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Monday 22 January 2018

New boy can 'dou

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is in line for his Burnley debut
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is in line for his Burnley debut

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has backed new boy Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to help resurrect his side's Premier League fortunes as they prepare to head to Crystal Palace today.

Nkoudou joined the Clarets on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season this week and is expected to go straight into the starting line-up as his new side look to secure their first win in six top-flight games.

Dyche believes Nkoudou is desperate to make an impression after having his opportunities restricted at Spurs, for whom he is yet to start a Premier League game since signing for a reported £11million from Marseille in 2016.

Dyche said: "He has come in bright and vibrant and he is keen to make a mark on this division. He hasn't played a lot but he has got a will to do well.

"He has waited a long time at Tottenham but they have got a very deep squad so while he has tried to earn his chance there, it hasn't come round.

"Now he's got his chance. But we make it clear to anyone who comes here, whether they are signings or loans, that they have got to earn the right to play."

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