Scouting Report: 'The Beast' On Burnley

Brian 'The Beast' Jensen racked up more than 300 appearances for Burnley during a 10-year spell at Turf Moor, and played a vital role as the club were promoted to the Premier League in 2009.

After leaving the Clarets in 2012, the Danish goalkeeper went on to have stints at Bury, Crawley Town and Mansfield Town.

The 42-year-old is now plying his trade for Irish Premiership pacesetters Crusaders.

The giant goalkeeper still retains a huge affection for Burnley, however, and ahead of their clash with Everton, he gave us his thoughts on Sean Dyche’s side. He started by telling us what makes the Clarets boss tick…

Dyche’s philosophy
His teams are so well drilled. The players know what they’re doing day in, day out – and he brings the lads together. The key thing for him is 100 per cent commitment, and getting the players fit. He’ll never bring anyone in who cannot run, is not agile, is not athletic.

They’ve been a bit unlucky recently [Burnley are without a win since 12 December], but after the good start they had to the season, there was always going to come a point where they were going to have a dip. I think he’ll be telling the lads to keep working hard, stay positive, and importantly, to keep believing in what they’re doing.

Secret to Clarets’ success
They’re incredibly fit and score a lot of goals in the last 10 minutes. They’ve won a lot of games simply because they just keep it ticking over. It’s all down to the organisation. They stay in games as long as they possibly can, they don’t concede many goals and just nick one at the end.

Standout performers
You have to look at the centre-halves and the goalkeeper. James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, pictured above, have done tremendously well. Tom Heaton was doing great in goal but since he’s got injured Nick Pope has come in and really impressed. They stand out because of the clean sheets Burnley have had – that’s been the key to their season so far.

Turf Moor atmosphere
It’s a really tight ground – about 20,000 supporters – and the fans are very close to the pitch. It was great to play there because the fans always back you up  100 per cent. It’s going to be a tough one for Everton.

Where the game will be won and lost
Set plays will be vital. It’s a big part of Burnley’s game plan - and one of their main strengths – but Sam Allardyce will know that. I think Everton will control the ball, play it around, and if they get the first goal it’s going to be hard for Burnley. But, of course, Burnley will be organised, and if they keep it tight, anything can happen. It’ll be a tough game for both teams.

And, finally… Jensen on Pickford
He’s a future England number one, 100 per cent. He’s a good shot-stopper and his distribution is second to none. That left peg is unbelievable. No disrespect to Sunderland but he’s come to a bigger club. There’s more eyes on him. Maybe he does not have as much to do as he did up at Sunderland, but when he has to do something, he needs to be focused, and make sure he pulls off the saves.

He's still only a baby from my point of view. He’s playing for a big club, and will only get better. I see a big future for him.

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