Dyche: Burnley star is 'excellent' despite goal drought

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Burnley have failed to score in 526 minutes of Premier League action, but Sean Dyche has praise Lukas Jutkiewicz’s performances as ‘excellent’.

The Clarets have yet to win a game this season, scoring just once against Chelsea, although three consecutive 0-0 draws have moved the Championship runners-up off the foot of the Premier League table.

With Sam Vokes missing the start of the season due to an injury sustained during the Championship campaign, manager Sean Dyche was dealt another blow when last season’s top scorer Danny Ings was ruled out for a number of weeks when removed from play during the game with Crystal Palace.

Summer arrivals Marvin Sordell and Lukas Jutkiewicz started Saturday’s game with Sunderland, and the latter impressed, lasting the full 90 minutes and being denied a penalty when brought to ground by Emanuele Giaccherini.

Despite failing to yet open his Premier League account, the former Everton man has been Burnley’s most creative player in the final third, with three shots on target and three key passes made in the Sunderland fixture, and Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph that he was delighted with the 25-year-old’s performance.

The manager said: “He was excellent, absolutely excellent.

“He’s a player that doesn’t do disappointments and we like that in him.

“He gets on with his job for the team and he is maturing as a player.

“He’s been around for a bit but he’s not that old and people forget that. He’s still learning and I thought he was absolutely top drawer on Saturday.”

Having progressed through the academies of Southampton and Swindon Town, the forward moved to Everton as an 18-year-old, but managed to make just one league appearance for the Toffees.

Permanent spells with Coventry and Middlesbrough were interjected with a number of short-term loan deals, and Jutkiewicz has never managed to settle at a particular club, scoring just 53 goals in 239 games over his career.

Whilst his lack of goalscoring has followed him into a Clarets shirt, Dyche is not worried about the forward finding the back of the net, claiming that his incredible work ethic will soon pay off when the goals start flowing.

“He was a real handful and when I was a centre half I wouldn’t have enjoyed playing against him, that’s for sure.

“A goal would have capped it off.

“He was terrific. One will come for him. He got six in pre-season so they are there.

“It’s an important part of our ethos and the culture we've got here now. Burnley fans will see people that give everything and I thought he was immaculate in his performance on Saturday.

“He fits in to the group physically and mentally. He’s got some talent and there were a couple of moments of fine play from him.

“He’ll settle in to the group even more and delivering performances like that will do him the world of good and it does us the world of good.”

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