Charlie Taylor loved his first taste of Turf Moor as a Burnley player and now can’t wait for the real thing to start.
Taylor made his first home appearance since joining the Clarets from Leeds United earlier this summer as he helped Sean Dyche’s men draw their pre-season friendly with Celta Vigo 2-2 on Tuesday night.
The defender completed 90 minutes – starting out in a central position before switching to his more familiar left-back role for the second half – and felt the benefits of coming up against a side that reached the semi-finals of last season’s Europa League.
Taylor told Clarets Player HD: “It was a good experience. It was a great game to play in. A tough one, but an enjoyable night and an enjoyable first time playing at home here.
“They are a very good side. As you could see, they have specific way of playing which was hard to play against, so it was a really good test for us – good for fitness and good all-round.
“It’s mainly about fitness but it was a good test and a good work-out.”
Stephen Ward missed just one Premier League game last season
Taylor’s arrival as one of four pre-season signings will mean competition with Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward for the Clarets’ left-back slot.
And the 23-year-old is eagerly awaiting the start of the Premier League season after ending a decade on the books at Elland Road to have a first crack at the top flight with the Clarets.
York-born Taylor - who was in the Leeds side that lost 1-0 at Turf Moor as the Clarets closed in on promotion from the Championship in April, 2016 - added: “It’s been great. They are a brilliant set of lads and I seem to have settled really well and I’m enjoying it.
“I think all the lads are (in good shape). The gaffer has put us through an extremely tough pre-season but we are reaping the benefits and hopefully we will hit the ground running at the start of the season.
“I can’t wait. Like everyone, I’m just counting down the days until the first game against Chelsea.”