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Defour: I'm Feeling Good

Steven Defour is enjoying life at Turf Moor after flying start to the season

13 September 2017

Steven Defour says he is feeling good at Turf Moor - but insists there is still more to come.

Defour has enjoyed an impressive start to the season, with an ever-present record in the Premier League helping the Clarets take seven points from their opening four games.

And the Belgium international puts his resurgence down to a positive pre-season and the backing of boss Sean Dyche after thoughts of a possible move away from Burnley were shelved.

“When you’re not playing for several months, you have to think of other options,” Defour admitted.

“If it’s not working out, it’s just not working out.

“Maybe at some point that passed through my head but then I said in pre-season I’m going to give it all and let’s see what happens.

“And what happened we saw a Steven Defour that is becoming really fit to play for Burnley.

“I had a good pre-season. He (the manager) gave me my chance to play and I did good, so now I have to continue with those kind of performances.

“I feel good. I feel fully adapted to Burnley and I hope it continues that way.

“They are seeing a good Steven Defour. He can still do better. I’m still growing but it’s going good for the moment.”

There were reservations at times last season over Defour’s ability to stay the pace in the Premier League on a sustained basis as the Clarets battled to gain a foothold back in the top-flight.

The former Standard Liege, Porto and Anderlecht midfielder – a title winner in both Belgium and Portugal ­– still played a key role in the first half of the season as Burnley put a significant number of points on the board.

A hamstring injury sustained at the end of January then nullified his impact in the closing months of the campaign.

But the fans’ favourite has come back with a bang this term, playing in both a five-man midfield and in a central two for last Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace when he put in a full-on shift alongside Jack Cork.

“The manager had to make some choices. I had to accept that, even if I wasn’t happy with it,” added the 29-year-old.

“It was frustrating but we never really had problems. He has always been honest and straight-forward with me and the other lads. I just have to accept that and work for it.

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

“When you are playing, you’re happier than when you’re not playing. It’s nice to see that I can do the work the manager wants me to do.

“I think I have become a different player because I am fully adapted now to his demands.

“When you play at Burnley there will be a lot of games when you don’t always have the ball, so you have to work a lot in a defensive way and run a lot.

“And the Premier League never stops, so you have to prepare for that.”

The next test for Defour is set to come at Liverpool on Saturday as the Clarets look to extend their remarkable unbeaten away record – having won at Chelsea and drawn at Tottenham so far.

It was a win over the Reds at Turf Moor last August that saw the play-maker made his Burnley bow, having signed for a then-record club fee from Anderlecht.

And Defour knows getting another positive result at Anfield would make it an impressive hat-trick on the road to start the season.

“That would be nice. We know we can do it now, so I think we have the confidence,” he said.

“We have had a good start to the season, so we’ll see how it goes on Saturday.”


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