Former Burnley favourite offers optimistic Burnley Premier League prediction
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That came off the back of an unforgettable campaign in the Championship where Kompany led the Clarets to the league title in his first season in charge.
Austin, who bagged 45 goals in 90 appearances for the club, is excited to see what his former side can achieve back in the big time.
“But since Vincent Kompany has come in the door at Burnley, he’s really changed the ethos of the club.
“It will be tough [as the surprise package], but I think they will avoid relegation.
“It’s a tough league, once you take the top teams out of it, the rest are all fighting for the same situation.”
One of Kompany’s biggest achievements has been the manner of which he’s transformed Burnley from Sean Dyche’s rough-and-ready approach to a more pleasing-on-the-eye approach.
While Austin, who is now back with his old side Swindon Town, has nothing but respect for what Dyche achieved at Turf Moor, he’s excited at what the future holds with Kompany at the helm.
“It speaks for itself [Vincent Kompany’s impact at Burnley],” Austin added.
“They were the runaway champions in the Championship last season and then they came up against the Premier League champions on the first day of the season, and it shows what they will have to come up against.
“Of course, they won’t come against that [Manchester City] side week in, week out, but that’s the type of quality they’re going to face.
“Sean Dyche was there before and did an amazing job with the football club, saved the football club, and took them to places that they never thought they would go.
“Vincent Kompany has come in with a completely different mindset. The way they were playing last season was fantastic and great to watch, so I think he’s done an amazing job there.”