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Laws Did Not Allow Blake To Go To Barnsley

Barnsley boss Mark Robins has revealed that he tried to sign Robbie Blake (as well as Wigan's Jason Scotland) on transfer deadline day.

He told the Star:

'I was interested in him (Blake) but he wasn't available,'

Rumours circulated over the weekend that Blake might be a target for Barnsley and it sounds like a permanent move might have been at the back of Robins mind rather than a loan. Either way he was unsuccessful but at least there does not appear to be any hard feelings between the two managers with Laws letting Jay Rodriguez go there instead on a one month loan.

Robbie Blake has struggled on occasion for Burnley this season and has recently had to be content with a place on the bench.

It is clear though that Laws still believes 33 year old, Blake can do a job at Burnley and the new gaffer showed faith in him last Saturday by giving him a starting eleven place against league leaders,Chelsea in the game at Turf Moor.

Blake's contract runs out in the summer and he will be hoping to impress Brian Laws enough between now and the end of the season with a view to a contract extension.

Many Clarets fans will be hoping that there is still at least another season for Blake. He is now a legend at the club in his second spell with Burnley.

If nothing else he will of course be remembered this season for the stunning goal he scored at home to current Premier League Champions, Manchester United to secure a 1-0 victory in our first home game back in the top flight for 33 years!


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 2 2010

Time: 2:06PM

Your Comments

Well done, Brian!! If nothing else we need Blake in the squad as an impact player in my opinion and he can still have an influence in our side from set pieces in Robbie Blake territory. He has gone off the boil a bit recently but he's done that before and come back fighting fit and on top of his game
turfmanphil
good on him
radders1990
u need everyone u got
radders1990
who is ur next away game to?
radders1990
Can I answer that in one post? lol ;-) Fulham then Villa
turfmanphil
Wonder how many more he had to say no to for Blake (Preston?) and our other players? Did he say feck off to Sunderland over Mears? No way Jose to QPR over Thompson loan? Guess we will never know
turfmanphil
Good to hear that Laws recognises the importance of Robbie to the side. Agree with you about temporary breaks in brilliance tmp, but I remember Giggs looking jaded a couple of seasons ago. I rest my case.
WelshClaret
Robbie blake is the old inside forward causes havoc with his trickery in the last 20 mins of a game when the opposition defence is getting jaded, put Robbie on for the last 25 mins and cause havoc
Albmaleaf claret
Still think he can do a good job for us - even if it is as what is called an impact player. Easily our most technically gifted player, even if the legs are not what they were. Then again, mine aren't the same at 44 as they were when I was 24 !
RickersTwickers
Interesting that the approach appears to have been a permanent offer and not a loan. Suggests Laws might want him to stay since he can leave for free on a Bosman in summer and they haven't cashed in now
turfmanphil
Robbie has been very poor for a while. Having said that, after a substitute appearance last year ( at home to Bham I think) I came to the conclusion that he was no longer up to it only for him to have a superb second half to the season. His performance at home to Spurs was one of his very best. I am glad he has stayed as he still may have an important part to play from the bench this season and he is a bit different to our other options. As for next year - I am not so sure.
Claretdale
Glad to here it we need Robbie Blake. At least none of our finge players have gone out on loan.
sheclaret
Blake can still do a job for us maybe not from the start!
8clarets8
I love Robbie and I'm so glad Brian didn't let him go. Okay, he's now 33 but he's never been quick so he hasn't got pace to lose. He is still one of the few in the team who can produce the killer pass - as again on Saturday when his ball to Fletcher led to our goal. He also needs to start taking the free kicks again. Finally how can we forget his goals against Man U and the ********s? He is a legend and apparently is one of the best in the dressing room and every team needs a joker to deflect the pressure. Finally - he is rather cute!!
ozjean
A Burnley Hero. He has a part to play this season. I might add if had of been loaned/sold better Barnsley than the other clubs who inquired after him. But pleased he is staying.
Grimsby Claret
Delighted Robbie is staying and I guarentee we have not seen the last of his magic altering the course of a game.
cornwallclaret
So glad to keep Robbie Blake. I still say he has the best footballing brain in the squad. Good vision, makes things happen, lets the ball do the work so lack of pace not always a problem. Don't really like the term 'legend' in football but if there was such a thing, Blake approaches it for Burnley.
Brompton Claret
Latest from Laws on Blake:It`s not surprising that someone like Robbie will get interest," said Laws. "He`s a quality player and if we want to stay in the Premier League he`s a player we`d want to keep. "If we want to achieve what we`ve set out to do, we`d be foolish to let him go anywhere." [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
 

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