Sport 2 Burnley dilemmas facing Vincent Kompany ahead of Huddersfield clash
Vincent Kompany wants to take new-look Burnley back to the big time
Kompany's Clarets will have a very different look from the Sean Dyche model of old when they kick off the Championship season against Huddersfield on Friday night. Following relegation, nine players aged 29 or over have departed, along with £20million defender Nathan Collins, while interest remains in Maxwel Cornet and Dwight McNeil.
get their return underway on Friday night when they face Huddersfield Town.
It will be the beginning of a new era for the club, with Vincent Kompany having been appointed as the latest permanent manager at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche spent the previous 10 years in the post, so it will be quite the sight to see somebody else on the touchline in Burnley garb at the John Smith Stadium.
Given the several squad changes that have taken place over the summer, this will also likely be a new look side that takes to the pitch on Friday evening.
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Vincent Kompany enjoyed a winning start to life as a Championship manager as his new-look Burnley side beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the opening match of the 2022/23 season.The Manchester City legend replaced Sean Dyche at Turf Moor in June after three years at Anderlecht and watched on as debutant Ian Maatsen coolly swept in the opener after just 18 minutes.
Here we look at two dilemmas facing Kompany ahead of his debut as Clarets manager…
Maxwel Cornet & Dwight McNeil selection
Cornet and McNeil were important members of the first team squad under Dyche last season in the Premier League.
But both have been the of intense transfer this summer, with top flight clubs circling their situation.
That could see Burnley look to bench both in order to keep the focus away from their transfer situations.
It may also be a big risk to start either player in the event that they get injured, which could be costly to their transfer activity.
While it’s certainly possible that both start, it may be the safer option to keep the attention away from them for the opening round of the new season.
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“There is a part of it that we have lost a huge core of the team without really making money."Ivory Coast striker Cornet is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Everton and West Ham. But a transfer has yet to materialise ahead of Burnley’s date with the Terriers on Friday night.
Kompany deployed a 4-2-2-2 during his time at Anderlecht and it is likely that he will utilise similar tactics with the Clarets.
That will require a lot of work from midfield, which Burnley can work with given their many options in that area of the pitch.
New signings Josh Cullen, Scott Twine and Samuel Bastien will be looking to compete with the likes of Jack Cork, Josh Brownhill and even potentially Ashley Phillips for a place in the starting lineup.
Finding the right combination of holding and more advanced midfielders will also be a challenge for Kompany.
There are a lot more possibilities here than up front or in defence, where the starting lineup should be fairly obvious at this stage.
Huddersfield Town take inspiration from rugby league’s Leeds Rhinos in developing academy pathways .
Terriers academy staff have been at the Rhinos' Kirkstall training ground as part of a collaborative project between the two sidesThe collaboration was organised by Academy Psychologist Ross Shand, who works for both Town and the Rhinos, and is the first of two sessions that will give staff a chance to bounce ideas off each other. A second meeting is due at Huddersfield’s Canalside training ground in the near future.