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'Is it worth one final throw of the dice?'

Burnley fans voice graphic
Burnley fans voice graphic

Natalie Bromley, No Nay Never podcast

This January transfer window is troubling me.

Why? It is hardly news that a side struggling in the relegation zone would want to bolster the squad and bring in cover where it is needed, and Burnley are no exception to that. So I should be excited, no?

The thing that is troubling me is whether it is worth it.

We spent more £100m in the summer (depending on which reports you read and whether you believe them), with 15 new faces coming into Turf Moor. But from the beginning of the season the squad just did not look strong enough or... ready.

The areas needed to strengthen were clear to most Burnley fans - centre-half, central midfield and at centre-forward. All with Premier League experience. We can now move a left-back to the top of that list, following the long-term injury to Charlie Taylor. There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds about targets, prospects and loan deals, but they all seem to be "highly rated" European youngsters full of promise.

We have enough of those players in our squad, sufficient for the three-year plan we have put into place to "go for it" at the time we should have been promoted.

Instead, we need strength, physicality and experience if we have any hope of surviving. We need the next Ben Mee.

And so there is my worry - is it worth it? Are we already doomed this season so would just be throwing good money after bad? Should we save our money and invest in the summer for the Championship? Or is it worth one final throw of the dice?

Don't get me wrong - I love the optimism our chairman is projecting - he is convinced we can and will stay up - but it looks ominous to me.

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