They are getting results against big sides
Newly promoted Burnley are the only side in the Premier League that have beaten Liverpool this season. They recorded a 2-0 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s title contenders back in August despite having just 20% possession throughout the match. Defeating Liverpool is a massive result for Burnley and shows signs of improvement, considering Liverpool beat them twice last time they were in the Premier League. The Clarets played out a goalless draw with Man United last month.
Even though Jose Mourinho’s side had 37 shots in the match, their most in a Premier League game since 2003/04, they could not break down Burnley’s defence and most importantly goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Burnley have also been victorious against Everton and Crystal Palace (both games ended with a late winner) meaning they are 9th in the table going into the international break.
They have learnt from their last spell in the top flight
When Burnley were in the Premier League in the 2014/15 season, they did not spend enough money. They have already rectified that this summer by breaking their transfer record twice to sign Steven Defour (£8m) and Jeff Hendrick (£10.5m). The Clarets signed Andre Gray last season from Brentford and his 23 goals were hugely important as Burnley won the Championship and therefore automatic promotion to the Premier League. If they had signed him a year earlier, perhaps they would not have gone down in the first place.
In the 2014/15 season, Burnley had six losses and four draws before they got their first win in their 11th game. After 11 games this season, they have four wins, three draws and five losses. This highlights how far Burnley have come in their year away from the top flight.
The Burnley captain has been absolutely outstanding so far this season. He made 11 saves against Man United, the joint-most by a keeper in a Premier League game this season (also Heaton v Southampton). Heaton commands his area well, which fills his team with confidence. He constantly leads by example and embodies the spirit and determination that is a regular feature of Burnley’s play. Tom Heaton arrived at Burnley as Sean Dyche’s first permanent signing on a free transfer from Bristol City in the summer of 2013. The English goalkeeper continues to show what a fantastic acquisition he was. He is an ever-present in the side, starting all 11 Premier League games this season and keeping three clean sheets.
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