Date: 2nd December 2016 at 4:35pm
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Midfielder Scott Arfield has been speaking about the competition in the middle of the park at Burnley this season.

Doing a media meet and greet ahead of the trip to Stoke City and the Bet365 Stadium this weekend, Arfield was speaking to the Official Site and with his ever present status when we lifted the Championship trophy, and almost being an ever present – starting all but two games – last time we were in the Premier League, he was talking up the benefits of adding competition this year, insisting that the team is always more important than individuals.

With summer captures of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick, Arfield explained that not only was that an advantage for manager Sean Dyche, but having that quality in the camp also helps keep everybody on their toes.

‘Two years ago it was quite well documented that we probably never had that depth in the squad. Certainly this year we`ve got that. This time we`ve got different players for different positions and two for every position, so we can play different formations. It means sometimes you`re going to miss out if you`re not doing it on the training field and on the pitch. We know that and within the camp that`s a big factor, which I think only bodes well for us.’

He went on to say.

‘If you get the hump about you should be playing or you should be doing this or that, you aren`t going to play. What the gaffer has brought into the club has been magnificent and sitting on the points we are sitting on at this time, I think every fan would have taken that. With the Arsenal and Hull games as well, we could have taken more points. I think that speaks wonders for what we`ve brought in from pre-season and how we`ve strengthened. I think you try and relish that as much as possible. It`s not about your own personal ego and how much you play. It`s about the team and keeping this club in the division.’

Having featured in all but one of our Premier League games so far this year, making eight starts along the way, Arfield went on to say that having missed out on the two one victory at Stoke two years back, he’s relishing the opportunity to be involved this weekend and hopefully help us to a similar result.

‘It`s one of the stadiums I`ve never played at so it`s one I want to out there and play. If selected I`ll be ready to go.’

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