Burnley FC are back in the top flight of English Football, and it’s safe to say they are doing impressively well in the first two months of the Premier League season.
Burnley are currently 9th in the League only two places behind Arsenal. However the question is can Burnley stay in the top 10 for most of the season? Hull started well last year however they faded away dramatically and nearly got relegated in the end.
However going back about four to five seasons ago Wigan Athletic came up from The Championship and finished in an impressive 10th position. Also in the 06/07 season Reading were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their footballing history. That season they went two better than Wigan and finished 8th. However, probably the most successful club in the recent 21st century to get promoted is Ipswich Town back in the 2000/2001 season. Thinking back to that season when Ipswich were able to do so well in the Premier League, they ended up in 5th place in the top flight as they finished above the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle. So if the likes of Ipswich, Wigan and Reading can finish in the top ten there is no means why Burnley can’t do the same.
Burnley have been impressive this season so far anyway, however so have the other two promoted sides in Birmingham and Wolves. Birmingham and Wolves are respectively 11th and 12th in the Premier League, however Burnley who were promoted via the play-offs are two places above Birmingham.
It is early days and many pundits think that Burnley will collapse like Hull City did last season. As for Burnley not many teams beat the “big four” and on a correct point that is true. Burnley has played Liverpool at Anfield already this season, but they lost heavily against the Reds 4-0 as Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick in that game. Burnley also traveled down to London to play Chelsea at their home ground of Stamford Bridge, in that game Burnley were also beaten comfortably 3-0.
The real reason why the Clarets are in the top ten of the table is because of their home form. Burnley is yet to lose a game at Turf Moor this season, as they have already hosted the likes of Manchester United and Everton at their home ground. That stunning Wednesday evening against Manchester United will never be forgotten in Burnley history, as they shocked the Premier League Champions 1-0 at Turf Moor thanks to a great goal by Robbie Blake.
Burnley’s home form has also seen them beat Everton and Sunderland at Turf Moor. Burnley surpassed Everton to a 1-0 win at their home ground thanks to a stunning curling effort from Wade Elliott. Also you only have to think back to Saturday as Burnley stunned Sunderland at Turf Moor as they picked up their third win of the season. One goal from Graham Alexander and two from new loan signing David Nugent saw the Clarets overcome a tough Sunderland side 3-1.
However you can’t forget all about the manager who has brought so much success to the club, Owen Coyle. Coyle was named the manager of Burnley after they were granted permission from St Johnstone to appoint him. The former Motherwell legend was named as the manager of the month for the Championship in September 2008. Also last season he managed Burnley to a Semi Final cup run in the Carling Cup, as they beat three London clubs along the way. Firstly they overcame Fulham, and then knocked out Chelsea in an enthralling penalty shoot-out and they defeated Arsenal 2-0. However their run came to an end as Spurs toppled them in the Semi Finals of the Carling Cup in extra time of the second leg. The Burnley fans now grant Owen Coyle as god, as banners with “Owen Coyle is God” fill Turf Moor week in week out.
Before the season started Burnley had a very small squad, however Coyle and the Chairman Barry Kilby has bolstered the squad dramatically over the past two months. The Clarets have captured a number of defenders like Tyrone Mears, Andre Bikey and David Edgar. Also Fernando Guerrero, David Nugent and Steven Fletcher have also signed for the Lancashire club. On the other hand the only thing that worries me is their midfield, Chris McCann is now out injured and for me they need to bolster it with loan signings. It doesn’t look strong enough especially in the Centre of the Midfield. However can Burnley stay in the top ten this season? Can they repeat what Ipswich did all those years ago? Or will they toil off down the league and maybe even get relegated by the end of the season?
So far Owen Coyle and the players are doing a good enough job. Burnley will travel down to White Hart Lane for their next league game hoping for a decent result. All I want to say is I wish Burnley the best of luck for this season and hopefully they can stay in that lucrative top ten.
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