Burnley boss Sean Dyche prepared to wait for permanent signings before turning to loan market

Sean Dyche isn’t averse to using loan signings as a cheaper alternative to bolster his squad.
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Danny Drinkwater

But he would prefer to wait to see if he can bring in more permanent signings first.

Burnley have so far only been able to add goalkeeper Will Norris in the transfer window.

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And the loan market hasn’t often been an avenue that has brought much success for Dyche, with the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Patrick Bamford and Danny Drinkwater all failing to make an impact, while Burnley didn’t really see the best of Alex Kacaniklic, Georges-Kévin Nkoudou and Jon Flanagan.

There were, though, the likes of Ben Mee, Kieran Trippier, Michael Kightly and Michael Keane, who all signed permanently after initial loan periods, and Dyche said: “My considered view of loans is not that I am against them, we have had loan players.

“We try and get business done when people are actually part of you.

“I have been on loan as a player, and it is strange. It doesn’t mean that you are not giving everything, because a lot of loans work and some have been fantastic for clubs.

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“But if you sign a player, they’re invested in you, the culture, the club, the fans, everything about it. When you’re on loan, it’s a slightly different thing.

“The appropriate loan, the right loan at any given time, I’d certainly look at, but I always think you get your business done first, the main players, because you could take on a loan and get a chance on a player you wanted in the first place, who could be part of you and the collective, and if you’ve got the loan player, he’s filled that slot – I’m not at a club where if you fill a slot, they allow you to fill it twice.

“That’s more of a business view of it, ideally, get your main business done first, signing players who are actually part of your group, and add through loans if and when appropriate or possible.”

Asked whether he was confident of getting more deals done, Dyche added: “I have just the same confidence level I have every season, it’s fingers crossed. We ask for the money that’s needed, we get it and we can sign a player.

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“We’ve tried on a few, as I’ve said many times, we’re often first in, first out, because once we’re in, the numbers and stories go round and someone else comes in and offers more than us, that’s often the case.

“There are still certain situations we think we have a chance on, the idea of signing what we actually need, as a business and as a team, can be different to the chance of signing that, because of the numbers involved, so we often get what we think is appropriate for what we think can challenge ourselves to move forward, not what is actually needed, and we mould it as a group.

“We’ve done well with that, and the players have to accept that and work with this model to still be effective.”