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Where Eagles Dare Move to Earn His Spurs?

One of the downsides of being relegated should that be our fate at the end of the season, is that a number of our key players could get restless and be tempted to return to the Premier League in order to further their careers.

One such player might be Chris Eagles who recently said:

'I'm still really ambitious - I want to play in the Champions League and for England. To do that I'd need to be in the Premier League so if Burnley went down I'd have to think seriously.

'I couldn't go back down into the Championship at this stage in my career and I know there would be offers.'

Those offers could well be from Everton and Spurs. The Toffees gaffer, David Moyes is known to be a fan of Eagles and has been linked to him a number of times previously including in the 2009 Summer transfer window.

Speculation today though links him with a move to Tottenham Hotspur; a club he supported as a child. According to the People, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been impressed by Eagles' versatility in midfield and his ability to play on both wings.

If the rumour is true and if we are sadly relegated, Chris Eagles last game for the Clarets may well be against the team he could well join in the summer. Our last game of the season is of course against Spurs at Turf Moor on Sunday 9th May.

Let us all hope by then, that we are already safe from the drop and can hold onto Eagles.

Chris Eagles signed for the Clarets from Manchester United in the summer of 2008 for a fee understood to be about 1.5 million and his current contract does not run out until the end of the 2010/11 season. Eagles is a fans favourite although at times can be inconsistent. He has not maybe taken the Premier League by storm this season as much as he might have hoped for but nevertheless is a valuable member of the squad. He has in fact been an ever present in the eighteen this season but made only 19 starts in the League scoring just the one goal.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 21 2010

Time: 3:16PM

Your Comments

No surprise this rumour. I suppose some Clarets fans have dismissed Eagles as lightweight and occasionally selfish, but if the esteemed manager Harry Redknapp would like him in the squad have your comments been a little unkind? This could though just be a little bit of agent speak trying to get Eagles name banded about in the media so he is on the managers radars should we go down.
turfmanphil
Its an interesting one this - Eagles is a decent player ( on his day) but so often is missing. He also seems to be a player who looks good a lot of the time without the end product. I would not be too disapointed to sell Chris. If we sell him I think we would get 3-4m for him which can be utilised on a couple of 2m players.
Claretdale
Hope we don't sell him myself, we need to keep hold of our players, we do not need to sell anybody even if relegated. But they will have to take a pay cut its in their contract. Some players out of contract on the other hand may be off loaded.
Grimsby Claret
as a spurs fan i think it is jus media gossip or as stated jus gettin him on the radar! iv only seen him wen youv played us so cant comment on his abilities! seems af desent an a nice lad but i for one would be shocked if he turns up at the lane!!! havin played you in the cup las year an now in the league your a good side! best of luck with rest of the season!
nolongeradreamer
Seems okay, but I wouldn't sell Bentley in a hurry to capture him. He'd be below Lennon, Bentley and Kranjcar on the right and below Modric, Kranjcar and Bale on the left for me. Depends what we want to do. If we were to sell Bentley to raise money for other areas of the pitch then a move for Eagles may be more viable. Either way, good luck for the rest of the season ladies and gents.
bernio3000
I think Eagles plays better dare I say when the better players are with him and around him, to link with etc. I can see that Prem Clubs will understand this and have seen the possibilities he could bring to their squads. I would be sad to see him go but would see it as good business if we do play 46 games next season!
VinRogue
I am not convinced Eagles would still be with us even if we stayed up. I would think Spurs or Everton could easily tempt him away anyway unless he sees the Burnley Board significantly investing in players and increasing the squad with just the better players around him you refer to!
turfmanphil
Sadly I suspect Eagles will move on and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him join Spurs but I doubt he would be a regular at the Lane as they have a pretty decent set of players already. Think Eagles has given us a fair crack at Burnley and has shown plenty of glimpses of the player who was at Manchester United but lots of times has illustrated why they let him go too.
RickersTwickers
It is just a little strange that a player who is not guaranteed a place in the Burnley side, could potentially be signed by a top half Premiership club. What does this tell us? ( not sure I know the answer - genuine question)
claretdale
Eagles is a quality player, I played 20 years ago alongside a former Newcastle Apprentice, when i played with him my game was superb. If i played with some of the Donkeys in the team, I was to good for them & it affected my game thats not being a big head thats a factual truith . Eagles is to good for most of players in the Burnley team.
Albmaleaf claret
Thats basically what I am saying Albmaleaf, when he has Mears, McCann himself and Fletcher playing one touches creating openings he flies. Play him infront of Kalvenes with Bikey and Thomo for company and the whole picture changes. These are just examples of course I am sure you can create your own!
VinRogue
That maybe true - But how good actually is he?
claretdale
Midfield for eagles to play at his best Mcdonald Mccann Cork Eagles with Jensen Mears Jordan Duff Cort, Up front Fletcher Nugent Bringing blake on in last 35 mins to play as the old inside forward how does that sound
Albmaleaf claret
I once turned up for a game at University and before we kicked off someone came up to me as he had seen me warming up and asked if I was related to Chris Waddle. It inspired me so much I scored a hat-trick - the only one of a near 30 year career. Think Vin could be right, sometimes other players or people can raise your game. Owen Coyle has made a managerial career out of doing just that.
RickersTwickers
Albma - To me that midfield wouldnt work. Mccann, Cork and Kev all like to go forward and Eagles is the only natural wide man. What is your thoughts on how it would work? To me, you need a Wade or a Pato ( or drop Nuge deeper) on the other side with Eagles and you need a Grezza to protect the back 4. If you ask Big Kev to do it, it may be stopping his natural game???
claretdale
Dale, I think he is worth 3 to 4 Million,as a manager if he is a fit for your jigsaw he could be worth more. Does Moyes think he can provide Saha etc a service? He maybe happy to accept a squad shirt and fight for his place at another Prem Club. I don't think he is the best thing since sliced.....but I do rate his prospects.
VinRogue
Players like Eagles make football interesting and exciting , but as the consensus on here seem to agree on, he's definitely hot and cold. Not sure about the comments regarding him requiring able stablemates to perform though , players of his calibre (on his day) tend to be the ones who lift other's games rather than the other way around. I've always felt that when Giggs is on form, utd are on form and likewise now with Rooney in the starring role. And the same with Robbie Blake of course. If Eagles can develop to consistently perform like he did when brought on with Nugent against Sunderland ,and away at OT , then he's going places. Then there's the other bloke who can't hang on to the ball to save his life. I hope he stays with us though, always liked him because of what he can do when on form.
WelshClaret
It's difficult to comment because players can play differently, better and worse, with other teams. However I wouldn't be heartbroken to sell him - especially if we made a profit. He doesn't influence the game enough for me and loses the ball far too easily. Doesn't score enough either. Fergie was happy to let him go so obviously he didn't think he was going to develop into anything much. I can't think of any Man U cast-offs who have gone on to prove Fergie wrong.
ozjean
Ronaldo may bite you in the back side on that one ozjean lol !!!!! On Eagles again, you have to get the ball to him and for instance against Pompey at home we were devoid of a midfield and Eagles could have had the game of his life........ON HIS OWN! I guess that is why earlier I put players around him that can make the runs and give and go balls with him. In a hoof ball game Eagles would be useless imo.
VinRogue
I don't agree that Eagles is particularly versatile. He's a right winger and that's where all his best games have been for us IMO. Sadly, I don't think he's played as a right winger enough in his Burnley career.
cubanclaret
Up or down I think Eagles will want a move, he made it plain enough when he came, he wants first team football and understandably hopefully in the Prem, after all he wants the best for his career and that does not mean a career on the bench, whichever league we are in, which is all Laws seems to want him for.
cornwallclaret
Agree with you there cuban, he's a right winger for me too.
WelshClaret
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