Sean Dyche feels he has a balanced squad after adding three signings on transfer deadline day on Monday.
Dyche brought in Hull City midfielder George Boyd on a three-year deal, for a fee believed to be a club record-equalling £3m, while adding loan additions in the shape of midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea and Manchester United centre back Michael Keane.
That took Dyche’s summer dealings to 10 new faces and four fresh contracts for Kieran Trippier, Scott Arfield, Ben Mee and Tom Heaton.
Burnley had, as you would expect with the Premier League riches, a record transfer window, spending approximately £7.5m - the 18th most in the division, but, conversely, a higher net spend than both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
Only West Brom signed more players, and Dyche looked back on the summer window which had it’s travails, with failed bids to land a number of targets, including Craig Dawson, Troy Deeney, Henri Lansbury, Craig Bryson, Richard Keogh and James McArthur: “What people must understand is that it’s a tougher situation when you are small fish in a pond among plenty of bigger ones.
“It’s much tougher having the transfer window here than in the Championship, because once it shuts there are no more loans.
“That’s why you need a deeper squad.
“It’s not necessarily because you want one, because we did well with the numbers last season, but now the window is closed, that’s it done.
“One of the things we wanted at the beginning of pre-season was to build a balanced squad and have demand in all areas, and we have now.
“There is a nice balance between young players and fresh faces and the more experienced players.
“People like George fit into both categories as he is young enough to still be in his prime at 28, but experienced enough to know what all the variances of football require after playing all the way through the leagues.”