George Boyd could prove the bargain of the summer for Burnley

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Despite a very successful season in the Championship last season, many people have already tipped Burnley to get relegated after just one year back in the Premier League.

The Clarets were one of the standout teams in England's second division last campaign earning automatic promotion after finishing second in the league behind Leicester City.

So far this season in the top-flight, they have lost two and drawn three of their first five fixtures placing them in the relegation zone.

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Burnley could survive

However, despite an edgy start to life back in the Premier League, Burnley may survive the drop due to a number of new signings brought in this summer by manager Sean Dyche.

One of those signings is Scotland international George Boyd, who joined the club from rivals Hull City on deadline day. Burnley snapped him up for just £3 million to make him their ninth and final signing of the summer.

The 28 year-old was in a similar situation when at Hull, who were themselves about to experience their first season back in the Premier league just like Burnley this year.

Even though Hull were tipped to get relegated, they defied the odds and finished 16th, qualifying for the Europa League after reaching the FA Cup final.

Boyd quality

Boyd played a big part in that success, scoring two and providing many assists for his teammates.

For £3 million, Sean Dyche could have brought a young, upcoming talent for Burnley this season, but his decision to bring in a more experienced player in Boyd could be vital come the end of the season.

A player who makes a large impact on games whether it be throughout the full 90 minutes or off the bench, Boyd has made some kind of positive mark at every club he has been at.

After making his competitive career debut for then Conference side Stevenage Borough, the playmaker went on to make his name for Peterborough United.

Over the course of six years with Peterborough - and a loan with a loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2010 - Boyd soon became a legend for the club, playing 297 games and scoring 75 goals.

A move to Hull followed in 2013 despite interest from the likes of Crystal Palace and Forest.

His form didn't go unrecognised on the international stage either. A debut for Scotland followed last year to cap off a brilliant couple of seasons for Boyd.

He can play behind the striker, as the striker or on the wing, so it is clear he is going to be a key player in the Burnley side this year.

With his Premier league experience as well as his natural talent, Burnley's Boyd could prove to be one of the bargains of the season.

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