Sean Dyche has taken aim at Leeds United and Bielsa, and what he sees as a massive spending splurge in a self-pitying assessment of his struggling Burnley side.
The Clarets suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday when they let a one-goal advantage slip against a team that was winless in seven games.
But Dyche came out to bat for his bruised outfit after the game when asked if he was jealous of clubs who could afford to sign some of the supreme talents on show in the Premier League, and he was quick to bring up Marcelo Bielsa’s high-flying Whites.
“It’s been like that ever since I’ve been here,” he told BBC MOTD2 [11/04/21].
“I don’t think we’ve been spending fortunes. I had to laugh actually, someone made a comment about Leeds and said they’ve only spent £100million.
“That would be nice, we’ve spent £750,000 so that’s a challenge.”
We have some admiration for the job done by Dyche with Burnley as he has overseen the steady stabilisation of a smaller club in the top-flight.
The Clarets always seem to have just enough to escape the relegation places despite being the most frugal club in the division when it comes to the transfer market.
According to a study by the Mirror at the start of the season Burnley have the least expensively assembled squad in the Premier League at £82.6million, something that was laid bare last summer with 33-year-old Dale Stephens the only player to pick up a transfer fee.
However bringing Leeds into the picture isn’t the answer and he makes himself look a little foolish with his comments.
Bielsa certainly hasn’t got this Leeds side where they are just by spending money.
The same report puts the Whites at 17th in the transfer cost table at £120.3million. While that is still a sizeable difference to Burnley, we were only promoted to the top-flight at the beginning of the campaign.
Did Dyche expect us to just leave our squad how it was and pick up little gems? The difference in size and stature of both clubs is huge and that is the story here.
Despite our squad cost pitting us at 17th, we are still vying for a top-half finish this season as we currently sit 10th with seven games remaining.
We had to spend that money to get where we are and that’s the ambition of the club – we’re not a Burnley.
He may not be given a huge budget but Dyche has still spent a fair whack over his time in charge and while they are a good bet to survive this season, they’re not exactly the most exciting team to watch with a measly 25 goals from 31 games.
In comparison, this Leeds side under Bielsa is a thrilling watch with 49 Premier League goals and stars like Raphinha capable of the spectacular.
Dyche needs to focus on his own club and leave the money talk to the big boys.
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