Matej Vydra is ready to step up and help fire the Clarets away from the foot of the Premier League.
Vydra is yet to make a full Burnley debut since his August signing from Derby County following an injury-interrupted pre-season.
But after working his way back to full fitness and making three appearances from the bench – including a goal-scoring bow in the Clarets’ Europa League exit to Olympiakos – last season’s Championship Player of the Year is eager to play his part in Burnley’s bid to get their league campaign up-and-running.
“When I came here I spoke with the gaffer and he said he needed players fit for 100 per cent,” said Vydra, who scored 22 times for the Rams last season.
“We had a discussion and I said I wasn’t fit for how he wanted it, but he gave me the time and now I just want to be an important player for Burnley.
“I feel 100 per cent fit and now it’s up to me show what a striker I am and what quality I have.
“I know it’s not only about me. If you want to keep a clean sheet it’s about 10 other people on the pitch and if you want to score goals, it’s about defenders as well. But I am ready to do everything.”
The Clarets have drawn a blank in front of goal in their last two top-flight games and on Saturday face a Bournemouth side that has come flying out the traps at the start of the season with three wins and a draw from their opening five fixtures.
But Sean Dyche’s squad has looked to draw a line in the sand following last Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Wolves, which left the Clarets still looking for a first domestic win of the campaign.
And Vydra believes there is sufficient quality in the ranks to quickly turn things around as he looks to make his mark and deliver the goods in front of the Turf Moor crowd.
“It’s nice to hear they are excited about me,” he added.
“I hope the supporters will be behind me and the team as a group. I try to do my best and help to score goals and show my football.
“Especially for a striker for when you have a debut and you score a goal you can see how important it is.
“Just now I have scored one goal, but I hope it’s not the last one! And now the most important goals will be in the Premier League because we haven’t scored so many.
“I know how hard it is to score in the Premier League but from seeing the boys on the training pitch I can see it’s a very good team spirit.
“I remember thinking after my first training session here, I thought ‘Wow, there’s some good players here’.
“We have shown on the training pitch we are good, we just need to bring that into the games now.
“It’s been a very hard start for Burnley, but nothing is easy in the Premier League. Now we have to be focused for Saturday and try to be our best.
“I think it will be good after a few wins. I want to help with that and I am ready.”