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Meet The New Boys: Burnley

Burnley enjoyed a somewhat surprising ascent into the top flight after finishing second to Leicester in the Championship. Sean Dyche has done quite the job to get Burnley back into the Premier League, but keeping them there will be a whale of a task.

Chris Brunskill

Burnley is back in the Premiership for the first time since 2009-10, but the Lancashire side are no strangers to top flight football.

Burnley marched back to the BPL under the stewardship of 43-year-old Sean Dyche, who took over at Turf Moor in 2012. The former Chesterfield skipper turned Burnley into a defensive machine last season, allowing just 37 goals against in 46 games last season.

Dyche is once again going to have to rely heavily on his backline if Burnley want to avoid a second straight one-and-done campaign in the Premier League.

That defense corps is headlined by Kieran Trippier, a product of Manchester City's youth system. Despite interest from Arsenal, the 23-year-old has re-upped with Burnley on a new multi-year contract. Trippier figures to be in the conversation for England's Euro 2016 side after being named to Championship's PFA Team of the Year in each of the last two seasons.

The Clarets were guided back to the top flight by skipper Jason Shackell. Despite only 11 games worth of top flight experience, Shackell's been around English Football for over a decade.

Burnley's last line of defense is goalkeeper Tom Heaton. The former Manchester United youth product had a terrific 2013/14 campaign for The Clarets and will look to build on that as he begins his first season in top flight football.

Up top Burnley plays through Danny Ings. The young talisman joined Trippier on the PFA Team of the Year after netting 21 goals for Burnley last season. Also like Trippier, Ings was the subject of transfer rumors this summer, but instead opted to stay put at Turf Moor.

Burnley has been fairly active during the transfer season, bringing in some Premier League experience in the form of Matthew Taylor and Steven Reid. Additionally, former Everton man Lukas Jutkiewicz was brought into Burnley from Middlesbrough this summer.

Burnley aren't going to impress anyone with their style of play, instead opting for a rigid defensive style. Whether or not Dyche's success at the Championship level will translate into BPL success remains to be seen.