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Next week it is for signings then Howe?

Next week it is for signings then Howe?

Clarets gaffer, Eddie Howe is hoping to add players to his squad 'sooner rather than later' according to the latest media reports

'We need to strengthen the squad and that's what we're looking to do next week,' he said after yesterday's pre-season 4-2 win against Altrincham at Moss Lane.

'We know the areas we want to strengthen and we certainly hope to do that sooner rather than later because we need to get people embedded into how we want to play.

'I don't think we need to bring in a load. I just want quality in certain areas to make us a better team.'

A sizeable number of Clarets fans have been frustrated by the lack of signings this summer and we have still to see a new face arrive at Turf Moor with the new season just 4 weeks away and our pre-season friendly games already underway.

The disappointment of not even having enough money to sign Jack Cork has upset many Clarets fans who are beginning to wonder whether the club has enough ambition and enough bottle to attain Premier League status again. They are also asking two simple questions. Where has all the Premier League money from 2009-10 gone and how come Southampton, a club in administration not so long ago and plying their trade in League 1 have more dosh than Burnley to sign a player that wanted to play for the Clarets?

Yes, we need some signings and yes it has to be this week please! Those signings also have to be of the right quality. Up and coming players from League 1 and League 2 will not cut the mustard with many Clarets fans after losing out to Southampton in our attempts to sign England Under 21 Internaional and huge prospect Jack Cork.

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Date:Sunday July 10 2011
Time: 10:13AM


Third-string keeper appears to be high on Eddie's wish list. At least we can afford one of them I hope!!
10/07/2011 10:22:00
TFM ..... I very articulate piece indeed! well written it personifies the thoughts of many clarets. We don't wanna see up to a £1M quid run of the mill players being signed, we HAVE to start taking this seriously and investing in an improved squad. But again I refer you to the same interview and highlight the fact that Howe says he needs to move bodies on to free up some finances .......... the situation for me and many others is critical .... I can honestly see the failings around Jack Cork costing board members there seats............. the clarets faithful are not happy and nor should they be the storms gathering and we need some answers !! about where the cash has gone
10/07/2011 10:36:00
Eddie came from a lower league club, and his first and only two signings were from lower league clubs. Its not in his comfort zone to go looking for players in the Premiership and to some extent the Championship aswell. Thats the downside of instating a manager from a club thats a league lower. If we had appointed a former Premiership manager, it would be the opposite. But Im not saying we should have. Also, I dont think we didnt have enough money for Cork, I think Eddie was implying that he didnt want to spent a massive amount on one player. Even almost every Claret fan in the country believes that anything around £2 million would be a good price for him. Maybe Chelsea wanted a lot of add-ons aswell that would cost us more money in the future, that we dont know. On the other hand, we still brought in Delfouneso and Duffy on loan from Premiership clubs, so hopefully that signals that there is atleist a decent chance that Eddie could make a permanent deal with some big clubs. Who knows ? Im just a bit fed up with Eddie continually looking for players in his comfort zone in lower leagues, rather than being a bit more risky and showing the fans that he means business for next season.
10/07/2011 11:37:00
Think you may have hit the nail on the head there Adam, re Eddie's comfort zone in Lg1/2! It is plain to everybody I think that we need more than a tweak if we want automatic promotion. To get that we have to look for quality by bringing in established Prem/Champs players. Whatever happened over Cork I am disgusted that a club like Southampton can outbid us,a club in League 1 last season and supposedly recovering from administration! How exactly have we gone down stronger from the Prem, when the Saints have gone up stronger from League 1 and can sign a player we must surely have been desperate to sign?
10/07/2011 11:54:00
One thing I would say about lower league signings Adam is that it totally depends on who they are. Most people for example who were pretty pleased that we had managed to get Charlie. I think the important thing is to get a balance. Some up and coming youngsters from the lower leagues that we can maybe bring on. Some who already have the quality ( such as a Cork).
10/07/2011 11:58:00
Fair point Dale, we just have to hope&pray we now get the experience we need. Lets not forget too that at the moment we are four down in the squad having lost Thommo, Kev Mc, Grezza and it would seem Carlisle! We can't fill the void with more unproven talent from Lg1/2, that's even before we get the squad bugger which looks unlikely due to finacial reasons. Financial reasons I thought would now been less acute after a year in the Prem and parachute payments
10/07/2011 12:11:00
I'd have been more than happy to go with Eddie's signings from the lower leagues, and to trust his judgement, had we signed the one player that we should have signed this season. You've put it in a fine nutshell up above tmp, and there's no more to add to the Cork saga than that really. I'm still hopeful because we've got a good squad especially with the return of McCann, Pato and Austin , and I'm looking forward to a strong promotion challenge. But we should have signed Cork ffs.
10/07/2011 12:58:00
Yep, Cork was the one player who would have made all the difference to our promotion chances in my opinion. How could we ever let such a prospect slip through our fingers for the sake of a ridiculous salary cap that in effect would not attract anybody of the quality we need? I am so,so furious with the club!! No way can I beleive this club could not have bettered the reported £22k/week. Surely we could have reduced the squad size to pay for Cork,he was that crucial to our promotion chances. Small town club, small town mentality and it stinks! [Edited by turfmanphil]
10/07/2011 13:05:00
I think we will see a mix. Agree with your comment above TMP. Three of the four players who have left have huge experience and were probably big characters in the dressing room as well as on the pitch. VR has been commenting for months about the need for leaders. I would say it is essential that we bring in at least one player capable of filling this role.
10/07/2011 13:06:00
Howe seems to have been hoisted by his own petard. Reduce the age of the squad and you get rid of experience but is there anybody still available so late in the day to fill the void before the new season starts?
10/07/2011 13:11:00
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