Deary backs the Clarets to stave off the drop

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Former Claret John Deary has backed Burnley to stay up.

The amiable Scouser believes Sean Dyche’s men are well equipped to stave off the drop this time in the Premier League.

And the Vintage Clarets skipper said: “I think they’ve started well. Sean Dyche always sets his team up as tough to beat with a strong defence, and Michael Keane in particular performing really well. I think they will stay in the Premier League comfortably.

“One thing you know you’re going to get with Burnley is that they will be difficult to beat, and if teams aren’t on their game, the Clarets will be able to get points. They realise they need to scrap and get points to stay above the line.”

And Deary believes Keane will be a future England starter, after his first taste of the senior squad for last week’s World Cup qualifiers with Malta and Slovenia: “Michael is on top of his game at the moment and when players are like that, you have to utilise them. I would like to see him start for England as he’s one for the future.

“He’s proven he can perform in the Premier League and he’s come in to his own this season, so the next logical step is to play for his national team.

“It’s important to stay at Burnley for his development, despite interest from the big clubs.

“He’s got a great manager in Sean Dyche and, at a team like Burnley, he’ll have lots of opportunities to deal with defensive situations.

“I think going to another club now wouldn’t be right for him. There’s no harm in staying at Burnley for the rest of the season.”

Deary was speaking to bwin: sports.bwin.com/en/news/football-betting/premier-league/john-deary-burnley-sean-dyche-andre-gray-michael-keane,115265.html