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.