Sean Dyche believes the Clarets are still moving forward as they prepare for their Turf Moor return.
Dyche’s side produced a remarkable return of 10 home wins last season to secure a 16th-place finish in the Premier League.
That will be a tough act to follow as the Clarets start their home schedule against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
But the manager is confident he has seen further progress in the squad he is moulding for the 2017/18 campaign.
“We’re trying to move it forward year on year and I’ve made it clear that that is part of the club,” said Dyche.
“Not losing sight of what we are, not losing sight of the strength of the team, but by adding to that and all the layers we can, I think we have moved it forward again.
“Unfortunately, we’ve lost some important players of course, but that’s happened before.
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“But I think we’ve also brought in some important players and I hope the players that are going to mature into the club have become even more important than they think they are now, along with the development of the people that are in the group as well.
“We are always looking to find that healthy group of players who are stimulated to go and keep taking on the challenge, and that’s been a real good thing over the years I have been here.”
Dyche has so far added five new summer signings with work going on behind the scenes to strengthen further.
However, he knows the real measure of his team will be what they produce on the pitch as the Clarets look to build on the winning start at Chelsea which earned Dyche the League Managers' Association Performance of the Week award (pictured above).
He added: “I think on paper the group’s got stronger and hopefully over the next 10 or so days it will get stronger again.
“But the performance is the real key. You know the game’s never played out on a piece of paper.
“Squads can look strong and teams can look strong and then you see the game and think ‘oh, not as strong as we thought’, and vice versa.
“So, we want to make sure that the connection is there – not only looking stronger but actually deliver stronger as we get onto performances.”