Tarkowski hoping tough summer pays off

24 July 2021 18:34:27 GMTPlus10

Defender James Tarkowski is confident a gruelling pre-season will bring the best out of Burnley as they try to improve on last term's 17th-place Premier League finish.

The Clarets finished just one place above the relegation zone last season and are 8/13 to stay up in 2021-22 and 6/5 to go down.

Boss Sean Dyche has added Nathan Collins, Wayne Hennessey and Jacob Bedeau to his ranks so far this summer as preparations continue for the new campaign.

Burnley's players have already been in training for several weeks, and they have won their first two pre-season friendlies against Salford City and Morecambe.

They face Oldham Athletic, a former club of Tarkowski's, in their next friendly on Saturday, before taking on Blackpool and Nottingham Forest in their remaining warm-up matches.

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Tarkowski says the players are enjoying pre-season and everyone is gearing up for the big kick-off.

He told the club's official website: "It's nice to be back. The lads look great, and looking forward to these games building up into the season.

"We're looking forward to getting back out there playing again, and it's another big season. It's our sixth season in the Premier League. We're not underdogs anymore.

"We're a Premier League team, and we need to push on and keep showing that."

Burnley will start the campaign against Brighton on 14th August, before travelling to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool on 21st August.

They will then tackle Leeds United, Everton and Arsenal in what is a difficult start for Dyche's men.

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