Clarets boss Sean Dyche admits he is delighted with his attacking options this season.
Ashley Barnes has been the eye-catcher so far, with four goals in a blistering start to the season that earned a Premier League Player of the Month nomination.
But with last season’s joint-top scorer Chris Wood currently dovetailing well with Barnes, and summer signing Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra both providing strong competition, Dyche is happy with his lot.
“Woody has been unlucky not to nick his goal yet, because I think he’s played really well alongside Barnesy,” said Dyche, whose favoured strike partnership grabbed all three goals in last season’s impressive win away to Saturday’s opponents. Brighton.
“We know what a good player Jay Rod is as well and Matej can play his part, so it’s a good four and I’ve been particularly pleased.
“It hasn’t happened for him yet, but the fact that ‘Jay Rod’ was alive in pre-season and getting his links with the strikers is promising.
“Vyds is still the one who is probably still getting used to those links, but you look at it and it’s a really good group to have.”
Dyche expects to be bolstered by the return of Robbie Brady at the Amex Stadium, following a rib injury that has so far curtailed his season.
The Irishman’s return could offset the potential absence of fellow wide man Johann Berg Gudmundsson, although Dwight McNeil should be in contention after pulling out of the England U21 squad with a tight hamstring.
And the gaffer insists the squad are in good heart as they head to the south coast looking to register a first away win of the campaign.
“Our eye is on the ball and there’s a really good feel about the group at the moment,” he explained.
“We have been a little bit unlucky with the points on the board, but the performances have been pretty good.
“It’s a bit early yet to look at the whole picture, but the fire in the eyes looks good.
“We have to keep going hard and keeping doing all the things that turn good performances into winning results, but we are certainly a big shift away from where we were this time last year."