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Rumour Mill-I Want to Go, Mears the Pity!

Rumour Mill-I Want to Go, Mears the Pity!

Media reports today suggest Burnley defender, Tyrone Mears is seeking a move away from Turf Moor.

It is clear he is looking to further his career with a Premier League club and does not feel a move down to the Championship following our relegation would be an option.

In many ways this is probably not unexpected although things had been quiet recently with no rumours of any clubs, Premier League or otherwise being interested in the former Manchester City, Preston, West Ham and Derby right back.

The 27 year old was an ever present for the Clarets last season and played the full ninety minutes of all our League matches. He was signed by Owen Coyle last summer from Derby County for £500,000 penning a three-year contract.

He soon became a fans favourite and put in some impressive performances. He was solid in the back four and could charge down the flanks setting up countless goal-scoring opportunities for his team mates.

Clarets fans were so impressed along with Owen Coyle that he was even being touted as a potential England right-back with the possibility of playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa!

It appeared though when Owen Coyle jumped ship in January to leave for Bolton that Mears was one of the players to be affected the most.

He just seemed to go off the boil for a time and started playing with less enthusiasm. He put in too many lacklustre performances although he was still solid in defence for most of the time. It was perhaps his performances in the latter half of last season that has cooled interest from other Premier League clubs.

Sunderland had been linked with the right back in the January window but nothing came of that and it is now understood that the Black Cats are once more looking to strengthen that position. It will be interesting to see if Mears is now once more on their radar but according to the Sunday Mirror today it looks like Sunderland have turned their attentions instead to Aston Villa and England right back Luke Young. A £3 million deal is also being mooted

Mears leaving will be a blow to Brian Laws having just lost also our star striker, Steven Fletcher. Our right back alternatives are also limited. Michael Duff we know can play there but he is far more suited to central defence. It is difficult to see Graham Alexander returning to the back four after becoming our established holding midfielder and he is not getting any younger for a role that also requires some pace down the flanks.

This could be a big opportunity though for Richard Eckersley who has struggled to make the first team since his arrival from Manchester United last summer.

Laws though I think would be looking to increase his options by bringing in a new right back. Let's face it we have enough dosh now to get a goodun!

Burnley will want of course to maximise the profits on their investment if they have to sell Mears although there is an indication that the defender is hoping that the club will moderate their asking price to tempt Premier League clubs to come in for him. It would appear he is hoping that the asking price is no more than a million

Oh well here we go again seeing if the club can support their statement that we have 'gone down stronger' and 'don't have to sell' Yeah right!



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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday June 6 2010
Time: 12:43PM

Comments

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Sigh!
turfmanphil
06/06/2010 12:56:00
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Ok - If he wants to go, he can go. But I am sure the price set will be the one that is right for Burnley and not for Tyrone Mears. I would hope it is much nearer to £2m than £1m. I still think Eck could prove to be a good enough right back for us next season. Agree with you Phil that I dont think Grezza going back there as back-up is the way forward. Duff maybe, but their is every chance ( in my opinion) that Duff will be a starting centre half next season - Would this disrupt the entire back four?
Claretdale
06/06/2010 13:17:00
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If he want to go the so be it, But we should at least hold out for £2m
Totally_Claret
06/06/2010 13:31:00
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There has to be a buyer in order for there to be a sale. It will be interesting to see which clubs would see Mears as an improvement, and whether any of those have a desire to spend.
Couch Potato
06/06/2010 14:06:00
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No shock at all but i'd hold out for 2-2.5 mill just out of spite lol
ruane
06/06/2010 16:09:00
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If I was Laws I would be happy to let him go another player who thinks he's better than he really is, this guy really has a bad track record did he walk out of Derby to France without the Clubs permission.
Fedupclaret
06/06/2010 17:50:00
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Reckon he will be off to Villa.
RickersTwickers
06/06/2010 18:06:00
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Not surprised he wants to ge but he has a cheek to ask to be sold on the cheap. Why should we sell him cheap? We owe him nothing. I also think Laws will look for an addition to the right back area as Grezza is not suited to it anymore and I think Laws sees Duff in the centre. I get the impression tmp you are blaming the board for this?
ClaretClaude
06/06/2010 18:23:00
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How do you mean blaming the Board,CC? I don't see them as having any effect on Mears just never believed their statements that we were going down stronger to explain away the failure of relegation, nor the fact that we didn't have to sell! They will always sell to the highest bidder,its engrained in their mindset and has something I think to do with Kilby's regret he never sold Little to Man City before the Digital fiasco. Those were different times though and on the principle that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, they need to move on!
turfmanphil
06/06/2010 18:38:00
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Do Villa rate him RT?
turfmanphil
06/06/2010 18:39:00
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