Chris Coleman hails Burnley hitman Sam Vokes

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The Wales manager has hailed the impact of Sam Vokes on the Clarets' promotion charge, and says he is Premier League ready.

Burnley have been on a sparkling run of form in the Championship that has seen them rocket to the summit of the table.

A run of 15 Championship games unbeaten has included 11 wins, and Vokes, 26, has been a pivotal figure.

He missed the entirety of the 2014/15 season with Burnley in the Premier League due to a knee injury, and the Welshman will be determined to have a second bite at the cherry in what will be his fifth season with the club.

Welsh manager Chris Coleman told BT Sport:

"For Sam, he missed that season with his knee injury in the Premier League. I think he sees it now as wanting to make up for that season. Burnley have a great chance of being promoted and if they do I don't see Sam being a third-or-fourth-choice striker."

"I think he's good enough to play in the Premier League. He's a different type if you think of Premier League strikers, there's not many like Sam."

He went on to say how his aggression when attacking crosses gives his Welsh team an option they don't otherwise have:

"If we play to his strengths when he's on the pitch a little bit more in the last third, throw the ball into the box and trust him, he'll get on the end of a lot of crosses. He's very strong, very powerful, has good timing and when he's at his best and his fittest he's a handful for any centre-back."

"He's doing a great job there. Sam Vokes, on his day, can cope in the Premier League."

Coleman's glowing assessment will give Vokes a huge confidence boost as he looks to fire Burnley back to the Premier League. 

With no Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey in the Welsh squad for their friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine, Coleman will be hoping that his star striker can bring his club form with him to the international stage.

Vokes' 14 goals this season have included a run of six goals in his last seven games.

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