Having been to Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final, Quique Sanchez Flores' side have had quite a season in the top-flight, their first since 2006/07. Safely in lower midtable may be a little underwhelming now given their amazing form before Christmas, but the way they've gone about their business this season, mixing defensive stability with good passing football and clinical attacking play, is testament to the players and the manager.
They give hope to a number of Championship sides, who can take inspiration from their 2015/16 campaign. The changing make-up of the Premier League and looking like they might be 'next season's Watford' are Burnley.
Former Hornets boss Sean Dyche has the side purring at the moment, unbeaten since Boxing Day and have just secured promotion back up to the Premier League.
With more recent experience of top tier football than Watford had prior to their promotion, the Turf Moor outfit are in an even better position to emulate the success of their former Championship rivals. The squad has a good blend of youth and experience, including some that have prior Premier League know-how, as has the manager.
might not have the suave continental charm of
but he instils a similar amount of organisation, discipline and work-ethic amongst his players, delivered with equally gravel-toned inflection, all be it in a markedly different accent.
That's not to detract from the football though. Burnley far and away the top-scorers in the Championship and play some attractive, fast, free-flowing football alongside the team-work and close knit ethos at the club. Replace the names of
Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo
with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray,
and you have a similarly lethal pair of strikers, equally prolific in their output.
It's not just this season that the Watford pair have shone together, combining for over 40 goals in the Championship last time out. And Gray and Vokes seem on course to reach a similar goal return - the Welsh duo already have 31 between them. The Championship can be a tough and unforgiving league, but Burnley show that decent football can be played in combination with solidity and organisation and of course. Having two prolific strikers only helps the cause, too.
So where will Burnley need to strengthen for FMM17?
Flair in the final 3rd
I feel that although they have scored plenty of goals and broken down defences on a number of occasions throughout this season. I think if you were to chose to manager Burnley in FMM17 then you will need to add a different dimension to their game if they are to survive in the Premiership
I think it will be hard for Villa to try and keep hold of him and plenty of Premiership team will come in for the tricky winger. The fact that he can play in all position across the attacking 3rd and has great attributes in his Dribbling and Technique will help he find the gaps between the defence and help set up Gray and Vokes
They are going to need another option up top incase the lethal duo don't perform as well in the Premiership and this is the option I would pick. Great finishing, decisions along with strong physicals all bode well that he would suit the style of Burnley and the Premiership
Much like Grealish this player will add flair to their game and with his Dribbling, Movement and Pace he will sure cause plenty of defender problems.
Gray (on loan)
Not to sure how much he will feature for the Premiership Champions next season so it might be beneficial for both parties if he went out on loan. Burnley would be a great place for the young English lad to express his talent with his Dribbling, Creativity and Pace being something Burnley could use.
Strength in depth at the back
Will Keane and Mee be able to stop the likes of Costa, Vardy and Aguero? I think if they do decide to stick with their very successful back 5 (including the keeper) then they are still going to need player to offer depth to the squad or add another dimension.
This lad hs got great attributes. The key ones for me are his speed and strength along with his tackling and aerial attributes which make him a very well rounded defender but also one that can get back quick to cover and play the ball out from the back.
They should be able to pick him up on the cheap as Troyes are dropping down to Ligue 2 as of next season. He doesn't look much attributes wise but he is very well rounded and will definitely be a good squad player.
Another player they should be able to pick up fairly cheap they might need to change from their 4-4-2 formation throughout the season or even during games. Simao will be the perfect Ball winning midfielder for them has amazing positioning, decisions and stamina so you know that he can put in a shift for the whole 90 minutes shielding the defence from the oppositions attacks
Again they are going to need to add some depth to the team. Sidibe will also add a more attacking threat then Lawton with his Pace and Stamina he will be able to overlap on the right to help the team when going forward.
This young Brazilian doesn't look to much at the moment but I think he will definitely be a very strong squad player for Burnley. With good passing and technique he will offer again a more attacking left back and add a different dimension to Burnley game.
I think Leicester and Watford has shown that you don't need to buy big and make wholesale changes to stay and do well in the Premiership. QPR made this mistake buy spending money on Premiership player on the decline and it didn't work out for them.
If Burnley keep the squad as it is and just add more depth and have a Plan B if there 4-4-2 isn't working I can seem them having a very strong season.
Thank you as always for taking the time to read. Let me know your thought in how Burnley should buy.
And as always I will speak to you legends soon!