Sean Dyche is still Burnley manager for now but the links with the vacant Everton position simply will not subside, the reason being that he has masterminded his side currently seventh position in the Premier League table. A win over today’s opponents Swansea will do little to slow down the rumour mill.
You get the feeling that the rumours are not going to go away until Everton appoint a new manager, the talk finally dies off in one of two ways. They either appoint Dyche or they don’t as only truly then can Burnley can get with life in the top flight once again.
They would quite obviously want Dyche to still be at the Turf Moor helm once all this Everton managerial talk blows over and the former Watford boss will not be looking any further than the task in hand and that is the visit of Paul Clement’s Swansea who are in need of a win and fast.
The Swans have picked up just three points from a possible 18 – that being a win over Huddersfield last month. Since then though it has been three straight defeats and more importantly they now find themselves second bottom in the Premier League table.
It is no secret that goals have been hard to come by this season for the South Wales outfit as they find themselves the joint second lowest goalscorers in the division at present. They have scored just seven goals from their first 11 matches of this league campaign.
The newly recent England international Tammy Abraham has done the lions share of the work for Swansea with four of the club’s seven league goals coming from him, that is a respectable contribution from the youngster but he simply cannot do the job of keeping Swansea up on his own.
So the news that both Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony are ready to return this weekend will come as a welcome boost but at the same time both players need to start offering a positive contribution. Admittedly they have played a handful of minutes between but the early signs from the two players do not look all that promising.
It is however very promising for Burnley as they currently find themselves seventh in the Premier League table and making a mockery of all the critics who said they were going to be in for a nasty dose of ‘Second Season Syndrome’ this time around.
Before the international break they snatched all three points away at Southampton with a late goal from Sam Vokes. The Welsh forward has a habit of scoring with his head with four of his last six goals coming from the use of his cranium.
Sean Dyche will not care all that much as to which body part scores the goals as long as they keep coming, they have not be all that free flowing in the final third but they are giving away very little at the back and that allows them to grind out wins such as this.
It’s the second consecutive 1-0 win that they have earned after a win over Newcastle previously to that, to be honest it was not a particularly good spectacle to watch but once again Sean Dyche will care very little as to how the points are accumulated.
Burnley certainly have more at their disposal than that of Swansea and I would imagine that they will put that to good use this afternoon with a third straight win, who knows it could be one that sees them return to the top six by the end of the day. A home win for me.
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— Dan Tracey (@dantracey1983) November 17, 2017