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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Sean Dyche takes Burnley into lofty territory, José Mourinho miscalculated in the Manchester derby and Tiémoué Bakayoko fails to justify his costly transfer

There is a temptation to regard Burnley’s presence in the upper reaches of the division as an early-season aberration. One of their alumni argued otherwise, while maintaining that improbable interlopers will benefit if they continue to be overlooked. Andre Gray, who traded Turf Moor for Vicarage Road in the summer, said: “The table doesn’t lie. It’s 16 games, not four or five where they’ve had a great run, and they’re seventh. They’ve been consistent.” The striker was jeered by some fans on his first return to Burnley, but had nothing but praise for his former colleagues and his old manager, Sean Dyche. “They’ll all know in the dressing room what they’re capable of. But Burnley will never get spoken about until the end of the season. It’s better for the team if they keep going under the radar and keep putting in the performances they have this season because the sky’s the limit.” Richard Jolly

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