CHARLIE Taylor said Sean Dyche’s reputation for developing and improving players was a ‘big pull’ in making the move to Burnley in the summer.
The left-back joined the club after 14 years at Leeds United as man and boy but he has had to be patient in waiting for his Premier League debut.
That arrived from the bench during Tuesday’s win over Stoke City and he is set for a first start at Brighton with Stephen Ward battling a knee injury.
Taylor has had praise from Dyche ringing in his ears this season, despite his limited involvement, with the Clarets chief stressing the 24-year-old was developing behind closed doors.
He can now look to put that into practice and said the improvement in the likes of Michael Keane, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and others was a major attraction in joining the club.
“That was a big pull. The management as well,” Taylor said.
“Burnley are becoming an established Premier League club, so that was a big draw. The manager here has one of the best reputations for producing young players and bringing them through.”
Dyche has been at pains to praise Taylor this season despite the left-back having to play second fiddle to Ward, and the former Leeds man said those words had helped him overcome his frustrating start to his Turf Moor career.
“That gave me a boost as well. It’s quite hard. You do get down a bit,” he said.
“When you see that, it does boost your confidence, and gives you hope.”
Taylor believes he has improved at Burnley for his work at the Barnfield Training Centre and he said he had noticed an immediate jump in the quality and intensity of training when he arrived at the start of pre-season.
“I really noticed it,” he said. “The step up in quality hit me straight away. Not just the quality of it, but the fitness and the intensity.
“The intensity’s probably the biggest one, and you’ve got to adapt quickly.
“You’re training with better players and it’s better quality, so you’re improving every day. There’s a step up in the fitness and just all round really.
“Training’s a lot harder. It’s a step up in standards. You improve with it.”
Taylor is now hoping his run in the team can help to pile the pressure on Ward.
Dyche has always insisted players in form will keep their shirt and Matt Lowton, fit to return this weekend, could face a fight to get his place back from Phil Bardsley.
“I think the manager’s fair here. He picks the players on form,” Taylor said.
“Tarky’s a great example, and there are many more. Popey’s come in and done brilliantly. It gives players out of the team hope to look at them and sets an example.”
Source : LancashireTelegraph