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Rumour Mill-Guerrero to Leave?

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!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 15 2010

Time: 9:47AM

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Rather opportune this in view of our recent discussions on Guerrero on this site
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15/02/2010 09:58:00

As you say tmp, all we can do is trust Laws' judgement. He's watched him in training and reserve matches and will make his call based on his assesment of what he's seen.
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15/02/2010 10:45:00

Guerrero is a great little player but runs around around like a headless chiken, and has to learn to play more as a team member and not as a very skillfull individual
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15/02/2010 11:45:00

It is difficult to assess how good FG is, or could be, as we have not seen enough of him. If we were in the championship I am sure we would have seen a lot more of him - but would we have then had him in the first place?
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15/02/2010 12:07:00

Mail now saying similar with hint this time Coyle might bring him to Reebok on loan for rest of season! " But Laws has decided Guerrero does not fit into his survival fight after making just seven appearances for the club. Coyle, now boss at Bolton, could look to take him to the Reebok for the rest of the campaign."
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15/02/2010 13:49:00

As you say tmp, Coyle didn't exactly bring in a lot of stars did he? That's another reason he moves on all the time I reckon - he can't judge players. I must say, whatever Cotterill's faults, he knew how to get good players in at bargain prices - Carlisle, Elliott, Blake (again), Duff etc. Laws seems to have got two good ones already and Cork will turn out okay I think. It's not as if we are short of wingers at the club so I would let Guerrero go - it's midfield where we are short. Laws is right, McDonald need to believe in himself more and impose himself on the game.
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15/02/2010 15:05:00

Coyle has brought in Eagles, Fletcher, Mears and Bikey. I still have high hopes for McDonald. Thommo and Kalvenes did a job in the Championship. Nuge may yet save us from going back there. So it wasn't all bad. I just think that Susan gets over-emotional about signing players in whom he thinks he sees flair. Any Chairman who has studied the form would never again let him near a South American offering an exciting 2 hours of speeding thrills. Guerrero may yet be found to have that; and as The Nob Lot have loads of cloggers, they can maybe cover for a non-tackling midfielder, till he learns from players like Lennon and Wright-Philips how to impose himself on the big boys. But what Burnley's midfield needs right now is players who can put steel in the spine... and let Blake, Eagles, Elliott, Pato, Fletch and Nuge show their stuff. And someone who can play in the D. It has given me no pleasure to have been shown that my role as the site's resident downer on the young Ecuadorean seems to have been backed by the club; and even less pleasure to have Alan Nickers-in-a-Twist be right (again). I now hope that Laws, having already surpassed Susan in his grasp of the technical aspects of the job, can go on to show us some inspirational qualities too. (And that Wigan stuff CoyBoy's New Crew.)
Couch Potato
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15/02/2010 17:02:00

Ive got to admit he just seems a bit lightweight and thats not what we need at the minute, we need some steel with flair. Rooney would be nice haha! Laws has to be given a chance to make the team in his own image, lets see what he does.
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15/02/2010 19:43:00

Laws on Guerrero situation in LT:“I need to be concentrating on those who I feel have a part to play and he hasn’t figured in anything we’ve done. “I will probably send him back at some stage.”
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16/02/2010 14:08:00

LT also say Fernando Guerrero’s season-long loan deal is likely to be cut short and that he s set to return to his native Ecuador .
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16/02/2010 14:10:00

I guess it's just as I feared. I think we've missed a trick by not giving him an opportunity as he could have added a new dimension to our game. I just hope that he doesn't join OC at Bolton and show what he can do there.
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16/02/2010 15:57:00

But Coyle hardly ever played him whilst at Burnley, so it must say a lot for the Bolton team if he goes there and gets a regular place? I do admit though, I would have liked to have seen him given more of a chance but in the end he could simply be another Coyle dud
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16/02/2010 15:59:00

I would be sad to see him go, he didn't really get a chance though I cannot see us stumping up £2 million for him at the end of the season, I will always remember his goal against Accy Stanley at the turf.
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16/02/2010 19:51:00

I think the reason OC didn't give him the starts was, ironically, a case of over-loyalty to players. I just think we have looked a bit one-paced, apart from Eagles and Mears and that has limited us, particularly away from home - not enough counter-attack threat. Would have been great to see CE on right and FG on left. When they both played in Carling cup/reserves games they were picking up the MOM awards. Thething is it's now too late to bring anyone else in, so why limit our options for the rest of the season by letting him go now?
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16/02/2010 20:35:00

Agreed SC why let him go? but he clearly has no plans in BL mind? I think he will be released back to ndependiente del Valle. Is there not a rule somewhere where you cannot loan a player out who is already on loan? If not there should be? (only when not in our favour ;-) ) he was ready to start in the reverses tonight sadly called off, this could have been his chance? who knows welcome to Vital Burnley btw ;-)
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16/02/2010 22:54:00

Completely agree with SC about OC being over-loyal and, as a result, not finding out what was the best he could get out of his squad. (All the reserve game postponements haven't helped.) The only other explanation is that he brought in several players who he very quickly decided were not as good as he thought they were when he bought them; and then did a runner rather than have the guts to tell them himself they were surplus to requirement. But, from what I saw, the only way we could have played FG would have been as a forward from whom he expected no significant midfield contribution in terms of tracking back, tackling, challenging for high balls or ball-winning in other ways. He was well behind Robbie in that respect, and a country mile behind Wade and Chris. (Okay, I am judging on 20 mins against Stoke and 20 mins against Pompey: but some things I reckon you can tell that quickly about a player.) I would maybe have been interested in seeing him play up front alongside someone like Fletcher; or maybe in a 5-man midfield with someone like McCann doing his graft for him. Letting him go home would seem to be an act of kindness and courtesy; just do it with a note setting out the homework he needs to work on. Bah humbug!
Couch Potato
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17/02/2010 12:54:00

Perhaps if we'd been a bit higher up in the table we'd have seen more of Fernando. Have only seen him in short bursts and he looks a tricky customer but possibly a bit of a luxury at present. Shame really.
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17/02/2010 17:56:00

I also agree with the thread on over loyalty by the last manager thus undermining players like FG. I am sure if you are bench warming and you see the week in week out performances by Wade you are going to be saying I can do better boss. OC spoke about players knocking on his door to play but he was loathe to "rest" out of form players. I am in favour of a rotation that keeps the team hungry in the front 6 players. We need a settled back 4 as much as possible and a fresh front 6 as I call it, be that 1 3 2, 4 2, 3 3, 4 1 1 or 1 1 1 1 1 1 ! Just freshen it up!!!!!
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19/02/2010 10:28:00


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