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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Burnley

Burnley lifted the Championship trophy or, at least, an inflatable replica, after beating Charlton Athletic 3-0 at the Valley in the final game of the season, but the Clarets are odds-on favourites to be relegated the Premier League. Manager Sean Dyche described avoiding relegation for the second time in three seasons as “massive challenge” and it remains to be seen if his squad is equal to the task.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson has signed a one-year contract and 18-year-old former Motherwell midfielder Robbie Leitch has joined the club on free transfer, but Derby County have rejected a £3 million bid for midfielder Jeff Hendrick. Striker Sam Vokes, who scored 15 goals in the Championship last season, of course, scored a towering header to take Wales into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 but, along with strike partner Andre Gray, may struggle to make an impact back in the Premier League.

Burnley didn’t spend much money the last time they were promoted and, while their work-rate was admirable, their lack of ambition in attack ultimately cost them dearly. The Turf Moor faithful will, no doubt, be looking to Sean Dyche to bolster his attacking options sooner rather than later, or might just be a case of history repeating itself. That said, anyone who fancies a season of “Leicester-esque” proportions can back the Clarets at 1,500/1 to win the Premier League.

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