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Ben Mee, Shape Me Any Way You Want Me!

The Clarets have finally brought a new face to Turf Moor albeit just a loan

The club today confirmed the signing of Manchester City defender Ben Mee on a season-long loan. Mee came to prominence after captaining Manchester City to victory in the FA Youth Cup in 2008 before making his first team debut against West Brom in their Carling Cup defeat at the Hawthorns last season. His only appearance in the City first team to date

The 21-year-old is an England Under 21 international and made 15 appearances on loan at Leicester last season after agreeing a season-long loan on New Year's Day. Indeed Mee held talks with Sven-Goran Eriksson about a second loan deal with the Foxes ahead of the new season. It would appear though that he had second thoughts fearful that his chances of playing first-team football might be limited at Leicester with the club also recently signing centre back pairing Matt Mills from Reading and Sean St Ledger from Preston.

Howe is reported to have been keen to bring in a left-sided centre half and Mee, who can also play at left back would appear to fit the bill. Clarets fans may well remember Mee playing for Leicester against Burnley at the Walkers Stadium last season. It was a terrible mauling for the Clarets and we lost 4-0 with Mee impressing in the centre of defence with his performance also clearly not lost on Eddie Howe.

Talking about his move to Turf Moor, Mee said later in the week:

"Manchester City were willing to let me out again on loan for a season to get some games

"They left it up to me to decide who I wanted to come to.

"There were quite a few teams that contacted them about my availability but I spoke to the manager here and I really liked him.

"I`ve been speaking to him ever since I`ve been back in training, a couple of weeks ago he was on the phone and he was really enthusiastic about me coming here.

"There`s good players here, there`s no doubt about that, and the manager here seems to think that we can do well.

"I believe him and hopefully we can get going this year.

"I`ll fight for my shirt, I`m really willing to do that and I`m excited and raring to go."

Mee joined up with his new team mates for training for the first time this week and at long last those Clarets fans travelling down to the South West of England for our friendly games against Bristol Rovers and Torquay next week will have at least one new player to watch!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 14 2011

Time: 3:34PM

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14/07/2011 15:36:00

Eriksson's must have rated him to take him to Leicester last season having previously managed him at City, made his debut for City along with former loanee Guidetti.
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14/07/2011 16:08:00

Sounds good,just hope we don't have to go through all that Cork debacle again if he is seriously good and we want to keep him!!
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14/07/2011 16:14:00

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14/07/2011 16:42:00

Any way that's one in and that's got to be good news he's also an England under 21 so that's good as well. COME ON YOU CLARETS a couple more in and we can look forward to a really good season don't know about you lot but I can't blumin wait
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14/07/2011 16:54:00

Good news but that profile again "young, cheap, good prospect and low wages" when are we going to sign some proven quality?
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14/07/2011 19:18:00

Too right Cornwall, It strikes me that the facts that we are currently three players down now on last year's squad, lost a key,key player in Cork and found our squad last season (essentially the same now) woefully inconsistent and inadequate might be a bit of a problem; one that prevents me sharing the optimism of some on here especially if our goal is automatic promotion. It should be our goal but it has to be matched by ambition and the club in my opinion have just a few weeks left to confirm they have enough of it by bringing in some new quality players. Not loans,not prospects but proven at this level
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15/07/2011 07:15:00

I can't see it for some reason tmp and cornwall. I think it would have happened by now, so I think we can take it as read that vast amounts of cash are not available and that the young and as yet unproven route is the one we're on. I don't think that this is something to be pessimistic about though, we still have a hell of a squad and the new youngsters that Eddie brings in could well fit in nicely. Ultimately, it's down to the manager and his motivational skills and how the players respond to him, and I haven't seen or heard anything negative about EH so far. I'm quietly confident about our prospects this season and I think there's every chance that EH will deliver. Talk to me in October :-)
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15/07/2011 11:14:00

I don't know what to say. I'm away for one day, and standards on here drop. None of you have mentioned that he's left-footed!!! Eddie has, quite rightly in my view, been saying we need left-side strengthening in central defence. He does the business, and you lot all drift off!!! :-) Oh well, I suppose errors are allowed in pre-season. :-) Welcome Ben. I would also argue that Mee proved himself with Leicester at this level lasts season. What was their record in the 14 games he played there last year?
Couch Potato
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15/07/2011 11:19:00

If he signed on NYD CP i expect the record for Leics would have been good as they were excellent from around this time until the last month or so of the season. I think this signing is a good thing. I wouldnt necessarily think of us as being three players down TMP. Kev Mc didnt feature last season so its touch and go whether you count him. Alex Mac also seems to be staking a claim for a first team spot? How good are our other youngsters? Are they good enough?The idea is for them to come through at some point. The point of having a youth system is for players who are good enough to come through in our first team, not be blocked by so called 'proven' players.
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15/07/2011 12:39:00

Ben Mee looks like a fantastic young player. He was influential for Leicester last season and did a consistently good job. Also, for a 21 year old he has had some experience captaining the City youth team to the FA Youth Cup, he has made his senior debut for Man City and he has played with them on pre season tours. In addition to this he is an England under twenty one international. Looks like we have some excellent young talent on our hands.
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15/07/2011 12:59:00

Looks to be good signing this lad , agree with Dale in that K McDonald , Thompson , Alexander & Carlisle are no loss on last seasons form , Cork is a loss although that is balanced by the return of McCann for me and with Austin & Pato back , A McDonald & Harvey added to the frame , we look a much better unit than last season , i'm sure Howe is looking to bring in 1 or 2 others and I dont care if they cost a million , a penny or are a loan as long as they add to what we have , looking forward to the season where we will be aiming for top 6 along with 23 other teams !
Bernie Lee
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15/07/2011 14:09:00

The point is not just whether they are a loss or not but whether we have cover should some players in an even smaller squad get injured or suspended. Cork was an OUTSTANDING player,one we should have bent over backwards to sign! Unless we get players of that quality (and they will cost) I can not see us pushing for automatic promotion and suspect we face a scrap with umpteen other teams trying to fight for four play off positions! It's a tall order with our current squad and we should not be in this position after a season in the Prem
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15/07/2011 15:49:00

Sorry TMP but we didn't have that much 'quality' last time we went up! As a squad I think Mee does strengthen the squad where it's needed. The thing with a young squad is that although they are inexperienced, they all have something to prove and are out to take the place of the 'Oldies'. Let's give them a chance eh?
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15/07/2011 21:17:00

The thing it we don't have time to give them a chance, if they fail and 2013 hits us we are buggered because salary caps then will be based on turnover! We already have a low turnover and gates will fall it we become established as midtable mediocrity again?
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15/07/2011 21:50:00

TMP - It is not necessarily a smaller squad. If Alex Mac and any of the other lads are stepping up to be a realistic option for a starting place. The squad we have now, in my opinion is stronger than the one which started our promotion campaign.
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16/07/2011 19:24:00

You can't debate seriously with people who want a young Jack Cork but don't want a young Alex McDonald. Jay should have never been given a chance or Chris McCann or Lafferty as in some of the above posters logic we need expensive experienced players to prove Jack Sh@t imo. I also agree with dale the squad is already bigger because of players back from injury and youngsters stepping up and dare I say it looks reasonably balaanced and better. I know we like hits on the site but some of the negative crap arguing black is white is becoming a real turn off
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