The 2016-17 Premier League season is inching closer and all the teams are actively involved in the preparation to the new season. While the big boys of the league are sharpening up for what seems to be an exciting league season, the newly promoted trio will be determined to keep hold of their Premier league status. The dramatic rise of Leicester City will definitely be an inspiration to the sides, but the competitive nature of the league will definitely push the sides to the extremes.
We take a closer look at the teams who are making the step up from the Championship for the season and will see who all have the firepower to stake a claim for survival and a few surprises this season.
Manager: Sean Dyche
Captain: Tom Heaton
Key Player: Andre Gray
Sean Dyche has led the Clarets back to the Premier League after spending just one season in the Championship following their relegation in the 2014-15 season. Burnley were the first team ensured of promotion after they won the Championship with a game to spare. And a final day comprehensive victory over Charlton ensured that Burnley won the Championship with a margin of 4 points. They were unbeaten on 23 occasions in the season, conceding just 35 goals. There were question marks over the attacking prowess of the side following the transfer of Danny Ings to Liverpool last season. But they found a perfect replacement in Andre Gray who finished the campaign as Burnley’s and the League’s top scorer.
The English striker netted 25 for Burnley in the season which also included a hat-trick against Bristol City. The team will be counting on the attacking capabilities of Gray in the Premier League who will be supported by Welshman Sam Vokes. Vokes was the second top scorer for Burnley netting 16 times in all competitions.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the pitch, the responsibilities will be on the shoulders of goal-keeper and club captain Tom Heaton. The former Manchester United shot-stopper is coming into the Premier League on the back of an impressive Championship campaign where he and his defence had 20 clean sheets to show for.
This tally was the second highest in the championship behind the fellow promoted side Middlesborough. But Heaton and his defence will know that much bigger and tougher challenges await them in the elite league this season. And this has prompted Sean Dyche into bringing in newer recruits like Jon Flanagan, who arrives on a loan deal from Liverpool.
Having been one of the founder members of the old Football League, Burnley would be hoping for a much longer stay than what they had last time out in the Premier League.