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The Guerrero Update & Middlesbrough Link

Brian Laws recently confirmed that winger, Fernando Guerrero had no future with Burnley FC.

The Ecuador international was brought to Turf Moor by Owen Coyle last summer on loan from Independiente del Valle but has struggled to make any impact in the Clarets first team.

Guerrero was highly rated by Coyle and it had been hoped he would be good enough to sign permanently at the end of this season.

The former Castilla player (Real Madrid Reserves)thoough is now looking for other opportunities in the Football League.

Laws is hoping to have come to an arrangement involving the 20-year-old over the next seven days. Guerrero's parent club, Independiente del Valle would have to agree to another loan but if that is approved it is understood that Middlesbrough could be interested in bringing the player to the Riverside Stadium.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 24 2010

Time: 10:59AM

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Why do I still think this could be a mistake? I still think this lad is an exciting prospect more so than some of the other summer signings we earmaked for the future.
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24/02/2010 11:02:00

He did look very lively although I believe his end product was very poor. I think if he had of been good enough one of either Coyle or Laws would have used him and so I can only hypothesise that he is not. It is possible that communication may be the problem also, as a player that cannot understand the system and be integrated effectively is a weak link in any team.
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24/02/2010 11:19:00

The communication problem though must surely have been known from Day 1. That was always likely to be a problem since the lad couldn't speak English? Why are we bringing players to this club who haven't been looked at enough to know they don't have an end-product? Another Coyle error? I think with some coaching and harnassing of his raw talent, he could have developed that end-product but maybe we have neither the time,money nor will to do that with a prem league survival battle on our hands
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24/02/2010 11:34:00

I agree fully. Like you say even a basic level of scouting before hand would have been able to determine his level of English. Maybe we keep underestimating the difficulties with non-English speaking players though; Berisha, Van Der Schaaf, Guerrero and maybe now Nimani? If the staff could have communicated with him better then perhaps they could have made greater improvements to crossing, decision making and shooting. I do think he has the raw talent but for whatever reason we are unable to develop it.
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24/02/2010 11:44:00

We brought in 7 players in January and presumably more to come over the Summer so we can expect to have to offload some. We need to trust Laws to make the right "brutal" decisions!
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24/02/2010 12:02:00

Could it simply be that Fernando is seen as to much of a luxury player? I wouldnt imagine his defensive skills are that great and in our position he is a luxury we simply cannot afford ( I dont mean financially). Have to agree with comments from Phil though, he does look to be an exciting prospect.
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24/02/2010 12:09:00

Agree, he looked like he could turn out to be one of the gifted playmakers, an 'exciting prospect'. But Laws clearly doesn't see it working out for some reason. I suspect that communication is at the heart of this. . . . . Laws : " Once the attacking move breaks down Fernando, I'd like you to to come straight back to bolster the midfield". Translator : " Once the attacking move breaks down Fernando, Mr Laws wants you to hang around do **** all until the ball comes back upfield".
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24/02/2010 12:37:00

I tend to agree that the communication factor is probably the main issue, although it shouldn't be the case. I work in that line and I feel strongly enough about this that I'm getting in touch with the club to see if anything can be done, although I suspect it's a lost cause. I just can't shake the feeling that it it's a big mistake to let him go.
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24/02/2010 16:59:00

The mistake was the previous managers, who added to the wage bill a player with raw talent that would never be good enough for 90 minutes against 15 of the teams in the Prem this season. That is the mistake, he is a bright future with the right coaching to playing ratio. If we were relegated he would be a real possibility for lots of games next season to learn his trade and English language. Sadly another bench warmer at the moment provided by you know who!
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