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GK Keen To Make A Mark - Dyche

Clarets will give on-loan winger platform to be a hit in the Premier League

11 January 2018

Sean Dyche hopes new loan signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will make his mark on the Premier League in claret and blue.

The winger has joined Burnley from Tottenham Hotspur for the remainder of the campaign.

And after limited first-team opportunities so far at White Hart Lane, the Clarets could potentially offer the France under-21 international the stage to shine in English football.

“He hasn’t played a lot, but we believe he is a player who has pace, is direct and a bit unknown,” said Dyche.

“I think Tottenham isn’t an easy team to break into, that’s for sure.

“He’s come in bright and vibrant and is keen to make a mark on the division, and not just on Burnley.

“He’s got a will and a demand to do well. He wants to make his mark over here and hopefully we’ll give him the chance to do that.

“We make it clear to anyone who comes here, whether signings or loans, they have to earn the right to play.

“He’s been told that and he’s more than happy to come in and be part of what we do.”

Nkoudou, 22, joined Spurs in August, 2016 for a reported £11m after an impressive one-season stay at Marseille.

The former Nantes wideman has since made 23 appearances for Tottenham, but is yet to start a Premier League game.

That makes him something of an unknown quantity at this level, but Nkoudou’s pedigree suggests he could be a key addition to the Clarets’ squad for the next five months and his temperament appears well-suited to Dyche’s methods, according to former Clarets defender Kieran Trippier.

The Burnley boss added: “We believe he’s fit and well and we know a bit about him from our scouts when he was in Marseille before he came over here.

“And beyond what we’ve seen and what we know, we spoke to Kieran.

“Kieran knows him well and has played with him for a while now.

“I spoke to Tripps more as a character reference, than his ability. He assured he wants to work hard, he wants to make a mark.

"He knows he will be in a good camp here because Tripps knows most of the players and will have assured him he will be well looked after and at least enjoy his time here. And hopefully he’ll deliver.”

Nkoudou will be part of the Clarets’ squad that travels to London for Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace where Dyche’s men will be looking for a fifth away win of the campaign.

However, the trip will come too soon for Chris Wood and Stephen Ward, while Scott Arfield is rated touch-and-go following a tweaked hamstring.

Arfield reaches the end of his current contract in the summer and the player and the club are still to reach an agreement on a new deal.

"Every player has a right to decide what their thoughts are on their contractual situation. That’s football," said Dyche.

"He has done well for us, and continues to do so. Both parties have to agree. That’s what it comes down to."


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