Vincent Kompany admits there is work for Burnley to do in the transfer market despite the Clarets completing their 10th signing of the summer this week.
Manuel Benson became the latest addition but more senior players left Turf Moor than arrived with Maxwel Cornet set to complete his move to West Ham. This agreement would bring the number of departures to 13 and Kompany wants to at least break even on this point.
The Turf boss is pursuing other attacking additions but is willing to take a calculated risk and not bring in a proven centre-forward, instead believing the Clarets can share the goals. Further attacking additions are sought after, while Burnley are also looking for additional experience in the centre-half.
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And Kompany expects to be busy by the end of the month, saying this week the club had more plates in rotation than they could count. The boss would like to add at least three more players to his ranks in the coming weeks to provide the competition he wants across the squad.
“If you had a ghost squad on your logbook you would see quite easily where the gaps are, as long as we are not doubled we will look to recruit,” said the boss. “If we lose a player in a position, and that’s the discussion we had after Dwight left (McNeil left for Everton), sometimes you have to lose a player to bring three out of four, which is our case.
“It’s not too hard to guess where we need players. We’ve lost bodies and we need at least as many bodies through the door as we’ve lost.
“For that reason, the easiest way to put it is that until I have two players in each position who I think can compete for the whole season, we will not be satisfied, we will continue.”
The obvious gap for the Clarets is up front with Ashley Barnes and the injured Jay Rodriguez the only two senior center forwards. This prompted a slight reshuffling in Huddersfield of the 4-2-2-2 favorite with Dara Costelloe drafted to play wide on the right.
But Kompany doesn’t think a proven striker is a necessity, instead looking for enough goalscorers in the squad to participate and emphasizing chance creation.
“It’s not easy to score goals, but what you try to do is create chances,” the manager said. “We had 17 shots, I think, last game.
“It’s about creating chances, if you create five chances per game maybe that’s more of a problem. Then you rely on people to make every single one of them count. Throughout the season , if you create a lot of chances, then it is possible to share the goals.”
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