Friday 20


Dyche explains Mee call

15th August 2019, 11:57

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his choice of Ben Mee to be the club’s new captain was an easy one for him to make.

Dyche was in need of a new club skipper with the departure of keeper Tom Heaton to Aston Villa for £8m in the summer.

The Clarets boss was always going to lose one of his top-flight keepers and with Heaton the oldest of the three at 33, and heading into the final year of his contract at the club, he was the one to go.

It also helped that their was a big-money offer, thought to be around £8m from newly-promoted Aston Villa, so his sale became a no-brainier.

Villa opened their account in the Premier League with an away defeat at Tottenham.

Nick Pope appears to be the new number one with Joe Hart on the bench but the departure of Heaton left a space as skipper.

Mee was always the obvious first choice for the boss as he was handed the armband for the past season and a half whilst Heaton was out injured so giving it him back was an easy decision.

“Let’s face it, Ben has been captain for a season before, and a half a season last season, so I don’t think that is a big drama,” Dyche said.

Mee started his spell as skipper keeping a clean sheet in the comfortable home win over Southampton at the weekend where he partnered James Tarkowski in the heart of the defence.

Dyche had special praise for the way his other first-choice centre-half Tarkowski has handled himself this summer after he was linked with a multi-million pound move away from the club.

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was keen to land a new centre-half after selling Harry Maguire to Manchester United for a record £80m.

One of the players he was linked with was Tarkowski and there was talk of a £40m move but the Clarets were in no mood to sell one of their star men and refused to bring the reported asking price down so the deal never materialised.

Dyche was pleased to keep the player at Turf Moor and was quick to praise the defender for remaining calm and focused whilst all the speculation was swirling around him.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Tarky deserves a big mention, there has been a lot of noise outside of our camp, but to stay focused on the job, I have total respect for him.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

More Burnley


Pieters backing Burnley to slay “giant-killers”

20th September 2019, 13:48

Burnley defender Erik Pieters says he expects his side to give Norwich a tough game on Saturday at Turf Moor.


Burnley v Norwich City Team News

20th September 2019, 10:47

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hinted at changes as his side go in search of their second win of the Premier League season when they host Norwich City on Saturday.


Clarets lucky to have loyal leader

19th September 2019, 14:42

Loyalty is a rarity in football nowadays but Burnley can count themselves lucky to have a man with that attribute at the helm.


Young keeper must bide his time at Burnley – Dyche

19th September 2019, 12:46

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been impressed with summer signing Bailey Peacock-Farrell but has warned the youngster he will have to bide his time at the club.


Clarets can’t afford to ease off – Cork

18th September 2019, 12:32

Jack Cork has urged Burnley to keep working hard as they look to build on a positive start to the 2019-20 campaign.


Boss explains midfielder exit

18th September 2019, 12:32

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has explained the reasons behind the sale of Steven Defour after he made his debut in Belgium over the weekend.

Recent Sport Headlines

Leeds United

Alioski talks up Whites ability

20th September 2019, 14:54

Leeds United utility star Ezgjan Alioski feels that if his side plays up to their high standards they will overcome promotion hopefuls Derby County on Saturday.

Manchester United

Owen backs Greenwood for England

20th September 2019, 14:50

Former Manchester United and England forward Michael Owen says Mason Greenwood is destined to play for the Three Lions.

Sheffield Wednesday

Monk determined to get the best out of Forestieri

20th September 2019, 14:50

New Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says he hopes to be able to help Fernando Forestieri rediscover some consistency in front of goal.

Hull City

Grosicki wants answers on long-term Hull City future

20th September 2019, 14:48

Kamil Grosicki says he is ready to talk about a new contract with Hull City and wants to begin negotiations soon after entering the last 12 months of his deal.


Pieters backing Burnley to slay “giant-killers”

20th September 2019, 13:48

Burnley defender Erik Pieters says he expects his side to give Norwich a tough game on Saturday at Turf Moor.


Kerber gets win after outlasting Keys

20th September 2019, 13:46

Angelique Kerber reached the semi-finals of Pan Pacific Open on Friday after Madison Keys retired due to injury early in the final set.

Tottenham Hotspur

Pochettino – Too early to compare top-six rivals

20th September 2019, 13:22

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino feels it's too early to talk about the top-six contenders in the Premier League with the new season only five games old.

Derby County

The Spygate derby returns

20th September 2019, 13:20

The dust might well have settled after the ‘Spygate’ saga from last season but it’s soon to be blown right back up as Leeds United prepare to host Derby County