Dyche urges Clarets to be brave as Clarets await McArthur response

Wigan Player James McArthur Goal
Wigan Player James McArthur Goal

Clarets boss Sean Dyche insists his side will continue to be brave in the Premier League.

Some pundits and supporters have suggested that Burnley cannot continue to play with two strikers in the top flight, having started with Danny Ings and Lukas Jutkiewicz in the 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Monday night.

Many have advocated an extra midfielder to help give the Clarets more control in games, but, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea City, Dyche is defiant: “It’s a decision we made to be progressive - we’re not coming away from situations, we want to take the group forward and improve it.

“And that is the manner how we think we should do it, particularly at home.”

He added: “It’s all a matter of yardage anyway, Chelsea played 4-2-3-1, and Ingsy was a number 10, between the two, so we were 4-4-1-1, 4-3-3, 4-4-2, however you want to look at it.

“People get bogged down with formations.

“I just want us to be brave. There’s a fine line between brave and naive, and we want that balance.

“We had nine efforts on goal, and Chelsea played teams last season who had none.

“We have to find a way of winning, and you can’t win if you have no shots on goal.”

Meanwhile, Burnley are waiting on the outcome of their latest attempt to bolster their squad. Having had a £4m offer for Wigan Athletic’s 26-year-old Scotland midfielder James McArthur rebuffed, the Clarets have returned with an improved bid, believed to be £5m.

Dyche said: “We’re sitting tight on a couple of situations - there are no guarantees, it’s just how the market is.

“But we need to build a squad, it doesn’t have to be a starting XI, we need competition and demand from within.

“We’re carrying light numbers, Cammy Dummigan got a taste of it (on Monday), who’s a young player who is developing for us, and we definitely need strength in depth.

“We are attempting to get things over the line, it’s just not that easy. But I’m still hopeful.”

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler has said McArthur is not for sale but the player is thought to want a move to the Premier League.