Burnley 2019-20 season preview

Established: 1882
Stadium: Turf Moor
Location: Burnley (Lancashire, England)
Head Coach: Sean Dyche
Nickname: The Clarets
Rival(s): Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers
Top-Division Titles: 2 (1920-21, 1959-60)

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Best possible XI:

Heaton
Taylor
Mee
TarkowskI
Lowton
Cork
Westwood
McNeil
Hendrick
Rodriguez
Wood

Key arrivals: Erik Pieters (Stoke City), Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion), Danny Drinkwater (Loan, Chelsea)

Key departures: Peter Crouch (retired), Jonathan Walters (retired), Stephen Ward (Stoke City)

Ranking their offseason: So far, so good: Rodriguez comes home to try and recapture his strike magic, and Pieters gives good depth to the left side should Charlie Taylor falter. The key has been holding onto Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski. 6/10.

Star player: McNeil. Not a lot of teenagers break through for Sean Dyche, who is wary of giving too much responsibility too fast. McNeil’s three goals and five assists in 1,599 minutes is solid production for a kid who will be 19 until Nov. 22.

Coaches’ Corner: It’s a little surprising that Sean Dyche hasn’t jumped to another club, but he’s royalty in Burnley and respected around the league. Leading the Clarets to the Europa League in 2017-18 remains one of the top achievements of any Premier League manager this century.

PST predicts: Safe for another season, but just.

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