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Rumour Mill-Will Eagles Land in a Hawthorn Bush?

Chris Eagles is reportedly on newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion's radar.

News broke in the Sunday Papers last weekend but specualtion has continued during the week with the Lancashire Telegraph claiming the Baggies are hopeful of luring the former Manchester United midfielder to The Hawthorns.

Other Premier League clubs are believed to be interested including Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Eagles himself has previously admitted he is likely to leave Turf Moor if we are relegated.

He said recently:

'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.'

Quite clearly another bind to being relegated with the almost certain requirement that the club will then need to be looking for another midfielder, one hopefully with the versatility of Eagles who can play on both flanks and even in the centre.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 16 2010

Time: 1:50PM

Your Comments

If we go down I could see a move to West Brom. I couldn't see Everton or Spurs, he isn't good enough IMO.
skutter169
Eagles gets some stick from some fans but he would be just the sort of player we would need in the Championship but we won't have a cat in hells chance of keeping him if we get relegated!
turfmanphil
I agree Phil even though I don't think he's a top of the table Prem player he is great for us. But if we do go down he's going to want to be off and I kinda think that if he wants to go, we might be better taking the money as his head won't be here.
skutter169
No chance of keeping him should we be relegated not sure if we could keep him if we managed to stay up to be honest, Moyes seems to be a fan of him.
8clarets8
Agree with skutter regarding West Brom rather than Spurs or Everton. When he's good, he's brilliant but when he's bad he's s***e . Don't know exactly what it is but he needs to find some consistency in his playing if he's hoping to grace the Champions League stage. He should stay with us for at least another season to hone his skills, and I hope he does because although he's not Champions League material yet, he's still brilliant for us. Don't go Chris.
WelshClaret
I wonder how much better he'd look in a team (either ours or someone else's) in a team that had better ball winners in midfield? I tend to thnk he wants to find that out, and will leave over the summer.
Couch Potato
If I were Chris Eagles (I wish) I would go whatever happens. It is clear that with the present manager he is nothing better than a sub. A move to any prem club could give him another chance to prove he is good enough. I think he has the latent talent which needs the right manager to bring it out. I would be sorry to see him go.
cornwallclaret
General feeling seems to be that Eagles will move on if we are relegated. I agree with that and though I'd rather we stayed up and he remained a Burnley player next year I don't blame him for wanting to stay in the top flight.
RickersTwickers
If we can get 3-4m for Eagles - I would sell. Great on his day, but not enough 'days' IMO
Claretdale
I think actually it is his lack of versatility that holds him back. He's an out-and-out right winger in my mind, yes the occasional switch to the left can work but his lack of end product in the Premier League has been really noticeable. Sadly he lacks the body strength and he can't shoot. Always puts in a shift though and I would be sorry to see him go but it's interesting that two successive managers can't find a regular place for him in the team.
cubanclaret
The fact is he ISN'T the sort of player we need in the Championship, or the Premier - too lightweight. Sell him at a profit and get a gutsy, in your face midfielder (or two). Eagles is not half good enough - how many goals has he scored or created?
ozjean
Today for me was another example where we couldnt afford to carry Eagles, but we had too. I thought he switched off for their first and simply was not at the races going forward.
Claretdale
 

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