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Remco Loan Reduces Squad to 22 Players

Remco Loan Reduces Squad to 22 Players

The Clarets have played over 40 games so far this season, a few have recently looked jaded and tired most notably Paterson, Eagles and McCann. Is it right therefore we are shipping out players on loan with a promotion campaign to win?

So far only one player has come in during the January window and that was Rhys Williams on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

Coyle has said he hopes to get one more loan in at least and that is understood to be Celtic defender, Darren O'Dea but once again talks seem to have stalled although there will still be some time to bring in loans after the January window closes and we might need that time.

Today two further loans have so far been announced with the transfer window about to be closed.

Steve Jones loan to Bradford has been extended until the end of the season

Remco van der Schaaf having recovered from a kidney problem is now being loaned out to Danish outfit, Brondby for six months.

These loans add to those of Kiraly (no complaints there) and Berisha.

Loan Russell Anderson although still named in the Burnley squad is doubtful for the rest of the season after his cruciate ligament injury back in September 2008.

At the moment therefore we have an effective squad of 22 players and that includes a reserve goalkeeper and three young guns.Rodriguez in particular though is becoming more and more involved but he too must be getting fed up of bench warming and coming on for a few minutes in cup games and generally scoring without being rewarded. Maybe he will be another loan candidate at this rate. Alex MacDonald is another fringe player ready to break through but given little opportunity and even less so for Adam Kay.

Will this squad be enough to sustain a promotion push via the play-offs with tiredness,suspensions and injuries already taking their toll as they always seem to do at this time of year? At the moment it looks like the sqaud might increase by one player if we get O'Dea. Is that enough even?

Many Clarets fans I know would have liked to see Remco van der Schaaf return to the team and wouldn't this have given the side more options in the holding midfield role and by definition the back four with Alexander also able to play right back?

Berisha was believed to have taken third fiddle to the likes of Elliott and Eagles but the former has lacked sparkle recently and Eagles is looking increasingly jaded. Would Berisha now have been an ideal player to step up and be given his first team debut for the Clarets?

Well we have to give Owen Coyle the benefit of the doubt but I don't know I just feel a little uncomfortable at the moment. What do others think? Comment below or in our forums.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday February 2 2009
Time: 5:23PM


I can live with Jones and of course,Kiraly going out on loan but I think we should have recalled Berisha by now and certainly not shipped out Remco. I am sick of thiis 'lets give them games elsewhere' syndrome. How about them playing for the Clarets instead especially since some of the first choice alternatives are looking tired and jaded at the moment?
02/02/2009 17:29:00
Same old story. Every year it's a great start then we falter due to pathetically small squad. Sending out VDS and Berisha is ludicrous. The Board lack ambition, if you don't give the team the best chance it will be mid table yet again. Then was talk of agreeing McCann and Eagles transfers out, that would have been negligence. I hope we still bring in another loan this week.
02/02/2009 18:08:00
It just smacks you as crazy does it not!!We hear that we need more players but can't get any so whats the answer ship some more out at least our stars are still here,well at the moment i did hear they would extend it a few hours due to the weather.
02/02/2009 18:57:00
The board lacks ambition - You surely cant be serious! I would say that the board wants promotion just as much as us - but their is not an endless pit of money! As for VDS - I am a little disapointed to see Remco leave. I just feel that we wont see him play another first team game for us which is disapointing after the pre-season reviews he was given.
03/02/2009 12:16:00
The Board does lack ambition as Burnley are still in contention for the play-offs, had a great Carling Cup adventure, opportunities for another Premier League scalp in the cup, a possible game at the Emirates, so how does it help the team? The Board won't sanction any player purchases, struggles to get further loan players, was obviously considering selling Eagles and McCann, reduces the playing staff to 22 including a substitute goalkeeper, a couple of youngsters who rarely get picked and a squad that is clearly tiring with possible further injuries and suspensions. That will surely wreck the teams chances of the play offs as it has in other seasons. You cannot sustain a promotion push with such an obvious shortage of defenders in the squad. They haven't given Berisha or VDS any sort of opportunity, and you could say they haven't given Mahon much of one either. They treated James O'Connor appallingly last year too!
03/02/2009 12:38:00
I dont understand how you can be accusing the board of a lack of ambition for the reasons you have given. How is it the boards fault that Berisha, VDS, Mahon have not played much this season? OC is the manager - he picks the team. I agree he has a budget to work too but some would say that this is already bigger than it should be ( due to the boards ambition). The club is losing money and has been for the last X number of years. Without the input of the board we would be in a lot worse position than we are now. The fact we are even discussing a potential promotion push is fantastic! As for JOC, I would imagine Coyle rated his value to the squad and offered him the contract accordingly. If Coyle knew he was going to be a squad player ( rather than first team) - he would have been right to offer him a contract as such. Additionally, What makes you say they were considering selling anyone?
03/02/2009 12:43:00
What a bunch of whiners....Fact VDS aint cut the mustard, Jones is a spent force and Bes has not been the same since his injury..... I would imagine we are saving 20K per week by having them out on Loan...If we have a recall system in place and we get them back if we are strapped, whats the issue ????? UP THE CLARETS
03/02/2009 13:56:00
This business about the board having ambition is a difficult one to argue for or against. The directors we know have put in a lot of their own money and the club is not a bottomless pit (especially in a worldwide recession). I think it is a fact though that small squads will never be able to get promoted due to injuries,suspensions and tiredness creeping in post December(hope I am proved wrong this season!). That is the dilemma, it is almost like we have to be resigned to survival and a midtable finish every season or take a calculated risk and somehow find the dosh to try and reach nirvana with all the financial benefit that would bring. It is very frustrating being a fan, especially since this season we seem to have our best chance in sometime of getting promoted. You have to back the board though, even if you do sometimes feel like kicking the Chairman's door in!
03/02/2009 14:06:00
There are 23 other clubs in this division also hoping to reach " Nirvans" at the start of the season , most of which have more money and much bigger squads than ourselves , bigger squads aint helping the likes of Southamton , Charlton and Nowrwich at the moment , i'm sure if it was gaurenteed that a bigger squad equalled sure fire promotion, all in this division would have 30/40 signed on ! Funny how some like claretacchio knock the board/manager for not bringing in players despite the fact the board have sanctioned loans and the manager has been striving to bring players in , yet no credit for getting upto 4th in the league and stlll only 2 pts outside the play-offs , getting within 2 minutes of a cup final , and maybe a 5th rd trip to Arsenal to come after tonght ! I'm sure of half the clubs in this divison would swap places with us now!!
Bernie Lee
03/02/2009 14:24:00
I agree with Bernie Lee.....this has undoubtably been our best season in a long time and i cannot believe that burnley fans are getting on the back of owen coyle. He has probarbly got one of the tightest budgets in the league and has managed to do wonders with his small squad. Lets be honest, we wernt expecting to be in a play-off positions for as long as we where and to beat 4 premier league clubs (maybe 5 after tonight) in our cup run were we.....i think we need to realise that owen coyle is a top manager and we should get behind him and support the club, not get on his back and complain about the decisions he makes!
03/02/2009 15:32:00
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