Sean Dyche focused on staying in the Premier League, not 2021 points per game table

Burnley, over the calendar year, have finished bottom of the 92 clubs in the Premier League and EFL in terms of points per game.

Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

But boss Sean Dyche insists the only table he is interested in is the Premier League one, and, having avoided the drop in May, he is determined to do the same this season and guide the Clarets out of the bottom three.

In 2021, Burnley earned only seven wins, and 34 points, for 0.87 points per game, with Newcastle on eight wins, 37 points and 0.88 points per game.

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Top of the pile are, no surprise, champions and league leaders Manchester City with 44 wins, 110 points and 2.5 points per game.

However, Dyche, in what he considered the most challenging season of his managerial career, led his side to 17th and safety last term, finishing 11 points clear of the drop, and his only focus is on delivering the same outcome this time around.

Dyche said, of the unwanted statistic: "It reflects the reality of being in the Premier League.

"If you think you're Burnley in the Premier League and you're going to be winning a lot more than you're not, well then you're probably a bit naive.

"The reality of the challenge of what it is to be Burnley in the Premier League is usually, not always, because we've had some fantastic seasons - seventh and 10th with 54 points - most seasons are a tough challenge for us.

"This season is no different, the year has been a big challenge for many people, not just us in football.

"And the idea of points per game means nothing, what means the most is being in the Premier League, which we are, and deserve to be, and now the challenge is to continue that."