4 Players Who Need a Strong End to the Season to Secure Their Future at Burnley

With just three months of the Premier League season remaining, struggling players must really start to stake their claims in order to be a part of their manager's plans next season.

Below is a list of five Burnley players who need a strong end to the season to secure their future under Sean Dyche.

4. Chris Long

22-year-old striker Chris Long has been regarded as one of Burnley's best prospects for some time.

Currently on loan at Northampton Town, Long has scored nine goals in 34 games for them so far this season.

However, at the age of 22, Long needs to make rapid progress if he is to get close to the Burnley first team anytime soon; especially with Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood on their books.

3. Anders Lindegaard

With two top goalkeepers in Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, it's almost impossible for 33-year-old Anders Lindegaard to break into the Burnley side.

He has not featured for the Clarets at all this season, and may be keen to seek regular first-team football as he reaches the final years of his career.

Despite this, the former Manchester United stopper has, amazingly, only played 137 club games since the start of his senior career in 2003.

2. Dean Marney

Dean Marney is another player on this list who is reaching the latter stages of his career. At 34 years of age, Marney's contract expires this summer and he has not played any games for Burnley this season.

If giving a chance by Sean Dyche, he will need to put in some top class displays in order to earn a new contract at Turf Moor.

1. Stephen Ward

Having featured 16 times for Burnley this season, 32-year-old Ward looks the most likely on this list to earn a new contract when his expires in June.

The Republic of Ireland international is a solid option to have for Sean Dyche in the Clarets' back line and he could be a useful character to keep around the dressing room, too.