Sean Dyche has revealed that his Burnley side are still adapting to life in the Premier League.
The ‘Ginger Mourinho’ defied all odds in getting the Clarets to top-flight last season, after they were tipped for relegation at the start of the campaign, and he admits that adapting to their new environment is taking a while.
Dyche says that although his squad are not verbally asking questions over their ability, there are still concerns in many members of the squad’s heads.
“They’re not literally questioning it [whether they deserve to be there] but it’s that emotional feeling,” he said to the Burnley Express.
“You sit on that knife-edge of success and abject failure."
“The more you play, the more confidence and belief you get you start shifting that balance in your favour - whatever you do in life, but never more so than in football because you are on show."
“On Saturday there were billions of people watching worldwide, so that takes a growth period I think, for some players. Others just hit the ground running."
“It’s discovering who does what.”
Burnley are yet to win in the Premier League so far this season and, as a result, the international break hasn’t come at a bad time for them to reflect on their progress.
The Lancashire outfit have had a tough start with fixtures against Chelsea and Swansea City to open, but their point against Manchester United last weekend has given them confidence that they can compete.
This positivity was boosted by the arrivals of George Boyd, Michael Keane and Nathaniel Chalobah on deadline day and the trio should add considerable quality to the squad.
When the action starts again, Burnley’s fixtures look slightly more winnable and a tie against Crystal Palace next Saturday represents a decent looking opportunity for them to get their three points of the season.