Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes new signing Joey Barton can play a important role for the Clarets during the remainder of the season.
Barton, who played for Dyche's side during their Championship title winning campaign of 2015-16, has re-signed for the club until the end of the season. He was named as
"He has shown that he wants to be part of it again. There are no guarantees of how much part he plays but he's in the pack,” Dyche confirmed. "It's a different level of football and he's got to earn the right to get a game first.
"He'll be well aware of that. The team is certainly going well enough on its own at the moment. But we feel he can be an important part of the squad.
"We know what we have learned over the last few years, that you do need a certain depth to the squad.
"We certainly haven't got the deepest squad by any means, certainly not in the Premier League, but you do need that depth and you need competition within your group."
Burnley take on Sunderland in their first FA Cup tie of the season, a game in which Barton is available to play in having served a one-match ban given by the Scottish FA for betting offences while playing for Rangers.