Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
Our new trialist, 26 year old Latvian Internatioal striker, Gatis Kalniņš played the first 45 minutes of last night's friendly game against Partick Thistle before being substituted with a host of others as Owen Coyle made numerous changes at the start of the second half.
But how well did Kalniņš do? Owen Coyle gives some insight into his performance.
"It`s difficult when you come into a new environment and probably a different style of play than what he`s used to," he said.
"We like to pass and eventually build the ball up. Maybe he`s used to a more direct style of play.
"When I was looking at his runs maybe he was expecting a ball up a lot quicker. But we`ll monitor that and he`ll train with us this week and be involved in the game at St Johnstone."
The striker is a tall lad at 6ft 3' and maybe a target man is just what we need to give our attack some options. The Clarets have not really had such a player since Gareth Taylor. There is a danger that some Clarets fans will no doubt start whinging again if we start hoofing the ball up pitch to a Tayloresque figure on his own;some will no doubt discourteously refer to the technique as Coyleyball after a similar scoffing attempt at the previous manager. However, if we get this right, tactics wise, it will be good to have a tall striker to aim for again and it will definitely give the side more attacking options. Whether that is Kalniņš, remains to be seen but he seems to have made a reasonable start.
Owen Coyle speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph has also given an update on his transfer targets without naming any names.
"We`d still like another couple to add to what we`ve got," the gaffer said.
"We had interest in a couple of other players from Scotland but for that to happen the respective clubs would have to come back to us.
"We made fair offers at the time and they never materialised.
'But if they come back to us and initiate that they might be looking to do something then that`s something we`ll look at.
Speculation would suggest these targets would be Derek Riordan at Celtic and Andrew Driver at Hearts, two players we have strongly been linked with this close season.
If those come to nothing however, Coyle also has some more targets in mind:
"But as it is I`ve got another couple of targets in mind at the moment, he said.
Could one of these be Manchester United's Chris Eagles? Wild rumours doing the rounds on Clarets messageboards this morning suggested that we may have done a deal for £2 million including associated add ons.
That would be difficult to imagine at the moment following Eagles comments from Cape Town at the weekend and the fact he is currently on the Red Devils South African tour and even scored in their friendly game against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
One other link today was Coventry's striker Kevin Kyle, not one that would please Clarets fans if the rumour came true. His disciplinary record, outburst against the Sky Blues fans and inconsistent form would all go against him being popular at Turf Moor although I am sure we would all like to be proved wrong!
Date:Tuesday July 22 2008
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