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Burnley Strengthen Their Attack But Have They Signed The Right Player?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

The Premier League is peculiar to most other top Leagues in Europe in more than one way. It has more diverse quality than any other league and is also one of the richest in Europe. This has seen clubs in the league accumulate squads larger than requirements on a regular basis with leasing a certain number of players out on loan to allow them to gain experience and then sell them for profits. Chelsea is one such club who had almost 33 players on loan last season and they are following suit even after the new manager Antonio Conte took charge of the club.

The former Italian has let a number of players leave on loan in the current transfer window and one such player who is now on his way out of the club is England U-21 international Patrick Bamford. The 22-year-old moved to Chelsea from Nottingham Forest back in 2012 and has since spent 5 years on loan at different clubs in the country. He was a part of the Norwich City team that was relegated last season but made only 7 appearances, scoring no goals, making his progress that much harder. However, Conte seems to have seen enough in him to only sell him on a loan and refusing to completely give up on him.


Sean Dyche, the manager at Burnley is off to a decent start taking 3 points from his first three games of the new season in the top flight. He has made a number of additions to his squad and has already made it stronger from the last season. The 22-year old striker is a natural and instinctive finisher who has not been given enough time to prove himself. He was regarded as one of the most exciting players in England when Chelsea signed him from Forest, but he has not been able to live up to his expectations and has not done enough to find even a single appearances in his stint at the Stamford Bridge in the domestic league.

He has quick feet that draw opponents to commit a number of fouls and is a more than decent option to come on from the bench and effect games at the end. The manager has used a 4-4-2 formation for the games this season with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray as the two strikers who alternate with deeper roles. George Boyd and Scott Arfield were usually deployed on the wings to provide the team some width while Vokes and Gray try to work some space in the middle of the park. This is where Bamford might be a genius signing for Dyche.

The Chelsea man has a great understanding of the game that allows him to play in sync with most of his teammates and with the manager using a robust formation that will see his team play in a compact manner Bamford might actually be the right man to lead the attack for the club.

He is relatively young and not at his best yet but he has shown great potential every time he is on the field and this will be encouraging signs for the Burnley manager who would love to give him enough time in the season to prove himself. Do you think Patrick Bamford is a good signing for Sean Dyche?

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