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Eddie and the Loan Beast?

Eddie Howe knows it is going to be difficult this season to keep both our regular goalkeepers happy. Both Lee Grant and Brian Jenson have thrown their toys out of the pram in recent times after being unable to secure a regular first team place.

Howe agonised over his choice of keeper for the opening game this season at home to Watford on Saturday and in the end plumped for Lee Grant which perhaps surprised a few Clarets fans.

"It was a really tough call - probably the hardest decision I had to make," the gaffer had to admit

"Both goalkeepers have pushed each other and while they`ve both been excellent Beast (Jensen), through no fault of his own, has found himself out of the team.

"I had to pick one.

"Granty hasn`t conceded a goal in pre-season and I said I`d pick the best goalkeeper.

"It was an incredibly difficult decision."

Brian Jensen is not likely to be a happy bunny particularly if he continues to be sidelined and it would appear Eddie Howe might be prepared to loan him out now that we also have a third-string keeper. Jon Stewart signed a one year deal with the club last week after a pre-season trial when he played in three of the friendly games during the summer. The 22 year old was a free agent after being sacked by Bournemouth in April

Howe continued:

"Whoever I left out was going to be disappointed and probably say that they wanted to go out on loan to play because they`re both experienced goalkeepers and they`re both good enough to play in the Championship.

"So keeping them both happy is going to be difficult if not impossible, so we`ll have to look at what develops over the coming weeks.

"There`s a possibility of a loan spell. I rate them both very highly.

"Unfortunately there`s only one position up for grabs."

So what do you think? Let us know below this article. Would you be happy to see an unproven, rookie goalkeeper on the bench or do you think there could be a danger in that? It seems the logical thing to do to me. At least this way both main keepers will be playing regularly and of course we can always recall Jensen should we need to.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 8 2011

Time: 11:57AM

Your Comments

You can very much see now the logic of bringing in a third-string keeper. Stewart might get a game or two afterall
turfmanphil
Maybe Fergie is looking for a keeper on loan, till his 18million young lad recovers confidence after his absolute shocker at Wembley yesterday?
Couch Potato
Never could understand why we brought in a third keeper could it be trying to off load one of the big wage keepers, would not think Stewart will be on that big of a wage at this moment in time. Could this be the end of the Beeeeeeeeast.
Fedupclaret
hmmm It's will be interesting to see who is between the posts against Burton tomorrow that could give us an indication has to which way this is going to pan out, I was never convinced we really needed a third keeper.
8clarets8
With three keepers it makes financial sense to save wages by sending one out on loan. Which one and would he be happy to go out on loan? Seems likely to be beasty at the moment, if so I would be sorry as I have a lot of affection for him as a clarets stalwart but EH is obviousle best placed to make the decision.
cornwallclaret
Totally agree with TMP, masterful stroke from Eddie in terms of the psychology i.e. grant or beast not prepared to sit on the bench! if one goes on loan and we are no worst off cos we then have a real reserve no1 but without any of the toys out of the pram scenario, he's smart our Eddie.
hollinsclaret
As a Football Coach I have watche the beast & Grant overall Grant is a better Goalkeeper
Albmaleaf claret
Don't think there is much to choose between Grant and Beast. Both are as good, or as bad, as each other and that is why Eddie probably can't make a final choice. It's a bit like Ron Greenwood with Clemence and Shilton ! The lad from Bournemouth seems a bit of a loose cannon so having three keepers might not be such a bad idea.
RickersTwickers
I think the thing that might have separated the two is in terms of distribution. Grant looked to throw out to defenders at every possibly opportunity on Saturday, often to the detriment of the team. On at least 3 occasions he rushed it and put our players under pressure with quick throws. I think Eddie is looking for us to break quickly and it is clearly an instruction. Jensen does struggle with that tactic, preferring to wait until everyone has bunched into the centre circle before launching an erratic hoof. On this basis Grant is the better 'keeper but The Beast has that Danish brilliance of being a tremendous one-on-one goalkeeper, certainly the best we've had at the Turf in the last 30 years. I think I'd plump for The Beast and would play him tomorrow for sure. Otherwise a loan move makes sense.
cubanclaret
Technically i think Marlon Bersesford was hard to beat, good all rounder, Alan stevenson my favorite
Albmaleaf claret
Alan Stevenson was better than both beast and grant Albmaleaf but who should our number 1 keeper be now Jenson for me.
Grimsby Claret
Too young to remember him really but Adam Blacklaw was pretty damn good too by all accounts,but yes as a kid from the 70s,my era, Stevenson was by far the best. We had some dodgy ones like Peter Mellor etc during that period but Alan was the one that brought stability in front of goal
turfmanphil
Stevenson was the man for sure, but I still remember Blacklaw when I was a kid and just starting to get hooked on Burnley. And what I remember is that he was an excellent shot stopper in the same way that the Beast is. Jensen's distribution improved a lot after his lay-off last season, and I don't really know what it is about Grant but I feel a lot more confident when the Beast is between the posts.
WelshClaret
Can anyone remember how long each of Grant and Jensen are contracted for? I had a close look at Stewart in warm-up and for last 20 mins at Torquay. Big lad and athletic. My instincts were that he might be a good keeper one day, and would not be bad for a back-up now. Personally I wouldn't want to make too much of the reports of one disciplinary incident, and I'm sure he'll be getting lots of advice on making sure it was a one-off.
Couch Potato
I remember Colin MacDonald ( England international and the best ever Burnley goalkeeper ) but you are all too young. I prefer Beast to Grant now.
snorbens claret
Absolutely agree Colin MacDonald was the best until injury cruelly curtailed the career of a wonderful goalkeeper.
cornwallclaret
 

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