Sean Dyche has explained his ‘difficult’ decision after Jack Cork got the nod ahead of reported Leeds United Josh Brownhill in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
Brownhill was introduced with 11 minutes remaining, a minute after Alexis Mac Allister completed the turnaround, rifling home from Pascal Gross’ cut-back.
Team Talk reported today that Leeds have made enquiries to sign the 25-year-old but admit that in order to prise him away from Turf Moor, United will have to pay in excess of the £10million that the Clarets paid Bristol City for his services in 2020.
Dwight McNeil, another player linked with a move away from Lancashire this summer, made way for Brownhill but he failed to restore parity after Dyche’s side squandered their lead as Graham Potter’s side left with all three points.
“Very difficult. They are all good players and all want to play but you can only pick 11,” the Burnley manager said.
”We want that competitive element quite obviously, and it is there, we saw it in pre-season and we want it to continue.
“We want players to be chomping at the bit to try and play.”
There is just under two weeks to go in the transfer window with Marcelo Bielsa reportedly eyeing reinforcements in the central midfield and wide areas.
It has been said that an extra £5million may be heaped onto Brownhill’s price tag in order to tempt Burnley into selling the midfielder with the Argentine tactician a ‘huge admirer’.
During his time at Bristol City, Brownhill was given his marching orders shortly before the hour mark in Leeds’ 2-0 home win after being shown a second yellow card.
United face competition as David Moyes and West Ham are also said to be interested as the Hammers look to add strength to their ranks ahead of their European exploits in the UEFA Conference League.