Dyche keeping open mind to system

Dyche keeping open mind to system

Sean Dyche says he has not abandoned the 4-4-2 formation which served Burnley well last season and could revert to that system.

Following the signings of Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick during the summer, Dyche has opted to change the shape of the team to accommodate the new arrivals, as well as Dean Marney, to a 4-2-3-1.

The new system has reasonably worked well, the Lancashire outfit defeating Watford 2-0 before going agonisingly close to taking a point from the meeting with Arsenal before the international break.

Although happy to stick with the current formation, Dyche says he is keeping in mind a return to the 4-4-2 system that he used during Burnley's march to promotion last season, claiming it depends on the personnel available to him.

"I like 4-4-2 because the best form of defending is to attack. If you've got two productive centre forwards then it's a good way of playing," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"There's still flexibility in it. I don't think 4-4-2 is old fashioned at all, it's probably never been more modern when it's played correctly."

"I've always been a believer in looking at the group and how that can fit in a system that can work," said Dyche.

"With Defour and Hendrick in particular they’ve played a lot in a three so they’ve got a good understanding of when to press, when to sit in, when to come out and join in with the forward play and when to break the back line.

"I've got to be flexible in my thinking, look at the group and how we can adapt that to be competitive at least."

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