Burnley will struggle to stay in the Premier League

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After an elongated and treacherous struggle to return to the Premier League, things aren't looking bright for the survival of Sean Dyche's side.

The Clarets have just managed a mere four points with just under a quarter of the season gone and sit disappointingly at the bottom of the table.

A surprising point against Manchester United seemed had given Burnley a fillip after their lead was turned around against league leaders Chelsea and a dismal 1-0 loss to Swansea.

Since that point against the Red Devils, the Clarets seemed to go on a run of stalemates with back-to-back draws with Sunderland and Crystal Palace. However it is moments like those that occurred at Selhurst Park that can come back to bite you on the backside at the end of the season when you wonder why you've struggled.

Scott Arfield had the opportunity to steal the game with moments to go with a penalty but a sprawling Julian Speroni managed to save the spot kick, keeping their precious point intact.

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Poor form

Dyche's side then paid West Brom a visit but their trip to the Hawthorns will be wanted to be forgotten immediately by the Burnley faithful in a 4-0 battering.

But the Clarets then rescued themselves a vital point against fellow Premier League new boys Leicester courtesy of a cutely executed Ross Wallace free kick in virtually the last kick of the game.

But two consecutive 3-1 home defeats against West Ham and Everton have dampened Burnley's spirits as they look ahead to their next Premier League fixture, which fans may not be anticipating as much as they would have been a couple of weeks ago; a visit to the Emirates Stadium.

What next?

So what isn't working for Burnley? Maybe their style of play isn't fitting comfortably into the Premier League, which may force chairmen Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz to hold talks with manager Sean Dyche. Could a change of management be the way to go?

Alternatively, if the two men in charge of the club decide to keep Dyche, then the 43-year-old will most definitely be on the look out for improvements and replacements at Turf Moor. But a small transfer budget and lack of pulling power will make this difficult.

A bargain is what Dyche will be after, and it is not impossible to find one. Cast your mind back to Michu, who scored 18 goals in 35 goals for Swansea after completing a £2 million transfer. Then there is Diafra Sakho at West Ham, who cost only £3.5 million and has already scored six goals this season.

Can Burnley uncover the next gem?

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