Stats: Burnley's Jason Shackell setting the tone in survival bid

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Burnley need everyone to play their part in a Premier League survival bid, and Jason Shackell has been doing his bit for the cause.

From the moment Burnley secured promotion to the Premier League critics were writing them off.

They have been relegation fodder since a ball was kicked in anger, with a hasty return to the Championship tipped by many.

The Clarets are made of stern stuff, though, and have responded positively to a shaky start among English football’s elite.

Success under Sean Dyche has been achieved with everyone pulling in the same direction, with collective effort required to deliver positive results.

That remains the case, with a frustrating winter transfer window failing to bolster the ranks at Turf Moor.

Dyche has full faith in those at his disposal, though, and will be delighted to see key men giving their all in the pursuit of top-flight consolidation.

  PlayerEffective Head ClearanceEffective ClearanceOutfielder BlockAppearancesMins Played
Premier League Jason Shackell 170 248 29 23 1,997
Premier League Curtis Davies 142 209 18 21 1,798
Premier League Steven Caulker 139 200 21 21 1,845
Premier League Wes Morgan 134 183 30 22 1,953
Premier League Ashley Williams 133 257 28 23 2,070
Premier League Winston Reid 125 198 21 22 1,865
Premier League Phil Jagielka 119 204 20 22 1,935
Premier League Martin Skrtel 118 209 23 20 1,800
Premier League Richard Dunne 103 162 21 16 1,338
Premier League Ryan Shawcross 100 161 21 22 1,932

Jason Shackell was always going to be a busy man for Burnley this season, with a step up in class pitching Burnley into direct competition with world-class opposition.

Danny Ings may have been the man stealing the headlines with his goal-scoring exploits, but those at the back are doing their bit as well.

Clean sheets have been thin on the ground, but that has not been for the want of trying.

Shackell has made more headed clearances than any other player in the division, while only Swansea City’s Ashley Williams has made more effective clearances overall and Leicester City’s Wes Morgan more blocks.

Burnley will need more of the same from their skipper on Sunday, with West Bromwich Albion – a side sat just two points above them in the table – due to pay a visit to Lancashire.

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