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Rumour Mill-Iwelumo to Become a Hornet?

Rumour Mill-Iwelumo to Become a Hornet?

Is this the power of the internet and club forums or just idle gossip and malicious rumour mongering?

Well one thing is for sure all eyes will be on the team coach tomorrow as the lads set of for their South West Tour. In particular will Chris Iwelumo be amongst them?

We may even have an indication tonight with Daz Bentley tweeting that the squad for the tour could be announced sometime later this evening.

The rumours simply wont go away and with journalists from the local media now tweeting that Chris Iwelumo could be off to Watford tomorrow and Watford forums suggesting he was down in Hertforshire today having a medical, you begin to think there is some truth in the speculation.

Iwelumo seemed to be having a good pre-season with a goal in each of our first two summer friendlies but did his face ever fit at Turf Moor? Certainly his goal tally dried up last season and many Clarets fans became critical and cynical regarding the Scottish international's performances on the pitch.

Eddie Howe is on record saying he wants to reduce the average age of the squad and with Thompson, Alexander and Carlisle (effectively albeit on loan) already off their books could another 30 something be about to follow suit?

The 32 year old former Wolves striker struggled to establish a regular first team place last season under Howe and he is also thought to be on a fairly high salary. I have heard he could have been on as high as £15k/week so if he does go,that should certainly free up some funds to bring one or two more players into the club before the season kicks off on Saturday 6th August..against,yep Watford at home!

We can but wait and see but if we lose a striker, do Clarets fans think we will need to find a replacement up front? Many may think not with Charlie Austin, Martin Paterson, Jay Rodriguez and youngsters like Wes Fletcher and Alex MacDonald all fighting for a place. Tell us what you think below the article.

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Date:Monday July 18 2011
Time: 6:43PM


The power of twitter or is the word 'twits' more relevant here? Will certainly be a bit of egg on a few faces if this never happens now! Don't think Iwelumo's style of play suits our own and he looked too far off the pace at times although it would have helped had he not missed so many sitters! Was willing to give him the benefit of doubt this season but now I might not need to. Burnley v Watford opener? mmmmmmmm
18/07/2011 18:55:00
I would be quite happy to keep him - especially with Thommo leaving - while I appreciate the drive for younger players the loss of Carlisle, Grezza and Iwelumo does take a lot of experience from our squad.
18/07/2011 18:58:00
As well as two captains!
18/07/2011 19:04:00
I would like to see a few more go before Iwelumo but saying that i think EH wants shut and don't think he going to be starting regular, and if you are right about his wage tmp expensive sub. Disappointing last season and if things don't go to plan this season think he could get some crap of the fans so he can go for me.
18/07/2011 19:09:00
If he does go, I tend to agree with CC. Some others are saying we would need a replacement up front. By that I think, someone tall that can score. We do need a target man probably but hopefully one that can hold the ball up and track back! Iwleumo seems more suited to 'hoof ball' and even then seems to miss far too often
18/07/2011 19:14:00
Carlisle's comments in the LET are very interesting tonight he's says he expected the gaffer to say ...we all fight for the shirts starting from the new pre season, what he actually said shocked Carlisle, Howe stated as saying to clarky he could leave the club as his didn't fit into Howes plans hes target age range is 24-28 ..... fair play he seems to have some balls does EH won't surprise me one bit if he carries on weeding the garden !!
18/07/2011 19:16:00
I think I would be getting worried if I was Duffy ? based on the comments above, I wonder if Howe is positioning he own age, that being younger players wont see him as a young manager where's as older players obviously do
18/07/2011 19:20:00
From some accounts Iwelumo as had a medical today and it will be the press tomorrow that he's leaving, hope you are right hollins about tiding the garden up, come on Eddie get your hands dirty.
18/07/2011 19:25:00
Howe also states CP no signing in whilst they are on the SW tour.... dough!!
18/07/2011 19:27:00
Yep Fed Up mentioned the medical in the article, although it's all Hornet forum gossip as far as I can make out. However Chris Boden at the BE has tweeted this-'Looks like Chris Iwelumo off to Watford tomorrow, hopefully clearing the way for a new face or two'
18/07/2011 19:28:00
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