FIVE-POINT PLAN

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

1 KEEP IT TIGHT A T THE BA CK

Burn­ley con­ceded just 39 goals last sea­son, eight fewer than any other team out­side the top five and 12 fewer than Ar­se­nal. Dy­che’s Clarets are or­gan­ised – it’s the key to their suc­cess and helped Tom Heaton, Nick Pope and James Tarkowski to earn Eng­land caps.

2 DON’T LET THE EUROP A LEAGUE AF­FECT THEM

The Lan­cas­tri­ans were forced into an early start to the new sea­son, play­ing their first Europa League match against Aberdeen on July 26, so their cam­paign im­me­di­ately felt the im­pact. Europe is a chal­lenge the club haven’t faced for 51 years. When they fin­ished sev­enth last term, they stressed their in­ten­tion to em­brace it, but they must also make sure that their elon­gated sea­son doesn’t af­fect league re­sults.

3 WIN A PENALTY

Much to the man­ager’s grow­ing vex­a­tion, Dy­che’s team went the en­tire 2017-18 Pre­mier League sea­son with­out be­ing awarded a sin­gle penalty. Thank­fully, that didn’t hin­der their progress one lit­tle bit, but they will be hop­ing that the spot­kick drought doesn’t drag on into the new cam­paign.

4 RE­VIVE AARON LEN­NON

It’s been a dif­fi­cult pe­riod for the for­mer Eng­land winger, now 31. In April 2017, he was de­tained un­der the Men­tal Health Act be­cause of con­cerns over his wel­fare. That was when he was strug­gling for game time at Ever­ton; after mov­ing to Turf Moor in Jan­uary, he started 13 league matches. The Leeds-born flyer still has abil­ity and a con­tin­ued re­vival in his form would be wel­comed both by Burn­ley sup­port­ers and foot­ball fans around the coun­try.

5 KEEP GET­TING THE BEST OUT OF BARNES

Bath-born Barnes’ goals were key to the Clarets’ suc­cess in 2017-18, with six in the space of eight matches main­tain­ing Burn­ley’s push for Europe. One ap­pear­ance for Aus­tria Un­der-20s in 2008 is a cu­ri­ous fact that’s fol­lowed him through­out a ca­reer largely played in the lower leagues. He qual­i­fies via his grand­mother, and Aus­tria boss Franco Foda has stated his in­ten­tion to call up the 28-year-old if he con­tin­ues to shine.

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