Sean Dyche has revealed he tried to sign James Tarkowski for just £300,000 in his early days as Burnley boss, but lost out to Brentford because the Clarets couldn’t afford the deal.
“It’s different levels of development. When we got him he’d played quite a bit of first team football, he’d been in a young team at Oldham,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“We monitored him. I wanted to sign him when I first got here, we couldn’t afford it, it was £300,000 and he went to Brentford.
“But I kept my eye on him because I liked him. I thought he had more. We had to pay 10 times the money for him when we got him but we kept developing him.”
Jack Tarkowski has had to wait for his first-team chance at Burnley, feeding off cup starts and appearances off the bench until his chance came this term following Michael Keane’s £30million move to Everton.
Dyche insists the defender was also developing behind the scenes, and he highlights Nick Pope’s form since coming into the team and Charlie Taylor’s development out of the spotlight as examples of that work.
“He had to sit and wait and work behind Ben (Mee) and Keano but he kept working, that’s the key thing,” Dyche said of Jack Tarkowski.
“Charlie Taylor is the next one. Nobody has really seen him yet but he’s progressing. Nick Pope working beyond Robbo and Tom Heaton last season and progressing. It’s a really appropriate way of a culture within a club.”