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Dyche: Players Mean Business

16 August 2019

Sean Dyche admits he is delighted at the fiercely competitive nature of his squad.

The Clarets head to Arsenal this weekend buoyed by their stunning 3-0 opening day win over Southampton.

And the gaffer feels the new arrivals have given a fresh edge to the friendly rivalry in the ranks.

Dyche said: “In terms of the new arrivals, I’ve been really pleased.

“Danny (Drinkwater) came in slightly later and he needs football to get his match fitness back and with Bailey (Peacock-Farrell) it’s slightly different.

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“But in terms of the other two, Erik (Pieters) and Jay (Rodriguez), they have come in with that quite obvious attitude of wanting that shirt.

“That’s a great thing to have, and it sounds really obvious, but in terms of Erik in particular, Charlie Taylor had a super strong season, so it can be a case of someone coming in and thinking they may well not start.

“He, along with Jay, hasn’t come in with that attitude at all.

“The way Jay is going in training and following pre-season, I’m sure he will get plenty of football this year and Erik is already getting first team action.

“I’ve been really pleased with the energy and commitment – across the team – to say ‘I mean business’.

“That is brilliant for a competitive edge, let along the fact someone else is out there trying to stop you doing what you want to do.”

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Ashley Barnes’ brace against the Saints on the opening weekend, complemented by Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s stunning strike, made it a perfect start for the Clarets.

And they now hope their luck will turn against the Gunners, who remain the only Premier Leaguer side yet to yield a point to a Sean Dyche side.

The gaffer added: “I was so pleased last week – and when you look at our goals record form last Christmas onwards, when we turned a corner – it’s been very strong.

“That clinical edge was there again last weekend, and we know we have to build on that, of course.

“But it’s sometimes hard to find the chances in the Premier League.

“When they come your way, you have to be ready to take them and we did that last weekend.

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“I’ve always believed we can find a goal. Not it’s about how many different ways we can do that, and make it happen not just wait for it.

“I’m hopeful that continues, and I think it will because the mindset is clear at the moment and that provides us with a good attacking threat.”


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