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The Guerrero Conundrum!

The Guerrero Conundrum!

Brian Laws recently confirmed that 20 year old 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 this season 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.

He managed just two starts this season and both of those were in the Carling Cup away to Hartlepool and Barnsley. Guerrero was though a regular on the bench until Laws arrived. In total he has been on the bench 20 times, making 7 appearances. Clarets fans have not had much chance to see him play though since all the appearances from the bench have been somewhat 'cameo' with under 20 minutes to play in all cases.

With the arrival of Brian Laws,apart from two unused substitute appearances against Manchester United and Reading, Guerrero has not been named in the eighteen since.

It is difficult to know how Laws could have made a decision to let him go based on performance alone since he had not seen him play in a first-team game and the situation also begs the question why the rush to get rid? Is there something else going on here?

The former Castilla player (Real Madrid Reserves)though is now looking for other opportunities in the Football League and the last rumour linked him with a loan move to Middlesbrough.

News broke over the weekend that Guerrero had taken a pay-off from Burnley FC and was quitting after being banned from training by Brian Laws. Those were the exact words used in the media.

The word 'banned' sounds rather strong and suggests some sort of fall out between the two. The whole situation is a little bit of a conundrum so with Clarke Carlisle's recent experience of these puzzles on Countdown maybe we should ask him?

Clarke can you make another word out of these letters 'fernandoguerrero? Tick,tick,tock, yazzagaboom (well how else do you make Countdown sound in words?)

Yes sure, Jeff, its Salomon Olembé

Olembé? So let's get this right. We have just got rid of a young talent who supposedly had a good future ahead of him and want to consider replacing him with a 29 year old journeyman who has been unable to settle at any club since leaving Marseilles in 2007?

Now that is a conundrum to me!

Guerrero was naive in certain respects but to some fans including myself he looked an exciting player;one whose talents could have been honed for the future.

Why then get shut of a good prospect and think about bringing in someone getting on a bit and not exactly setting the world of football alight?

Yeah OK we were at least going to give Olembé a trial and that took place in the Reserves match against a Manchester City second-string at Turf Moor in midweek.

We got thumped 4-1 by a bunch of kids despite the Clarets side being comprised of players from the first team squad. It was not a great spectacle and Olembé made no impression whatsoever and was taken off at half-time!

That looks like the end of Olembé as far as the Clarets are concerned but surely Guerrero would have been both a better and cheaper option up to the end of the season?

I am struggling to sort out the rationale here....Tick,tick,tock, yazzagaboom !


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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday March 4 2010
Time: 9:58AM

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I am getting a little bit angry in all honesty, WTF is going on?
turfmanphil
04/03/2010 10:11:00
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I have just had the most awful thought of all............... is Brian Laws the new John Bond.
sheclaret
04/03/2010 10:29:00
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I suppose in one respect that isn't the case. If I remember back then Bond brought in a load of players from his former club, Man City and we certainly have not seen an influx of players arrive from Sheffield Wednesday,not yet anyway! I know what you mean though
turfmanphil
04/03/2010 10:34:00
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He also rather curiously sold Brian Laws along with players such as Trevor Steven and Lee Dixon! Ouch!!
turfmanphil
04/03/2010 10:36:00
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Suggest we wait and see where Fernando ends up and what he accomplishes there. He may be a decent Championship-level player in a team that doesn't need him to contribute much other than in attack, and who is shorter than we are in attacking flair. How much would we have been asked to pay for him if we'd kept him on past this season. Two million was it?
Couch Potato
04/03/2010 11:07:00
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Coyle publicly said I think that he would be willing to pay up to £2,000,000 to get his man if he impresses during the trial, that then turned into a loan with a suggestion that Burnley will have the opportunity to purchase Guerrero if he is successful at the club for a reported fee of 2 million euros
turfmanphil
04/03/2010 11:27:00
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I'm not worrying about Guerrero, the thing that worries me is if the poll is right and burnley and pompey and 1 other go down who will be staying and who will going. If Burnley still see laws to lead the club in the future at the end of the season thats when we need to get things right.
Fedupclaret
04/03/2010 12:02:00
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That is part of the dilemma. if we go down are we saying that Guerrero could not even have done a job for us at that level? Mears, Eagles, Fletcher and Elliott will surely be off and I cant see many of the 11 out of contract in the summer staying either. We have a major rebuilding exercise on our hands led by a manager who has hardly set the world alight in the Championship. Let's hope we stay up, the alternative does not bear thinking about in my opinion
turfmanphil
04/03/2010 12:10:00
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Not so sure Elliott will be off Phil - By most accounts, including my own, Wade has been off form for a considerable portion of the season. Is it just that he is not quite a premiership player - I am not sure?
Claretdale
04/03/2010 12:29:00
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I keep including Elliott on the premise he was interesting top clubs last summer but you are right he has hardly enhanced his reputation this season and those same clubs might now be wary! Dunno
turfmanphil
04/03/2010 12:32:00
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