Is Lukas Jutkiewicz good enough for the Premier League?

Burnley FC press room

New Burnley signing Lukas Jutkiewicz is set to be handed his chance in the Premier League this season.

A hotly tipped prospect at Swindon Town he cost Everton £1 million at the age of 17 in 2007 but was eventually sold to Coventry City after making just the solitary Premier League appearance for The Toffees.

Lukas Jutkiewicz now has another chance in the top flight after joining Burnley from Middlesbrough in a deal worth an initial £1.5 million. Having played in the Championship for the last four years, his goalscoring record hasn't exactly been prolific so it is surprising to see him make the step up to the Premier League.

At Coventry City in a struggling side he managed 18 goals in one and a half seasons before moving to Middlesbrough. In two seasons at The Riverside he scored ten goals before moving on loan to Bolton Wanders for the second half of last season. It was here where he enjoyed a promising spell that is likely to have caught the attention of Sean Dyche as he scored seven in 20 games.

Bolton were one of the clubs in the hunt for his permanent transfer this summer but Burnley have won the race due to their Premier League status. However he doesn't strike you as someone who has the ability to keep The Clarets up.

Of course their strike partnership of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes last season was one of the best in the country so you could argue there is no need to bring in anyone to disrupt that. Their current strike force also includes Ashley Barnes, and Marvin Sordell. The addition of Jutkiewicz brings the number of first-team strikers to five and Dyche is unlikely to add to that now.

If Burnley were in the Championship then they would have one of the best group of strikers in the league no doubt about it. All five of them could reach double figures in that league. However whether they can make the step up to the Premier League remains to be seen.

Dyche is making sensible decisions for his Burnley side, and is wisely not putting all his eggs in one basket by splashing out on a striker that may not work out and then a large portion of the transfer budget is wasted. He is making signings for relatively small fees and is taking into account the future of the club. If they are relegated in the next season then there would be no need to offload anyone on extortionate wages as things stand.

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