Sean Dyche is widely recognised as one of the rising stars on the English coaching scene.
Two Championship-to-Premier League promotions with Burnley have quite rightly inflated a reputation that first began to bloom at Watford.
If Dyche manages to keep the Clarets afloat in the top flight this term, his stock will sky-rocket once more, but judging by his side’s transfer activity (or lack thereof) so far, the 45-year-old risks repeating mistakes made in 2014/15.
Burnley won promotion in 2013/14 after being touted as second-tier relegation fodder before the campaign commenced. It was a remarkable achievement, but a refusal to reinvest the accompanying rewards in the first team led to a universally-predicted demise.
The core of the team that came second in the Championship was trusted to ensure survival, but fell five points short of the total required. In terms of pre-season acquisitions, transfer fees were spent on five players, of which only George Boyd was a regular starter.
It wasn’t until after they went down that they really dipped into their new-found fortune, splashing out £9m on striker Andre Gray, whose 23 goals fired the Clarets to the Championship title.
Gray was one of eight players they paid for ahead of the 2015/16 edition and they instantly reaped the benefits from the outlay.
Many of the team that failed to survive two seasons ago remains intact, underlining how important it is Burnley add to the ranks if they are to beat a 91/100-rated relegation this time around.
Yet a spate of rejected bids for two Championship midfielders suggests lessons of 14/15 are still to be learned.
Two offers for Derby County’s Jeff Hendrick are alleged to have been rebuffed, while Brighton & Hove Albion treated their opening gambit for Dale Stephens with the same disdain.
The prize for plying a trade in the Premier League team has never been higher. Simply by being in the division, Burnley find themselves ranked among the richest clubs in the world.
It’s almost certain Derby and Brighton are looking to exploit this, slapping overblown price tags on Hendrick and Stephens, but why wouldn’t they?
Relinquishing star players to a suitor flush with money who clearly considers them to possess Premier League quality, without trying to squeeze every potential penny out of the deal, would be hideously incompetent at best.
Burnley are no strangers to hardball negotiating tactics, turning down offers reportedly as high as £20m from Leicester City for centre-back Michael Keane already this summer.
Dyche has, on more than one occasion, offset the Clarets’ achievements next to what he perceived to be the extravagant spending of rivals, yet his need to operate exclusively on a shoestring has been significantly reduced by a perfectly-timed promotion.
The age of paying over the odds is upon all Premier League teams and Burnley must embrace it if they are to have any chance of survival next season.