After starring for Iceland in the 2016 Euros, Sean Dyche snapped up Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Yet another astute signing from the lower leagues, the winger arrived from Charlton in summer 2016.
Appearing in 20 Premier League matches last season, 10 of them from the start, this season Johann Berg Gudmundsson has now progressed to be a more regular starter, making five startig elevens and three appearances off the bench, in the nine matches so far this campaign.
The Icelandic star has been talking about Burnley, their manager, and the challenge that Newcastle United pose – you could be listening to one of Rafa’s own players.
Gudmundsson says that ‘In this league you have to be organised. If you don’t have the most money, you have to do something different and that’s being organised and knowing your roles in the team’.
As for Monday’s opponents, the Burnley star says ‘It’s going to be a tight game…Rafa Benitez sets a side up to defend well and be organised and we do the same’.
Sean Dyche may not have the glittering CV that Rafa Benitez does but it is clear he commands the same level of respect and loyalty that the Newcastle boss does.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson says Sean Dyche has ‘made me believe more’ and that ‘if you have 11 individuals out there you aren’t going to do anything’.
It is all building up to a fascinating clash between two managers who command 100% respect loyalty and respect – I think we can look forward to total commitment form every player involved, as for goals we will have to wait and see.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson:
“Our home form has not been as good as we wanted it to be but I think teams are coming to Turf Moor with a bit more respect and making it tough for us.
“It’s just about us trying to find a way to get more points at home but I think the start has been really good.
“It’s going to be a tight game but we want to go out there and attack and try to score some goals.
“Rafa Benitez sets a side up to defend well and be organised and we do the same.
“In this league you have to be organised. If you don’t have the most money, you have to do something different and that’s being organised and knowing your roles in the team.
“It’s going to be a fascinating encounter and hopefully we come out on top.
“He (Sean Dyche) has obviously done a fantastic job. To get two promotions, keep the club in the Premier League and build the club from where it was to where it is now.
“Everybody respects him. He demands a lot from the players and he gets players in who are willing to do the hard shifts.
“We have to work a lot for what we do and how we play, he’s made me believe more that you can do it in this league.
“Most of the players here have come from the Championship and got promoted, so it’s about getting that belief we can do it in the Premier League.
“I think we showed that last season and again this season.
“You need the kind of players who are in it for the same reason.
“You want to do well for each other and everybody is willing to work for each other.
“That’s really important in the Premier League because it’s such a tough division.
“If you have 11 individuals out there you aren’t going to do anything.”