Sean Dyche not surprised by form of former Clarets striker Danny Ings
It earned Ings a recall to the England squad, five years after his last selection, following a run of bad luck with injuries at Liverpool.
Burnley come face to face with the popular frontman tonight, with Ings already boasting two goals to his name so far this term.
He netted against the Clarets in Burnley’s 2-1 win at St Mary’s in February, and Dyche said, of his form: “He’s always shown signs of it, back in the day here, very, very highly talented player.
“He’s been very unlucky with injuries, he was unlucky before I got here, but it’s not a massive surprise he finds a patch where he comes good, and now it’s just about consistency with his body, which I hope for him stays well.
“People forget he’s an older, wiser player on and off the pitch now, so that helps.
“He’s always shown signs, Keano, Tripps, these are the guys you always thought would be good players and have continued to be.
“We have our own version of them now in the building, very good players who continue to develop and continue to prove their worth.”
Dyche mentions Kieran Trippier and Michael Keane, in addition to Ings, and, if you add Tom Heaton, four of the Burnley side relegated from the Premier League in 2015 have gone on to earn senior England recognition.
Ings, Trippier and Keane were in Gareth Southgate’s last squad, and Dyche is proud of playing some part in their development: “They’ve done very well, they did very well when they were with us, they’re all very good players quite obviously.
“You only hope you rubbed off a little bit, you hope you played your part adding a bit to their development, myself and my staff.
“I marvel at players, I can only give guidance and an opinion, it’s whether they take it and use it.
“Some will decide it’s about them or you, some praise you for their time with them, and some choose they’ve done it their own way.
“I’m not too precious about it, all I do is work authentically with the players and if it helps them, fantastic, if it doesn’t, I’ve tried my hardest to make them better or give them a chance to.
“But I’d like to think as a collective here, the stimulus we put into the players has rubbed off on them and they’ll remember some parts of what we did and use it wisely.
“It looks like they have done.”