Brian Jensen: Current Burnley squad better equipped for Premier League
Published 13/05/2016 | 18:51
Former Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen believes the Clarets will arrive into the Barclays Premier League in their best ever shape as they try and secure immediate safety at the third time of asking.
Sean Dyche's side won promotion out of the Sky Bet Championship again earlier this month and will now move up to the top flight, as they did in 2009, when Jensen was their first-choice stopper, and in 2014.
While both of those previous Premier League campaigns ended in 18th-placed finishes and relegation, Jensen expects Dyche's current squad to buck that trend and stay up, providing their manager is allowed to strengthen in the transfer market.
A cautious approach two years ago contributed to the club announcing recent profits of £30.1million, a figure which does not include the £6.5million they were awarded from Danny Ings' tribunal last month, and Jensen has encouraged the team that he spent a decade with to loosen the purse strings.
"They've kept the majority of their squad from the season before and just added quality," the 40-year-old told Press Association Sport.
"Now their revenue at the moment is really healthy so they can go out and buy some players and hopefully it will be enough to keep them up this year. I think they've got a better chance. They're better equipped than the last couple of ones.
"If you look previously we haven't (invested) and it's always backfired a little bit. That is the last piece of the puzzle - to actually spend a little bit on better quality players. That's no disrespect to the players that are there now but they just need a little bit of help and a bigger squad."
Jensen played every game in Burnley's first Premier League campaign, when then-manager Owen Coyle left the club mid-season to make a controversial move to Bolton.
The current Mansfield keeper was released in 2013 by Dyche yet has nothing but admiration for the ex-Chesterfield defender, whom he believes is the ideal fit for the town and the team.
"He's a hard-working lad, he works really hard for the team and the club and he wants to succeed," added the Dane, who has recently launched a new GK Icon academy in Crewe to give youngsters training in the art of his position.
"We parted company on good terms, I've got the utmost respect for that guy because of the hard-work mentality and that's exactly what this club needs. It's a working-class club so it's a perfect combination between them; that's why they've had all the success they've had so far."