Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed Steven Defour’s impact since joining the Clarets this summer and is relishing the player’s part in a new system at Turf Moor.
Defour, who joined the newly-promoted side for £8m from Anderlecht, scored his first goal for the club in the draw against Hull earlier this month but is yet to complete 90 minutes this season.
Speaking ahead of Burnley’s match against Arsenal at Turf Moor, Dyche said: “Steven has done well.
“The biggest thing I talked to him about was the physicality of the Premier League. I don’t just mean the tackles, but the pace of the league and the physical demands.
“We’ve had to protect his body a bit when he’s come off but he’s adjusting to what we are as a group nicely and he’s getting stronger.”
“I’ve always made it clear that I like 4-4-2 because I think the best line of defence is to attack, and if you’ve got two centre-forwards – productive ones – it’s a good way of playing. I don’t think 4-4-2 is old fashioned.
“But you’ve got to be flexible with the group, and I think with Jeff Hendrick and Defour particularly, they’ve played a lot in a three and have a good understanding of how that works; when to press, when to sit in, when to get forward. We have to make sure we are competitive at least.”