No rest for Sean Dyche as Burnley seek to avoid second-season syndrome

Despite a disappointing defeat at home to West Ham United to end the campaign, it was very much a case of ‘mission accomplished’ for Burnley this season.

Securing their Premier League status was always the priority and despite being widely predicted to continue their recent yo-yo existence with a swift return to the Championship, the Clarets eventually survived with a bit to spare.

Betting odds will be available for next season’s Premier League markets almost as soon as the Championship play-off final has been decided and the reality is that Sean Dyche’s charges are sure to be among the relegation favourites again next term.

Whether you believe the Clarets will secure safety again or struggle to survive, there are sure to be opportunities to bet for free as bookmakers look to attract new custom with free bet offers over the close season.

The comings and goings at Turf Moor over the summer will be crucial to their hopes of steering clear of the drop again and to begin establishing themselves as a top-tier club.

There is already speculation as to moves in and out of the club, with defender Michael Keane looking the most likely high-profile departure, particularly with former club Manchester United said to be circling.

Compensation of somewhere in the region of £25 million would certainly represent decent business for a player who only cost £2 million a couple of years ago although as reported in the Independent, Manchester United do have a 25% sell-on clause from the original deal.

There are also doubts surrounding the futures of strikers Andre Gray (Everton and Tottenham Hotspur) and Ashley Barnes (Newcastle United and Crystal Palace).

Burnley broke their transfer record three times over the past year in signing Steven Defour, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady and, according to the Lancashire Telegraph, they may well do so again this summer, although one of the first additions could be Barnsley’s out-of-contract midfielder Marley Watkins.

Other players said to be under the spotlight include Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart, Brentford’s Spanish winger Jota, Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and, having impressed on loan at Leeds United last season, Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley.

Dyche proved to be a shrewd judge when it came to recruitment last summer. Burnley’s hopes of securing a third straight season of top-flight football could rest on his ability to