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Dyche Sees Growth In New Boy Taylor

6 July 2017

Sean Dyche was delighted with his first summer signing after Charlie Taylor linked up with the squad on the first day of pre-season training.

The Clarets boss believes he has signed a player with exciting potential after the 23-year-old full back crossed the Pennines from Leeds United at the end of his contract.

He said: “I still think there’s more to come from Charlie. I still think there’s a lot of growth and a lot of potential in him.

“I think for a player at the younger end of the market he’s played quite a lot of football and done a good job overall at Leeds.

“It was hard for him last season in a team that were flying, then fell away a little bit. He had a lot going on, whether he was staying or moving, but I’m pleased to say that I think he’s a signing that can grow and progress here.”

Taylor’s capture provides stiff competition at left full back for Irish international Stephen Ward, who was one of the side’s most consistent performers as the Clarets comfortably retained their Premier League status.

Dyche added: “Certainly over the last two seasons, that competition has really ramped up in all areas.

“The full back positions are always important and we like that competition around the group. It’s fair to say there’s a nice balance at full back now.

“Wardy has done ever so well, but now there’s some competition for him now, so we’ve some good competition in that area.”

Dyche was speaking as the squad - minus the growing number of international stars - returned to the Barnfield Training Centre on Thursday ahead of next week’s training trip to Ireland.

He explained: “Some of the lads will join us in Dublin next week. It’s only for a couple of days extra off but they’ve been working a lot longer into the summer with their international teams, so with those few extra days maybe they can sneak in the end of a holiday, before they’re ready to come back in next week.

“It was only six weeks off in total for the players who aren’t on international duty and that sounds a lot but it’s not when you think about it.

“Six weeks is not that big a deal, but equally it’s enough time to get away and revitalise and rest, both mentally and physically, ready to come back and start again.”

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