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​Dyche backs Tarkowski to replace Keane in Burnley defence

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is confident that James Tarkowski will be able to fill in the void left by the departure of Michael Keane this summer.

Despite the sale of key player Michael Keane to Everton this summer, Burnley did not sign a new central defender and Dyche has revealed that he is fully confident of young Tarkowski replacing the England international's void at Turf Moor this season.

Dyche said: "Defending is a dying art, and I think it's a massively important part of the game.You can ask coaches across the country, the one thing they're struggling for is defenders who can defend and want to defend.

"We've definitely worked on that with our centre halves, all of them, I know Tarky can play, we know we can play more than we did (on Sunday) as a collective, and he'll play his part in that.

"But his defending, the little details I look for in a defender, as with Keano, Ben Mee, Longy, even Duffo, we were still talking to him about details when he was 36, 37. I have a lot of belief in our defenders defending, and Tarky was a good show of that."

Sarad Bade Shrestha
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