Sean Dyche believes quality not quantity will help the Clarets build on their impressive start to the season.
The Burnley boss added seven new faces to his squad this summer, with six players moving out and Daniel Agyei and Tom Anderson leaving Turf Moor on loan on deadline day.
That has left him with a 23-man senior squad to operate with.
And Dyche believes that gives him the competition for places he wants – having had to omit defender Charlie Taylor from Sunday’s match-winning squad against Crystal Palace and with Jeff Hendrick, Dean Marney and new signing Nahki Wells all still to return from injury.
“We are not carrying huge numbers, for a reason,” said the Clarets’ chief, who gave Chris Wood a full debut in the 1-0 win over Palace at Turf Moor and sent on Ashley Barnes and Ashley Westwood to help the Clarets keep their noses in front after Nick Pope had earlier come off the bench to replace the injured Tom Heaton.
“I want that. I want that tight group.
“Even yesterday, I spoke before the game about for the first time one of our more senior-looking players in Charlie Taylor had to come off the bench.
“That won’ be a constant thing, but he had to on Sunday and as players get fit there will be others.
“But I believe in the group and I believe in them all being ready to deliver.
“And I think the changes yesterday, all of them, affected the game in a positive manner.”