Clarets Corner with John Greenwood: A niggly summer in many ways - can Burnley blow the blues away?

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There has been a curiously bitter air around this summer.

Club online chat forums are full of complaints, some with a point, others exercises in unreality, when you would think all fans would be looking forward to is the start of a Premiership season next Monday when Chelsea park their limo at Turf Moor.

The club itself set an early note of sourness with the controversy over season ticket - and hence other ticket - pricing.

Supporters seem to have let it infect debate over signings, or the lack of them, with the Clarets’ unwillingness to pay over the odds for players.

Sticking points to date seem to be Watford’s valuation of striker Troy Deeney and West Brom’s guaging of central defender Craig Dawson’s worth.

Remember that some of Owen Coyle’s signings five years ago never went near a regular first team berth and the moans which followed Brian Laws’ signing of players for big money, but who proved only of the same standard as players Burnley already had, and the hoo-hah is more puzzling.

That’s not to say that I’m totally happy as central defensive cover and some extra midfield cover is highly desirable in my eyes.

Otherwise the players Sean Dyche has signed so far have added depth to the squad, and before August is out it is likely more will be on the way here.

The implication is that the squad which gained promotion - assuming Danny Ings remains a Claret although to date he hasn’t extended his deal - is good enough to make a fight of it.

It might be. Remember 1973 when only Peter Noble joined the squad, and what a player he turned out to be!

Next Monday, we’ll get a first chance to see.