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JBG Adds To Weaponry

Dyche welcomes winger options as Icelander returns to fitness

26 September 2019

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is back in business and ready to add to the Clarets’ armoury.

Gudmundsson is set to return to the Burnley squad for Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa after missing the last three Premier League games following a calf injury.

And having four fit and firing widemen available – along with the versatile Jeff Hendrick – is a welcome asset for boss Sean Dyche, who expects Dwight McNeil to shake off a minor knock to make the trip to the Midlands.

“Dwight had a dead leg but I’m hoping and expecting he will be okay, so it’s pretty good at the minute,” said Dyche.

“Johann comes back into the thinking. He’s had a good week’s training.

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“I think all of the wide players have different qualities – and I’m going to include Jeff as a fifth because he’s so good operating in different positions.

“We want that mixture of qualities they bring. I think the four main wide players all offer something different and I think that’s a good weapon for us – whether they start or whether they come off the bench.”

Dyche can also call on Aaron Lennon and the fit-again Robbie Brady, who both featured as susbtitutes in last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Norwich City.

The Clarets produced a complete performance in over-powering the Canaries to secure a second home win of the season and climb to ninth place in the table.

And Dyche is looking to back it up at Villa, who are trying to find their feet back in the top flight after three years in the Championship.

“I think last week was a good show of when we get it right collectively,” added Dyche.

“We have been close to that all the season, but I think that was a really strong show of it.

“We’ve got to maintain that, of course. One of my biggest things with the players is that the last one doesn’t owe you the next one.

“So, we have to make sure we’re clear minded and ready to go again against another promoted side.”


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