Burnley boss Sean Dyche will turn his attentions to the Premier League after the club’s first European games in more than half a century and the closure of a frustrating transfer window.
The Clarets were heading back home from Turkey on Friday after holding out for a 0-0 draw with Istanbul Basaksehir in the first leg of their Europa League third-round qualifying clash.
While Dyche was content with the result, there was further disappointment as the Clarets failed to add to their three summer signings – Ben Gibson, Matej Vydra and Joe Hart – on transfer deadline day.
Burnley have found themselves priced out of many deals, and Dyche told reporters in Istanbul: “It’s been the worst I’ve experienced.
“Even some of the big, big clubs haven’t got the player they wanted. And even more for us – we’re spending pretty decent money now, if you’re looking at £10million and £15million, and yet you can’t scratch the surface. It’s very frustrating and difficult and I’ve very pleased it’s closed.”
Dyche picked a side partly with Sunday’s Premier League opener against Southampton in mind, and was only able to name a 17-man squad because of injury.
Striker Chris Wood was sidelined by an infected insect bite but could return while Tom Heaton is available again following a calf injury. That gives Dyche a decision to make in goal after he gave a debut to Hart in Istanbul following his move from Manchester City.
The 31-year-old ended a 12-year stay at City in search of first-team football but finds himself in competition with two other England international keepers in Heaton and Nick Pope, who is currently sidelined by a shoulder problem.
Hart was thrilled with his first experience in a Burnley shirt, which saw him make a couple of good saves, and he said on burnleyfootballclub.com: “I loved it.
“I thought the lads were absolutely fantastic and showed good European nous. An away result was so important, and I think we realised that with 10 or 12 minutes to go and we shut the door.
“I absolutely love playing in Europe. The Premier League is fantastic but, once you get a taste for it, it’s the place to be.”
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