Burnley's James Tarkowski is no prima donna

Not many players will spend their summer interrailing around Europe, staying in down-at-heel hotels and operating on a budget. But then again, not many footballers are like James Tarkowski.

‘We stayed in some rascal hotels,’ recalls the Burnley defender. ‘A dorm at a hostel in Paris was bad. Random people asleep in there. Some £2-a-night places.’

Slumming it is something the 24-year-old, one of the stars of the Lancashire side’s stunning start to the season, is used to.

Burnley’s James Tarkowski has worked his way up and is now impressing on a weekly basis

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This is not the story of a pampered academy product. Released by Blackburn as a teenager, Tarkowski finally got his chance at Oldham, where he was on £200 a week.

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