at the start of the season, but if you look through they still have a strong squad.

“A lot of very experienced players are still there from the last time in the Premier League, so we certainly think they are a good side.

“Although they have had their well-documented ups and downs off the pitch recently, Mike has done well to stay out of that and in my experienced of knowing him a little, I think he won’t be over-thinking all that has gone on there.

“He’s been around football long enough to know there are indifferent times at clubs and he has just got on with the job of working with the players, rather than reading too much into things.

"Fair play to him for that, of course – and his players, because they have gone well so far, so it’s another challenge for us to be sure.”

If you can’t make it to Turf Moor tomorrow, there is live commentary on Clarets Player HD, with Phil Bird joined by Andy Farrell. CLICK HERE for more details.

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