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The Loan Striker and Howe?

The Burnley gaffer, Eddie Howe suffered a blow over the weekend after news broke that new 19 year old striker, Danny Ings signed from Bournemouth only on the previous Monday had asuffered a bad injury in training.

Ings will require surgery to correct a cartilage injury in his knee and now looks set to be sidelined until at least the early New Year.

This was grim news considering we had also lost recently the services of Martin Paterson after he once more had a recurrence of the thigh problem which kept him sidelined for most of last season. He too faces a long spell out of the game whilst he recovers.

At the moment then we have three recognised first team strikers in Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Austin and last week's new signing from West Ham, 22 year old Zavon Hines.

You could also add to that list, Alex MacDonald who came on from the bench last Saturday in our home game against Cardiff.

Wes Fletcher could also be recalled from Accrington Stanley. He is on loan there until January but it is clear Eddie Howe really needs more senior experienced cover.

The expectation is that a loan could be the ideal solution to the situation with the transfer window also closing soon at the end of this month.

Eddie Howe has certainly not ruled out the possibility telling the Official Website:

'We might look to add to it. We didn't plan to go back in, but unfortunately we might have to. We'll see what's available.

'We've got Alex MacDonald who came off the bench on Saturday. He's done really well in pre-season so I don't think we are desperate.

'We might just look who's available and see what we do.'

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 22 2011

Time: 6:09PM

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Not sure who will still be available before the transfer window closes and the loan wndow remains open for a time after but it might be a good idea to provide cover. Not sure it should be a priority though especially if Austin continues to improve and Hines begins to impress
turfmanphil
Not sure who will still be available before the transfer window closes and the loan wndow remains open for a time after but it might be a good idea to provide cover. Not sure it should be a priority though especially if Austin continues to improve and Hines begins to impress
turfmanphil
Don't think we need to bring any strikers in on loan unless they are better than the ones we have and barring Injury, we have two sat on the bench and you have start giving the likes of MacDonald 20 minutes here and there at some point, if another gets injured we could always re-call Fletcher, an experienced centre-back in dare I say captain material!!!
8clarets8
Don't think we need to bring any strikers in on loan unless they are better than the ones we have and barring Injury, we have two sat on the bench and you have start giving the likes of MacDonald 20 minutes here and there at some point, if another gets injured we could always re-call Fletcher, an experienced centre-back in dare I say captain material!!!
8clarets8
Tend to agree 8c8, we need the defence strengthening first and I so hope Shotton comes on board! Still think we need a bit of a live wire in midfield after losing Cork too before we bring in another forward!!
turfmanphil
Tend to agree 8c8, we need the defence strengthening first and I so hope Shotton comes on board! Still think we need a bit of a live wire in midfield after losing Cork too before we bring in another forward!!
turfmanphil
Lone striker? No, I think we should always play two up front.
Couch Potato
Lone striker? No, I think we should always play two up front.
Couch Potato
You have good arguments, dear sirs. Yes, it could be udeful with one more striker, but it is not needed. What in my opinion is needed is a permanent solution on the R.B where Trippier now raids, one permanent replacement for Carlisle - where Mee now plays and seriously consider a back-up for Easton - also permanently. We don't need more strikers, or midfielders. Its the defence that hurts come next year.
nor-claret
You have good arguments, dear sirs. Yes, it could be udeful with one more striker, but it is not needed. What in my opinion is needed is a permanent solution on the R.B where Trippier now raids, one permanent replacement for Carlisle - where Mee now plays and seriously consider a back-up for Easton - also permanently. We don't need more strikers, or midfielders. Its the defence that hurts come next year.
nor-claret
We are undoubtedly thin in some areas NC and the focus has been on attacking cover rather than the threadbare defence. Injuries across the back four could hurt us badly. Trippier has impressed so far - especially at Palace where he was one of our best players imho.
Essex Claret
We are undoubtedly thin in some areas NC and the focus has been on attacking cover rather than the threadbare defence. Injuries across the back four could hurt us badly. Trippier has impressed so far - especially at Palace where he was one of our best players imho.
Essex Claret
E.C. You are very right; injury in the back four and there is a problem.. Mee can step in for Easton if injured, true, but what happens if Tripps get a knock? Recall Eckersley from Canada?
nor-claret
E.C. You are very right; injury in the back four and there is a problem.. Mee can step in for Easton if injured, true, but what happens if Tripps get a knock? Recall Eckersley from Canada?
nor-claret
Don't think Eckersley is too keen on coming back to Burnley. He sounds fed up with the club as no-one from the club has bothered to find out how he's been doing. Check Toronto FC link for his comments. Don't mind who Eddie brings in as long as they defenders or midfielders
canadaclaret
Don't think Eckersley is too keen on coming back to Burnley. He sounds fed up with the club as no-one from the club has bothered to find out how he's been doing. Check Toronto FC link for his comments. Don't mind who Eddie brings in as long as they defenders or midfielders
canadaclaret
Couch ya nutter!!, you made me spill my coffee with laughter this morning with ya sad lone striker joke ! lol
hollinsclaret
Couch ya nutter!!, you made me spill my coffee with laughter this morning with ya sad lone striker joke ! lol
hollinsclaret
1000% need to re-enforce because Austin complaining he had a niggle, he goes down and then their were two, the problem with Hines is his career is injury plagued, he he pulls up then we are down to just jay, we need options but defence and midfield are really light defo need a quick left back and some one to replace Cork/Eagles, but I say it again how good would we have looked with Cork and Eagles still in the team, and with hindsight how pitiful does your 4m look now that 4m was the key to promotional success for us, in real terms that deal could cost us 100M within one short season ! but lets who we bring in before I start again
hollinsclaret
1000% need to re-enforce because Austin complaining he had a niggle, he goes down and then their were two, the problem with Hines is his career is injury plagued, he he pulls up then we are down to just jay, we need options but defence and midfield are really light defo need a quick left back and some one to replace Cork/Eagles, but I say it again how good would we have looked with Cork and Eagles still in the team, and with hindsight how pitiful does your 4m look now that 4m was the key to promotional success for us, in real terms that deal could cost us 100M within one short season ! but lets who we bring in before I start again
hollinsclaret
 

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