Burnley got their 40 points. Job done. For their first season back in the Premier League they did reasonably well. Their cup dreams were however halted very early on against inferior opposition. Clarets fans will hope for much of the same grit and steel next season with a sprinkling of creativity if they can make the correct signing.
Things went south after Gray’s hattrick against Sunderland, taking less than a point per game thereafter. They will however be much happier than the other promoted teams, who both got relegated with 6 and 12 less points respectively. Much was made of their home form, with improvement away from Turf Moor hugely necessary in order to stay in the top flight.
A lack of goals will be of concern too, with only the three relegated sides scoring less. Gray grabbed the headlines but Vokes was actually their top scorer, quietly scoring 10 Premiership goals. Their goal difference though was in line with most of the other teams in the bottom half, and actually superior to West Ham’s.
If they can improve upon their away form, potentially doubling their output, they could do very well. In context this season that would have taken them into 8th. Much will depend on the futures of Heaton and Keane though. A little creativity and pace on the break from wide areas may be needed too.
Burnley are in talks to sign Charlie Taylor from Leeds, who I’m not entirely sure they need. Fringe players at other clubs are the most likely additions. They may be tempted to take a chance on James Wilson and hope he doesn’t turn out like Bamford. A Gaston Ramirez type of player may be more likely to provide a bit of trickery if Dyche decides to play with a number 10. Over the border James Forrest of Celtic is a player that has started to catch the eye and would provide the type of attributes that Dyche is looking for.