Burnley’s win over Brentford provided the first three Premier League points of the season and ended a long wait for a top-level home win.
The Clarets were at their best in the first half to overthrow the Bees and ultimately register a 3-1 victory against Thomas Frank’s side.
Sean Dyche chose to play Maxwel Cornet alongside Chris Wood up front and return to 4-4-2 after playing 4-5-1 in the previous two games.
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The change paid off as Burnley rushed to victory.
We look at the winners and losers of the selection change
Unmistakably Burnley’s first choice striker and while we all knew his recent poor form had been a source of concern and debate.
Dyche had no illusions the Kiwi would come along and pitched him against Brentford alongside Cornet and Wood with a scoring goal early and his best performance of the season.
The 29-year-old has scored regularly in groups during his Clarets career as he is often good in the second half of seasons, so the club’s and player’s hope will be that there is more to come. .
Playing up front seems to suit the 25-year-old at the moment.
His defensive conscience has been somewhat on display at Southampton and playing further forward allows the summer signing to operate in dangerous areas and use his pace and technique in the final third.
There were signs of this at Man City where he was an outside ball and a real threat and against Brentford it seemed to work perfectly.
In the long run, Cornet could find a place elsewhere in the squad, but for now, starting him as a striker seems a certainty.
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Back to the side as Dyche sought a natural balance with the XI and the Icelandic international could and perhaps should have scored twice against the Bees.
The Clarets chief knows exactly what Gudmundsson is offering and can be trusted to cover his fair share of defensive ground.
While he might not be at the top of his game right now, he has the ability to get through opposition as his pace of work and familiarity with the right-sided role provides security.
Restored to his natural home on the left where, like JBG, Dyche knows he will offer a forward threat as well as a willingness to work defensively.
Perhaps the only thing the 21-year-old has to offer more are goals and with Cornet ahead of him there are signs the pair could team up wisely.
McNeil has often been viewed as the team’s creative force, but Cornet’s arrival takes some of that pressure off and perhaps the youngster can thrive as an alternate option while constantly nurturing the leaders with his superb crossover.
The introduction of a five-man midfielder had seen Cork enter the fray, but Dyche opted for Josh Brownhill and Ashley Westwood against Brentford, confirming the England international to a selection as third pick at center park.
Opportunities are still likely to present themselves for the 32-year-old this season, but he is no longer an automatic choice.
Has not started a Premier League game since day one of the season.
Injury may have deprived him of an opportunity at Leicester after four goals in the Carabao Cup win over Rochdale, but the Burnley-born striker now faces a tough demand to get back into the top-pick. .
At the end of the contract at the end of the season, the player and the club are faced with a big decision on what to do next.
Enjoyed a spell in the side last season and sought to form a partnership for the future with Wood.
But a late return to setup after his efforts in the European Championship along with some minor injury issues have meant he still hasn’t been able to put together a series of starts this quarter.
He came off the bench this weekend, a sign that Dyche recognizes the attributes of the Czech Republic striker, but falls victim to Cornet’s continued brilliance.
Seems to have slipped to fourth choice now.
Was not able to contribute as much as he would like when selected and with Cornet and Vydra offering alternatives up front and Rodriguez as a similar option, it’s hard to see where a race is coming from. the team for the 32-year-old.
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