Date:Monday February 15 2010
Fernando Guerrero was signed on loan in August 2009 from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle.
Former Clarets manager, Owen Coyle described the 20 year old winger as an exciting prospect and if the former Castilla (Real Madrid Reserves)player impressed during his season-long loan there would be an opportunity to buy the player permanently for a reported fee of 2 million euros.
The Ecuador international made his debut for the Clarets on the opening day of the season coming on from the bench against Stoke City at the Britannia.
Since that time though he has found opportunities limited and has only made two starts in our two Carling Cup games against Hartlepool and Barnsley.He was typically on the bench during Coyle's period at the club this season making just seven appearances in total so far in 2009-10.
With the arrival of Brian Laws, Guerrero seems to have become the forgotten man and has not been named in the eighteen since our away defeat to Reading in the FA Cup last month.
Clarets fans probably regard Guerrero from the little we have seen of him as a raw talent with a lot of pace and excitement about his play. He does however appear naive at times and may have had problems communicating with his team mates.
It is perhaps not surprising that speculation has grown recently that Guerrero does not appear to feature in Brian Laws plans for the future and could be set to leave Turf Moor.
This now appears to be confirmed in an article in the Mirror written by the discredited jornalist and Coyle confidente, Alan Nixon.
Nixon states Laws is letting Guerrero leave because he does not fit into his survival fight and of course he has to suggest that the 'exciting'prospect could find a home in the summer with the wonderful Susan Boyle and his Notlob outfit.
Coyle it would appear would be willing to make a cut-price (ie cheap) offer for Guerrero in the summer if he can impress in the rest of the season.
To do that he would have to go out on loan and Nixon intimates Guerrero could be looking to do that with a Championship club although how that fits in legally with his current loan contract and whether Independiente del Valle would be willing to let him go to another club remains to be seen.
Owen Coyle would appear to have a lot to answer for in terms of bringing duds to Turf Moor. Guerrero seems to be one of a long list that have cost the club dear without hardly ever having been played. Easton, Eckersley, Edgar (until recently under Laws), Penny and of course van der Schaaf have all struggled to make any impression during Coyle's time as manager despite all of them being his signings.
I have mixed feelings about Guerrero to be honest. He does seem to have that 'wow' factor on occasions but perhaps the Premier League is a bridge too far for him at this stage of his career and I would certainly back Laws judgement on this more thatn the 'Gung-Ho' Coyle. If the Nixon rumour is true though it does beg the question why Coyle would want to bring Guerrero to the Reebok. He must clearly know already if the winger can hack it in the top-flight unless of course the Bolton crew are preparing for life in the Championship!
Date:Monday February 15 2010
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