Joey Barton might play his final game for Burnley against Swansea this Saturday.
Having returned to Turf Moor in January, Barton faces an FA hearing into betting offences next week that could lead to a lengthy ban.
“I don’t think Joey Barton had to prove his worth, he had nothing to prove to me,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
“He might have had something to prove to himself and that is that he can still do it, but h e had nothing to prove to me. I’ve seen what he can and what he’s about. I make it clear, under my world at Burnley he’s been top drawer.
“I can’t talk about other people and other clubs he’s dealt with but around here he’s been absolutely top drawer.
“As a man, as a player, around the group and his performance, he’s been top drawer.”
Dyche is phlegmatic about the prospect of Barton being banned, a possibility the club made contractual provisions for and one the manager has not investigated too deeply.
“It was something to do with himself and the FA, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with that,”
“That’s for him and his team to take on with the FA and see how it comes out. I don’t fear anything, because I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“As much as we get on really well I don’t sit him down and go ‘what do you want to do? He’s his own man. He’ll make his own way.”