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 !