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Stanislas Wings In as Elliott Sadly Wades Out!

Stanislas Wings In as Elliott Sadly Wades Out!

It was a frustrating and in the end disappointing day for Clarets fans as this summer`s transfer window finally came to a close at 11pm last night. Eddie Howe had whetted the appetite of Clarets fans by suggesting that we could be bringing in 2-3 players to boost a somewhat depleted squad. We were already down to the bare bones having lost three key players to long-term injuries and having embarked on a summer clearout to reduce both the average age of the squad whilst at the same time getting rid of the high-salary earners. Three of our key players, Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears and Danny Fox also additionally left Turf Moor to realise their ambitions elsewhere.

This left Eddie Howe saying earlier this week:

'We`re so thin on the ground body wise. Our squad (on Saturday) is what it is.

'Those are the 16 players who are fit, so we do need some new additions, we do need to add a little more depth.'

In answer to the question about bringing in some new faces before the window closes he said:

'Hopefully because we do need to add a couple.'

Unfortunately in the end we finished up worse off!

Nothing was happening on the Burnley transfer front in terms of announcements for most of the day and then finally in the late evening it was confirmed that we had signed one of our targets, 21 year old winger, Junior Stanislas from West Ham on a three-year deal. How much did we sign him for? Well, yes you guessed it! Another player arrives at Turf Moor for an undisclosed fee! Are they embarrassed or something? Are they scared we might do the maths and realise all the monies in for transfers out is far greater than the total for players in? Oh well, let`s be positive at least the exciting under England Under 21 international has arrived to become our 7th signing of the summer if you count the two loans and a third-string goalkeeper. He now joins his team mate from West Ham, Zavon Hines and there was some good news about Hines too yesterday. The two clubs have agreed a fee for the striker without having to go to a tribunal. So what was the fee? Yes, you have guessed it, undisclosed!!

Burnley fans at this stage following the good news about Stanislas were now hoping there would be some more last minute additions especially in defence. Ryan Shotton from Stoke had been a strong target according to reports and with Michael Duff facing 4-6 weeks off with a knee injury and both Clarke Carlisle and Leon Cort now out on season-long loans, it seemed crucial to bring in a central defender to boost the back four. In the end there was no movement at all and we can only surmise that the Shotton deal fell through probably because Stoke realised the long-throw expert was crucial to their plans with Delap now getting somewhat long in the tooth. Shotton had begun to make inroads into the Stoke first team recently both in the Premier League and Europa Cup. There is however still a chance in the loan market to do something about our dire situation in defence and there was some talk that West Brom former Rochdale defender, Craig Dawson could be a contingency option if we failed to sign Shotton.

With the clock ticking down, Burnley fans were also keeping a nervous eye on possible players leaving the club. It was a pretty nervous time for Clarets fans when Sky Sports had announced earlier in the day that Southampton were increasing their bid for Jay Rodriguez. £4.5 million had already been turned down by the club with a 'Not for Sale` sign slapped on the player although we all knew everybody including Jay Rod would have their price, particularly at Burnley! The question was would Southampton pay that price and would our clubs promotion chances take a severe nose dive? In the end, thankfully not with Rodriguez remaining a Clarets player at least until the January window opens in the New Year. It would appear that Southampton only made a derisory offer of £5 million with most fans believing a value of £6-8 million might have been enough for him to be sold; a sale which probably would have led to disgust and uproar at Turf Moor.

In typical true Burnley fashion though, the club still had to let us down when it was announced with minutes to go until the window closed that Wembley hero, Wade Elliott would be leaving Turf Moor after agreeing a two year deal with Birmingham. How much did we let him go for? Yep, you guessed it! Undisclosed! The 32 year old had seemed unhappy recently and over the weekend had been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest. The club in the form of media manager, Daz Bentley had apparently reassured fans via Twitter that there was no truth in the rumour and so it would prove. He simply signed for Birmingham instead. It is the end of an era. Wade had been six years at the club and of course will always be remembered for that winning Wembley goal; the one that saw the club promoted to the Premier League for the first time in its history! Of course, in isolation you could say, we had seen his best years but at 32, we have lost yet another experienced player and in effect have simply replaced one winger with another.

The only other transfer news regarding the Clarets related to a deal for 18 year old Burnley defender, Dean Overson. He moved to Bradford in a two year deal. Dean, son of Vince Overson who is in charge of our Centre of Excellence, had completed his two year scholarship last season but had been retained for further assessment following a lay-off with a broken ankle.

So that was it! Not the day I suspect most Clarets fans were hoping for and certainly one for me at least that was very, very disappointing. I just don`t understand what this club is trying to achieve but they have certainly achieved their target of reducing salaries and reducing the age of the squad. It was an average age of 24 when Brian Jensen returned in goal on Saturday. If you take the Beast and now Elliott out of the equation, we are even younger. But is that the right policy and do we now have enough experience, let alone enough players? We have to hope that Howe against all the odds can somehow get this team in the top six by Christmas but it doesn`t look like that will be easy to do especially if we suffer any more injuries or pick up suspensions.

Eddie Howe has also certainly virtually built his own team with all the players apart from Jensen now virtually younger than him! It remains a team in transition and one developing but I just fear this is the wrong time to be doing this and that we have the balance wrong. I think the bottom line taking away all the club hype and positive spin has been to do just one thing. Get the salaries down! I just hope that is not a big gamble and that we don`t struggle for survival this season. A demotion under our financial plight just isn`t worth thinking about. The Board in my opinion will now live or die on the decisions they have made this summer. I just hope they have this right, I really, really do!

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday September 1 2011
Time: 8:19AM

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Not reet good was it? Loans now I guess with the back four currently depleted. There is certainly some anger on Twitter
turfmanphil
01/09/2011 08:22:00
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Not reet good was it? Loans now I guess with the back four currently depleted. There is certainly some anger on Twitter
turfmanphil
01/09/2011 08:22:00
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What percentage of Bfc fans Twitter, anyone know? Are Twitterers representative of Bfc fans as a whole? Are Twitterers perhaps more inclined to be angry than non-Twitterers? Are Twitterers perhaps just a minority who feel that by shouting things will change, while a majority are perhaps a bit calmer, accepting that they don't have all the facts? What actually does anyone learn by listening to Tweets? Absent answers to these and similar questions, I haven't got a clue. So I would certainly advise Bfc not to put that much emphasis on what they hear there. Anyway, I'm blue that Wade is, but I've spent a lot of time on VB the last two years sticking up for him when many others have been groaning at him. You don't know what you've got till it's gone? As for the forwards we seem to be stockpiling, I don't know enough about the new ones yet to tell what options they bring us. I guess Eddie's guarding against the worst in Pato's case, and maybe assuming one or two will be sold on for profit in 6 months or a years time. I was told last night that Barca recently beat Villareal 5-0 playing 9 midfielders, one defender and no front men. Which says nothing but that football is full of surprises. Let's see what if any loans happen and build on the work in progress at Pride Park.
Couch Potato
01/09/2011 09:49:00
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What percentage of Bfc fans Twitter, anyone know? Are Twitterers representative of Bfc fans as a whole? Are Twitterers perhaps more inclined to be angry than non-Twitterers? Are Twitterers perhaps just a minority who feel that by shouting things will change, while a majority are perhaps a bit calmer, accepting that they don't have all the facts? What actually does anyone learn by listening to Tweets? Absent answers to these and similar questions, I haven't got a clue. So I would certainly advise Bfc not to put that much emphasis on what they hear there. Anyway, I'm blue that Wade is, but I've spent a lot of time on VB the last two years sticking up for him when many others have been groaning at him. You don't know what you've got till it's gone? As for the forwards we seem to be stockpiling, I don't know enough about the new ones yet to tell what options they bring us. I guess Eddie's guarding against the worst in Pato's case, and maybe assuming one or two will be sold on for profit in 6 months or a years time. I was told last night that Barca recently beat Villareal 5-0 playing 9 midfielders, one defender and no front men. Which says nothing but that football is full of surprises. Let's see what if any loans happen and build on the work in progress at Pride Park.
Couch Potato
01/09/2011 09:49:00
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The Twitterers (or is it Tweeters) tend to be the same group consistently and use the same hashtags in the main! I have detected a trend from totally supporting everything the Board do to one of concern and in some cases anger! Some of the original blatant positives for want of a better expression now seem to have doubts at the very least but there is still a hardcore of fans willing to bide their time and see how things pan out. In some ways so am I and want us to be successful but all I can see is a uphill struggle now. Put it this way there is not much margin for error especially if injuries/ suspensions kick in plus we are working with a small, young,inexperienced squad which is expected to now gel whilst still being described as being in transition
turfmanphil
01/09/2011 09:58:00
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The Twitterers (or is it Tweeters) tend to be the same group consistently and use the same hashtags in the main! I have detected a trend from totally supporting everything the Board do to one of concern and in some cases anger! Some of the original blatant positives for want of a better expression now seem to have doubts at the very least but there is still a hardcore of fans willing to bide their time and see how things pan out. In some ways so am I and want us to be successful but all I can see is a uphill struggle now. Put it this way there is not much margin for error especially if injuries/ suspensions kick in plus we are working with a small, young,inexperienced squad which is expected to now gel whilst still being described as being in transition
turfmanphil
01/09/2011 09:58:00
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Sounds like squad psychology is much improved. If you compare where we are now with where we would have been if we'd lost at Wembley, we're a much sounder organisation. If you draw up lists of players we had at various points over the last 3 years, I find it very difficult to point to one list that was all that much better than any other. We had a brilliant time in the sun with a manager who rode his luck. But even in the good times he was sewing the seeds of a squad psychological meltdown that he eventually sent into a chasm. Then we had a manager who was both lucky and unlucky to have the job of dealing with that psychological problem, and who failed, despite bringing in a lot of players, and hanging on to everyone by Fletch. While in terms of money and players, if you make detailed comparisons between a number of points in time, I reckon the evidence is that we did go down stronger. But in terms of the organisation's psychology we were shot to pieces, and now at last we have a gaffer who seems to tick more of the right boxes than the other two in know-how and commitment to do something about that. Therefore, while sharing everyone's worries about lack of depth in defence and central midfield, I find plenty of reasons to talk about things at last moving in the right direction after 18 months of somewhat rudderless turmoil. Obviously fans don't pay for the right to practice being patient. But my money is on their mood following the upturn in the sqaud's outlook on life over the next few months.
Couch Potato
01/09/2011 10:33:00
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Sounds like squad psychology is much improved. If you compare where we are now with where we would have been if we'd lost at Wembley, we're a much sounder organisation. If you draw up lists of players we had at various points over the last 3 years, I find it very difficult to point to one list that was all that much better than any other. We had a brilliant time in the sun with a manager who rode his luck. But even in the good times he was sewing the seeds of a squad psychological meltdown that he eventually sent into a chasm. Then we had a manager who was both lucky and unlucky to have the job of dealing with that psychological problem, and who failed, despite bringing in a lot of players, and hanging on to everyone by Fletch. While in terms of money and players, if you make detailed comparisons between a number of points in time, I reckon the evidence is that we did go down stronger. But in terms of the organisation's psychology we were shot to pieces, and now at last we have a gaffer who seems to tick more of the right boxes than the other two in know-how and commitment to do something about that. Therefore, while sharing everyone's worries about lack of depth in defence and central midfield, I find plenty of reasons to talk about things at last moving in the right direction after 18 months of somewhat rudderless turmoil. Obviously fans don't pay for the right to practice being patient. But my money is on their mood following the upturn in the sqaud's outlook on life over the next few months.
Couch Potato
01/09/2011 10:33:00
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Its a strange one on the one hand i agree with getting rid of the ageing players and the way EH as gone about the task, on the other hand is it the board just trying to cut costs at the Club and hope the fans buy into it my heart says it EH but my head points to the board. Saying that this should have been done last season by BL but don't think he had the backbone or confidence to do it. Like you all say only time will tell if it was the right way forward.
Fedupclaret
01/09/2011 11:16:00
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Its a strange one on the one hand i agree with getting rid of the ageing players and the way EH as gone about the task, on the other hand is it the board just trying to cut costs at the Club and hope the fans buy into it my heart says it EH but my head points to the board. Saying that this should have been done last season by BL but don't think he had the backbone or confidence to do it. Like you all say only time will tell if it was the right way forward.
Fedupclaret
01/09/2011 11:16:00
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