Burnley manager Sean Dyche has backed Danny Ings to have a huge say in the outcome of his side’s season, despite a recent lack of goals.
The striker has failed to add to his tally of nine Premier League goals in his last seven matches – a fact that has been further highlighted by the rest of the squad’s inability to score, with the Clarets netting just once in their last six.
It all means that the Lancashire club currently find themselves 19th in the table and face a tough task at the weekend when they travel to Everton.
However, with fellow strugglers Leicester, Hull and Aston Villa to come, there will be plenty of opportunities for Burnley to pick up valuable points.
Despite his poor form, Dyche says he still has total confidence in 23-year-old Ings, and believes that if he learns to relax on the pitch a bit more the goals will start to flow again.
“His biggest thing is he puts a lot of demands on himself and that could be where your biggest strength is your biggest weakness,” Dyche said. “It’s good that he’s got a real thirst to improve and I think a lot of the players have, it’s part of our belief about how the culture should be here.
“But it has to be balanced with that sort of enjoyment and often say to him ‘Play with a smile’ and I think he’s at his best when he does, and we’re looking for him to continue doing that.”
Burnley head to Goodison Park this weekend for a game they are currently priced at 5.00 to win, with the draw 3.80 and the Toffees the 1.70 favourites.