A bit about BurnleyFounded in 1882
Play at Turf Moor – 22546 all seated.
Founders of football league – originally a rugby club!
First promoted to the Premier League in 2009
Sean Dyche is the current longest serving manager in the Premier League having been at Burnley for nearly 9 years.
Trophy Cabinet2x Premier Division (or equivalent)
1x FA Cup
3x Championship (or equivalent)
1x League One (or equivalent)
2x Community Shield
1x League Two (or equivalent)
1x Anglo Scottish Cup
Survival SpecialistsBurnley have been in the Premier league for 5 consecutive seasons, 7 in total. The two previous stints saw them relegated after one season each occasion. Manage Sean Dyche has instilled a survivor's mentality at the club which has seen them survive the trap door with varying degrees of safety each time.
Despite being labelled as a long ball team they work within their means and their strengths and do not always go route one and even if this was the case it proves to work to their favour and why they remain in the division.
Their play is built on hard work in defence and always make things difficult for the opposition. It is this grit and determination which actually makes Sean Dyche a technically astute manager – many have come and gone in the Premier League because they do not possess the ability to grind out points where necessary which has become part of Burnley's trademark in the division.
Even more impressive especially given that the last couple of seasons they have been late in getting a first win of the season making it just that much harder for themselves.
Their best player arguably is their Goalkeeper Nick Pope whom has been called up to the England squad on several occasions. He has kept a total of 38 clean sheets in his 113 Premier League appearances to date, impressive stats meaning 1/3 of games is a shut out for a team that tends to be at the foot of the table.
He also makes a lot of saves during many games and this also makes him a decent candidate within Fantasy Football teams often scoring a higher portion of points for doing so.
Another key factor is having most games the same back four especially the same centre back partnership of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.
Many managers have discussed the importance of finding and sticking with a good pairing in this area and Burnley have had the two of them together for the best part of the last 6 seasons.
Both men have approximately 60% tackle succession within all of their games within the Premier League which is a decent rate for a lower ranking team but they are both leaders and committed to the cause which Burnley will hope again to keep them in the division for another season.
Faithful systemSean Dyche primarily and for the large majority of his tenure with Burnley in the Premier League sets them out with a 4-4-2 formation which you do not see often at all at the top level – a throw back to two bigger forwards up top that work hard for the team in and out of possession.
Whilst it does work for them ultimately - the slight issue is that neither striker tend to post significant enough numbers and the lack of goals is always a continual issue. The hardest part of the game is to score goals and this is something that Burnley really could address.
That being said at least you cannot fault the usual pairing of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes whom always do put in a shift and assist in pressing and tracking back throughout the game – effort is always appreciated by the fans but at some point they surely need to upgrade as continually spurning chances could cost them most dearly.
The TakeoverIn late 2020 – Burnley had the majority of their shares taken over by ALK Capital unfortunately this has not resulted in many transfers at the club or too much additional investment, in fact the way the takeover is structured is similar to that of the Glazers with Manchester Utd and Burnley technically are in debt though it is not thought to be too negative.
Fans however would have hoped for a bit more investment in the first team. They have made one major addition with Maxwel Cornet signed from Lyon in the summer, he has unfortunately been injured and taken time to adapt but the short time he has had on the pitch looks encouraging (3 goals in 4 starts)!
If he can maintain fitness and work in tandem to other talented winger Dwight McNeil Burnley should be able to defy the odds again and fight another season in the Premier League.
Fans will still hope for some more additions in January – the board have said that investment can be made but must maintain their financial structure.
So Why Manage Burnley in FM22?I have actually tested quite a few tactics with Burnley and even top rated ones struggle to achieve much success consistently at least with the team that you start the game with. A big challenge with Burnley is to just do fairly well consistently or even just keeping them in division.
FM21 has been the most challenging to date if you are a weaker team in any league, whilst eventually match mechanics are worked out and obviously being a game there are tactics which can work the game is cutting the gap against just being able to load up and win the league with an underdog within a season or two.
As mentioned I have tested tactics which haven't worked with them at all and have found them relegated with those tests and when testing with other teams they have gone down on their own accord with the AI.
Looking at the Premier League at the moment doesn't suggest the players will be largely improved attribute wise and past survival will likely not influence this being much different in 22 meaning just staying up may be as impressive as when they actually achieve it in real life.
It will be more impressive if you can create a strong defensive structure whilst staying up or even beating the media prediction.
It may be even more important in FM22 to make the most of set plays so creating chances from these may just be the difference making the most of yours and stopping the opposition's.
Unfortunately with FM21 it is quite difficult to get results playing with non gegen pressing or tika-taka systems making Burnley's wing play or direct style hard to implement for those who love realistic simulations of the game.
Trying to get their normal style to work in FM22 would quite possibly be a true work of genius if these two styles remain the strongest two styles once again.
Changing their image around from a direct style could be another route to explore, recruitment may not be easy because of their reputation and without being given a large budget, getting those more technical players may be more difficult and take several seasons to change the team into a better style of play.
Getting the forwards to score is going to be a priority if you are unable to keep the defence tight and cannot get the set pieces right, the top clubs share the goals around sure but they have forwards who get 15-20+ goals per season – Burnley's do not always reach this target with both forwards and this will be an urgent area to sort and quickly can you get the best from them or is it time to bring in someone or some strikers who can?
If you can't get the current two firing then you'll need to get Cornet to contribute like he has been doing but it is going to be difficult relying on one player- Burnley truly are an interesting challenge with so many areas that could prove as pit-falls.
So there we go Burnley are an enigma in that they've been in the Premier League for a number of years and survive through trust in the manager and dogged determination but possibly by now there should have been improvements enough to make survival not their only aim, recent years have seen promoted clubs come up and take the league by storm more than Burnley have after several seasons. Are they the ideal candidates for a conversion?
Steeped in history but with a reputation which may or may not be fair but one thing we can agree on is that should you take them over you should have loyal players and maybe you can make Turf Moor your 'Happy place'.
*Information, stats, positions correct as of 24.10.2021*