Sean Dyche trusts 'outstanding' player as Ings replacement


The Burnley boss is convinced that Marvin Sordell can replace Danny Ings, with the latter set for a lengthy injury layoff.

Sordell joined the Clarets this summer for a fee of £500,000, less than a sixth of what Dyche received when he sold the forward as Watford manager.

The pair enjoyed a productive spell in Hertfordshire, with Sordell’s seven-month spell under Dyche still his most productive goal-scoring period. A £3.2 million move to Bolton proved fruitless for the then-England under-21 international, who netted eight times in 29 appearances as he struggled to guarantee a first-team spot.

A loan spell with Charlton last season appeared to put the 23-year old back on track, and Dyche willingly welcomed the youngster to Turf Moor this summer.

He played just over 45 minutes in Saturday’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace, replacing Danny Ings, who left the field with an injury - one that could keep him out for an extended period of time.

However, Dyche is not concerned about the loss of 2014 Championsip Player of the Year Ings, with ‘under the radar’ Sordell more than ready to take up the goalscoring pressure.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “Marvin is definitely one under the radar.

“He’d had a tough time at Bolton and we’re trying to get him to breathe again because I had him as a young player at Watford and he was outstanding.

“He showed signs, it’s just that little bit of belief in himself and it will come, with the work we do with him on the training ground and in the group we’ve got.

“There were some good signs, some good moments from him.”

Sordell netted three times for the Clarets in pre-season, but is one of four strikers yet to find the back of the net this season. Despite having conceded just four goals this season - three of which came during their opening fixture against a rampant Chelsea - the Clarets have scored just once - leaving them in the relegation places.

If Sordell can rediscover the form Dyche witnessed at Watford, he may just be the man to ease their goal-scoring woes.

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