The Premier League encountered many great achievements during the 2017/18 season with Champions Manchester City smashing multiple league records, newly promoted clubs Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton all managed to keep safe in the top flight but arguably the most impressive yet relatively unaccredited achievement should go to the huge overachievers in Burnley.
Making history: Burnley pulled off a club record finish in the Premier League, finishing 7th
A Golden Ticket to The Europa League
You read it right, The Clarets will be joining big names such as Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan in the 48th year of the competition. Burnley could well fancy themselves to leave their stamp on the European stage too, especially when they invite teams to the noisy Turf Moor. This place doesn’t host the delicate pitch of Stamford Bridge or welcome the familiar sight of a classy San Siro.
An Irresistible Manager
Sean Dyche – how can you not love this guy? The Claret and Blue’s gaffer has won-over just about every heart of the Nation, a charismatic yet very well organised manager who has been through thick and thin with the Lancashire lads. He has steered his side to a hugely respectable 7th place, topping the likes of Everton and 2015/16 league winners Leicester City, with limited resources and a particularly low budget.
A Breath of Fresh Air
We could probably all agree Sean Dyche’s men aren’t the prettiest of sides, but they’ve undeniably been a revelation to the Premier League, demonstrating that money isn’t quite everything. They impressed by bringing youth through to the first team and staying well clear of the financial fair play rule. This is a side which could seriously go on to cement a regular top half finish in the Premier League, proving that there are other ways to be successful.
Will Burnley be able to repeat their efforts of 2017/18 next season?