Sean Dyche does not feel the time is right for a switch to a back three despite Nathan Collins' impressive performances.
The Irishman has played the last four games and shone in all of them standing in for captain Ben Mee.
But the skipper is now fit after overcoming a knock and Covid and came through 90 minutes alongside Collins against Spurs in midweek.
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With James Tarkowski a certain starter against his former club Brentford this weekend, Dyche is likely to restore Mee to the Premier League XI.
That would leave the eye-catching Collins out of the side with the Turf boss not feeling now is the time to alter formation.
"Every situation pops into your thinking but most need work," said the Clarets chief, when asked about the potential of a back three.
"I have never been a fan of just throwing a team out there but some managers do it and make it work.
"The yardage different in 4-1-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 is only a matter of conversation but when you go to three it is a different way of playing and so therefore it needs work.
"Dropping a 10 in or an extra midfielder in is still a difference but not a radical one, more a matter of yardage.
"If you go to a three then it is a different role, I think that needs work and time and so if I was going to do that it would be in a quieter period when we have a bit more time, certainly not in a week with three games!
"And historically I do like four at the back and I think it works well and we have proven it works well so part of me is the stats and facts of how we work in the Premier League."
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