WHILE Clarets boss Sean Dyche is open to improving his squad, he won’t be rushed into the loan market ahead of the close of the window.
The Football League’s deadline for emergency loan deals is November 25th, but the new man has been pleased with the reaction of his players so far, and isn’t desperate to take the plunge just for the sake of it.
The Burnley squad has more depth than in recent memory, with the likes of Cameron Stewart, Keith Treacy, Kevin Long, Luke O’Neill, George Porter and the first-year professionals on the fringes of the matchday squad at the moment, and that competition for places can only benefit the club.
Dyche explained his thinking on the loan situation: “It’s a hard one because when I came in I needed to see the group work.
“It’s important if I’m setting a culture it’s clear to everyone what we require within the group, and it’s important they’re allowed to be flexible to change and be part of that.
“Alongside that we want challenge and we want competition and we want to improve.
“So of course if the appropriate situation arises for us then we will look at that seriously.
“But at the moment the lads are challenging for their shirts, they’ve performed, they’re working hard on the training ground, so I’m not over-thinking going elsewhere before I’ve looked at being connected with these people.
“Again it sets the bigger picture culture, we believe in what’s here, we believe in working with them and developing them, but not in a way where you’re not still looking to challenge them with incoming players.
“It is something we’re thinking of but we’re not desperately active at the moment.
“We monitor things and we’re currently monitoring situations and availability of players.”
He will give similar consideration to allowing those fringe players out on loan to get match fitness or further their development: “I believe in the loan system – I’ve used it before.
“It’s not always the technical and tactical side of the game the young players go into – whatever club it might be – and I will make it clear to them when they go out on loan that’s not pushing players out, it’s done for a reason, we’ll monitor it, we’ll be speaking to the staff and likewise when we have loan players in we report back on them.
“We’ve had great success by doing that in the past.
“We’ll be looking at avenues to go down. It has to be the right level and the right type of challenge.
“Different players need different challenges. The reality is the main thing that we look for is going and doing it at a given club.
“If you look across the board, down around the London area Tottenham put a heavy amount of players out on loan last year
“ We believed in it at Watford because of financial reasons we were fast-tracking, but here I don’t think we have to fast-track as much, but still develop youngsters in the appropriate manner.
“I’ve walked into a club where there’s already a belief in loaning players out. We have players at Droylsden and Barrow, but as manager it’s important they understand it’s not about easing them out somewhere off-site, it’s about them gaining experience, and I think that’s invaluable.”