Burnley’s two key players so far this season

A solid start to the season sees Burnley sitting seventh, with seven points from four games, which any Clarets fan would’ve taken in June when the fixtures were released.

A win at Stamford Bridge is the highlight, but a late equaliser at Wembley from Chris Wood was a close second.

Sean Dyche is a big believer in instilling a team ethic, but despite this, there have been some stand out performers in the side.

Jack Cork

A summer signing from Swansea City, Cork has been a revelation in the heart of the Burnley midfield, immediately securing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

The former Chelsea youngster has slotted seamlessly into the midfield, forging a partnership alongside Steven Defour that looks to be one of the strongest outside of the top 7.

Comfortable on the ball, Cork retains possession well and it is no coincidence that his return to the club has coincided with a change in the way in which the Clarets play, with a more possession based style being implemented.

Cork is also willing to work extremely hard in midfield out of possession and he is one of the leading players in the Burnley squad when it comes to winning the ball back.

Steven Defour

After a difficult second half to last season, which saw him sat on the bench for most of it, or utilised sparingly on the wing.

The Belgian missed a large chunk of the season through injury and his lack of fitness was evident, but after a full preseason, he has come back into the fold looking rejuvenated.

Defour has been instrumental in the heart of the Burnley midfield, pulling the strings in an attacking sense and being the heartbeat of the Clarets side.

The defensive side of his game has also come to the fore this season, his increased fitness has lead to his defensive stats being bumped up and he leads the way in the Premier League in terms of interceptions.

 

 

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