Having already witnessed what has been an emphatic start to pre-season preparations for Clarets, the club must now continue their momentum and build on solid foundations for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
Earlier this week, Burnley put an end to what looked to be a drought in the transfer market, securing the services of Dutch international Erik Pieters on a two-year deal.
Having confirmed the capture of the former Stoke left-back on Monday, news broke that the Clarets had also moved quickly to trigger local sensation Jay Rodriguez’s release clause at West Brom.
By Tuesday the club managed to turn disappointment into delight, with many fans initially wondering whether the club would act in the market.
With it now clear that the club are looking to solidify their squad, in an attempt to retain Premier League status for what would be a fourth successive season, the next step is surely to lay down a statement of intent to direct rivals.
Of the sides remaining in the division from last time out, only Southampton and Brighton finished lower than Sean Dyche’s men. They are two sides that have already been very much active in the market, with the Saints nipping in to sign Birmingham striker Che Adams, ahead of the Clarets reportedly.
Brighton have also wasted little time in attempting to improve for the new season. Off the back of deciding to part ways with experienced manager Chris Hughton, the south coast side have handed Graham Potter his first taste of top flight management in English football. In addition to that, he has already been provided with ammunition to improve on the Seagulls squad from last time out, already acquiring Matt Clark, along with Leandro Trossard from Portsmouth and Genk respectively.
As always there is of course the addition of three new unpredictable teams to contemplate, those being Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa this year.
All three clubs have strengthened in areas, with Villa the most potent you would have to say, splashing over £50 million thus far in the build up to their highly anticipated return to the division.
Both the Canaries and the Blades have been moving quietly in the market, confirming slightly less profile signings. Norwich have added a couple of loan signings in particular that spring to mind, with Patrick Roberts and Ralf Fährmann set to call Carrow Road their home for the year.
Chris Wilder has continued to add further British talent to his ranks, capturing free agent Phil Jagielka. He returns to Bramall Lane having also trained with Dyche’s squad.
The Premier League can often prove a merciless environment and as the famous word go, if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail… the competition is so high in the division, meaning the summer is now more crucial than it has ever been before it could be argued.
Clarets gaffer Dyche has commented on the situation moving forward regarding recruitment and his delight after seeing two experienced assets link up with the squad.
Speaking with the Burnley Express he suggested that the club are still looking to bring in quality if the opportunity arises, but he also hinted competing with other sides in terms of finances is off the agenda. He said:
“Buying players, the club still wants to be run carefully, but the market isn’t bothered about financial models.
“Villa have spent £100m or so, Bournemouth, Leicester, some clubs keep on going, but our club doesn’t want to do it like that.
“Some times you have to stretch it so far though, in the right way.
“But we’ve signed two excellent players and are still looking for anything else that can affect us.
“I spoke to the chairman and board and said, after last season, we had to get players in as early as possible, we want them ‘our’ fit, to get used to us and how we work.
“It’s not a must, but beneficial. And we’re getting a better balance of what we’re trying to achieve with the group positionally.”
From his comments, it is clear there is a sense of urgency, and rightly so. The sooner the club can get their business wrapped up the better, in order for the side to have as much time to adjust as possible.