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Dyche happy to ponder Gray options

Burnley 2 Everton 1

By Liam Blackburn

Andre Gray's imminent return from suspension will not necessarily see Burnley revert to 4-4-2, according to manager Sean Dyche.

The Clarets have been without last season's top scorer for the past four games due to a FA suspension for homophobic tweets he sent four years ago while still a non-league player.

Rather than selecting a like-for-like replacement and continuing with the two-striker system that has been a feature of his tenure at Turf Moor, Dyche has preferred to utilise an attacking midfielder behind Sam Vokes.

And it was Scott Arfield, the man deployed in that role, who claimed the late winner against Everton on Saturday, after the Toffees' Yannick Bolasie had levelled a 39th minute opener from Vokes.

So Dyche admits he has options ahead of next week's trip to Manchester United.

Gray will be back for that game, a fact he appeared to allude to by posting a picture of a lion behind bars on Twitter on Saturday evening.

"We've enjoyed the way we've looked," Dyche said of the team without Gray.

"A lot of people think I changed it because of his absence, I changed it at Leicester before he was absent, I felt the team needs to be flexible in its planning.

"I've been pleased with the 4-4-1-1 but there is still scope to change it back, I do like playing with two centre forwards but it's nice to know we do have that flexibility when we need it," added the Burnley boss.

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