Nkoudou Will Be Involved Against Palace - Dyche
Manager Sean Dyche has tipped Tottenham Hotspur loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to have an impact at both Burnley and in the Premier League.
Having come in on a loan spell from Spurs, Dyche said he would be involved in this weekend's game against Crystal Palace but you would expect that to be from the bench given the gaffer acknowledges he hasn't had a lot of game time and will probably need to be eased into things.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to discuss the upcoming game, Nkoudou's arrival featured heavily in the questioning and Dyche felt he just needed a chance to show what he could do.
'He hasn`t played a lot, but we believe he is a player who has pace, is direct and a bit unknown. I think Tottenham isn`t an easy team to break into, that`s for sure. He`s come in bright and vibrant and is keen to make a mark on the division, and not just on Burnley.'
Dyche went on to say of his character and attitude so far in training.
'He`s got a will and a demand to do well. He wants to make his mark over here and hopefully we`ll give him the chance to do that. We make it clear to anyone who comes here, whether signings or loans, they have to earn the right to play. He`s been told that and he`s more than happy to come in and be part of what we do.'
The 22 year old made the switch to Tottenham back in August 2016 for a reported £11million after impressing in his one season stay at Marseille and he has made 23 appearances for Spurs. He hasn't however made his Premier League bow and Dyche knows he has the advantage of largely being an unknown quantity.
Dyche also confirmed he tapped up Kieran Trippier for his impressions on him as well.
'We believe he`s fit and well and we know a bit about him from our scouts when he was in Marseille before he came over here. And beyond what we`ve seen and what we know, we spoke to Kieran. Kieran knows him well and has played with him for a while now. I spoke to Tripps more as a character reference, than his ability. He assured he wants to work hard, he wants to make a mark. He knows he will be in a good camp here because Tripps knows most of the players and will have assured him he will be well looked after and at least enjoy his time here. And hopefully he`ll deliver.'
With Palace up next at Selhurst Park, Dyche also said he would be travelling with the group.
Chris Wood and Stephen Ward have been ruled out, and Scott Arfield remains touch and go following his tweaked hamstring.