Burnley go about their business with such little fuss that hardly anybody has noticed them sitting pretty in tenth after 12 Premier League games. A team built on solidity and consistency, it's no surprise that the eye wanders to more chaotic clubs or those performing both above and below their expected levels. 

Depending on whether your Turf Moor pint glass is half-full or half-empty, that consistency can either be viewed as the driver of Sean Dyche's success or a potential back-door to stagnation. 

Taking a look at three positives and three negatives from the 2019/20 season so far doesn't exactly help in answering the question, but certainly adds some interesting points to the debate.

Positive - Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes

Chris Wood,Ashley Barnes

Claims that Barnes and Wood are the league's deadliest striker partnership are getting pretty hard to refute. Reaching a combined total of 22 goals in 2018/19, the pair have picked up where they left off with ten goals in Burnley's opening 12 fixtures.  

Between them they've scored more than 50% of the Clarets' 17 goal return in the Premier League, failing to provide a single assist between them as they keep that cliche of strikers caring about just one thing alive. 

Negative - Carabao Cup Elimination

Dwight McNeil

Unlikely to trouble the Europa League places this season, canny enough to avoid the drop for a fourth successive year - a run in either cup would have represented an enjoyable distraction for Clarets fans. 

The Carabao Cup dream was crushed before summer had even finished! A 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland at the end of August pinned all hopes on the FA Cup.

Burnley have previous for cup exits to lower league opposition, losing to Burton and Lincoln in recent memory, so it probably didn't come as great surprise to the Turf Moor faithful.

Positive - Dwight McNeil's Creativity

Dwight McNeil

Burnley's current budget and transfer policy render the potential signing of an edge-of-your-seat creative player a mere dream. So it's refreshing that 19-year-old academy graduate Dwight McNeil is injecting imagination into Dyche's team.

Four assists and a goal in 12 appearances have earned McNeil another England Under-21s call up and supposedly admiring glances from the likes of ​Wolves and Everton.  

Negative - Shipping Goals


Ahead of their impressive 3-0 victory over West Ham, Burnley conceded a combined nine goals in losses to Leicester, Chelsea and Sheffield United. Earlier in the season they shipped three at home to Liverpool, just a couple of weeks ahead of gifting Aston Villa two goals as they escaped Villa Park with a point.

Perhaps Dyche has the set the benchmark too high in recent seasons and warped our expectations, but the manner of some of ​Burnley's conceded goals is certainly worrying. 

Positive - Retaining Sean Dyche


It's surprising that the Ginger Mourinho isn't linked to so-called bigger jobs more frequently. A miracle worker with one of the league's smallest budget, there's no better manager at turning Championship water into ​Premier League wine.

Dyche continues to transform second-tier talent into Premier League performers, ensuring Burnley have the perfect blend of talent and hard graft. The 2019/20 class of Championship recruits includes the experienced Erik Pieters, promising Bailey Peacock-Farrell and returning homegrown talent Jay Rodriguez. 

Negative - Danny Drinkwater's Woes 

Danny Drinkwater

Maybe not the last-chance saloon, but Danny Drinkwater was only a few doors down when he arrived at Burnley on loan this summer. After sustaining an injury in an alleged nightclub altercation, Drinkwater has struggled for both fitness and game time - leaving him perilously close to those infamous swinging doors.

His only appearance for Burnley came in that Carabao Cup defeat to Sunderland and the 29-year-old is now facing the possibility of yet another wasted season.