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Jumping on the Vokes Wagon?

Vital Burnley brought you rumours early on Friday that according to both the Daily Mail and Daily Express. Burnley had already signed striker, Sam Vokes on loan from Wolves despite their being no official announcement by the club.

Well later in the day, with most Clarets fans heading home from work for the weekend, it was finally announced by the club that it was indeed a done deal. The 22 year old Welsh international striker would now be a Clarets player at least until the 15th January after agreeing the loan move.

The striker would wear the Number 19 shirt and would be available if required to play in Saturday`s game at home to Leeds.

We all now know what happened with Sam Vokes named on the bench and coming on after just 30 minutes to replace the injured Charlie Austin who had to be stretchered-off after yet again dislocating his shoulder following a bad fall.

In the end it was a good solid debut by Vokes without being spectacular but either way he now looks certain to be a more regular starter in the team following the injury to Austin.

With the benefit of hindsight of course, Howe now looks to have been vindicated in deciding to strengthen the attack despite most Clarets fans as top priority agitating for improvements to the back-four. Howe though unless he had some sort of premonition could not have foreseen the Austin tragedy so what was his thinking behind the move for Vokes?

Clarets fans of course feared that the signing may have been a contingency with fears that one of our main strikers could be sold in the January transfer window. Jay Rodriguez was the main concern of course following interest from Southampton and some Premier League clubs in the summer. But would Charlie Austin, our leading goal scorer with 9 goals so far this season (eight of them in the Championship) not also attract potential interest from high-spending, high-ambition clubs? Would the Clarets, clearly in a pickle following this week`s announced £4 million loss in the last financial year be able to resist such offers even if that decimated our chances of survival let alone promotion? In a bizarre twist, Austin`s injury may well now keep the wolves at bay since he faces a potential long lay-off but even so we do seem to still have a rich seam of strikers waiting in the wings casting doubt on why we needed to bring Vokes to the club.

In terms of fit strikers at the moment in addition to Vokes, we currently have Jay Rodriguez, Zavon Hines, Alex MacDonald and Wes Fletcher.

Martin Paterson is also not too far off making a return and looks set to be ready for first team action again in the early New Year. He too though has been linked with interest from other clubs including Portsmouth under Steve Cotterill. Cotterill has since of course left for Forest and it will be interesting to see if he also sees a role for Pato at the City Ground.

Let`s also not forget 19 year old striker, Danny Ings who is also on the road to recovery after damaging his cartilage during training a few days after joining the club.

What are the chances come the end of the January window of still having all eight strikers on our books? Does Howe himself think it will be some sort of miracle if we do keep them all on our books? What is the intention after Vokes loan completes on the 15th January? Will they be looking at a possible extension or indeed a permanent move? These are all questions that nobody can answer or will answer. The only clue Eddie Howe has given for signing Vokes is in relation to Alex MacDonald.

Howe revealed Vokes` arrival could mean Alex MacDonald will now be loaned out in order to get some more competitive games under his belt.

"That was our plan for him this season, but with the injuries we`ve had we`ve not been able to do that," said the Burnley boss.

"There`s nothing lined up yet. We`ll look at that next week."

It looks like that idea will be shelved again now though in light of Austin`s injury!

Maybe we should just not bother questioning the rationale at the moment anyway for signing Vokes and instead focus on the player and simply enjoy what he can clearly offer our attack. There is no doubting his talent

Eddie Howe of course certainly knows about those talents too having been his boss at Bournemouth. Vokes left Dean Court and signed for Wolves in May 2008 after agreeing a four-year deal but has had to play second fiddle at Molineux since that time only playing 47 times for the club and scoring 6 goals. A succession of loan spells followed at Leeds, Bristol City, Sheffield United and Norwich City.

He is however highly regarded and is currently bang on form. Vokes has just returned from International duty with Wales after scoring twice in their 4-1 friendly win over Norway and is quite capable given the chance of scoring at a rate of one goal every 3-4 games if his record at Dean Court is anything to go by.

Howe talking about the player said:

"I think he will compliment the strikers we already have and fit nicely into the squad.

"I know his attitude and all the qualities he has.

"He has a winning mentality so I know he will do well for us, and he`s different to the lads we have in stature and physical presence.

"He is someone whose career I`ve monitored since he left. He came through in a flash as a 16-year-old and burst onto the scene. He did really well and deservedly got his move to Wolves.

"He`s done well in the Premier League and scored goals there, and at international level.

"He had a good weekend scoring twice for Wales so he`s a striker in form."

When questioned about his own talents, Vokes offered the following:

"I feel I offer a physical presence up front, which is the main part of my game and for people to work off me.

"But I`ve got other parts of my game which I can bring to the team as well. I like to work hard for the team and get the goals when I can."

We hope those words will soon be put into action and he certainly made a reasonable first impression during his debut considering it was the first time he had played with his new team mates after just one day at the club.

Burnley FC though have certainly been unlucky with strikers this season that`s for sure! Pato makes a comeback and then succumbs to yet another thigh injury in his first game back! Danny Ings signs and then injures himself in training before getting a chance to impress. Austin makes a comeback in the summer after recovering from a dislocated shoulder and now cruelly suffers the same injury again! Sometimes you think the whole world is against you! Who invented the phrase 'You make your own luck in this game`? Was he having a laugh?

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Date:Sunday November 20 2011

Time: 3:51PM

Your Comments

I know it's a good job we did bring Vokes in after the Austin injury but I still can't get my head round it! I just sense there is more to this move than meets the eye and more than Howe is letting on! On well thank gawd we don't have a grassy knoll on the Turf! ;-) Now someone please tell me why we cant defenders in on loan?
turfmanphil
Spot on Phil. Maybe the club thinks you can play this game without the need to have any defenders!!!! After all we have the luxury of 6 defenders we are happy to use, 2 of which are not even our players. Why would you bother signing any more of these irrelevant passangers in a team, they must be a waste of wages?? I have given up trying to work out what is going on behind the scenes at our club. We might all be accused of being armchair football managers, but the quality and number of defenders we have is a complete joke.
deadlydave
I may be in a minority but I think we should have been looking at the possibility of losing Eagles, Fox and Cork far earlier than we appeared to do. We should have been lining up cover for the possible loss of these players. Therefore with the possibility that we may have big bids for Jay, Austin (prior to Saturdays injury)or indeed a fit Pato to cope with in the January window, I see this as a great loan signing and only wish we could do the same with midfield and defence. W38
waldron38
Non of our strikers will leave the club this season. Or the board are not the Burnley supporters we have been led to believe. Hence Jay, Charlie and Pato will be staying, they are going nowhere.
Grimsby Claret
Grimsby, it someone flashes silly money for Jay Rod say £6 million plus this Board,fans or not will get shot and all those fans who live in cloud-cuckoo land will be saying what a good bit of business it was, never mind the fact that we could be in the bottom three by Christmas.
turfmanphil
Got to be honest and say that I was a bit bemused about signing yet another striker, and began wondering whether someone was leaving ? But J Rod is the only one who fits the bill but he's Burnley through and through ,and has made it clear he wants to stay. Anyway, apart from all that, Vokes is a very good player who can do a good job for us especially now that Austin is sadly injured again. We need to make sure we’ve always got players in the box ready to receive his immaculate knock-ons into the danger area. Now let’s look for and ace defender Eddie.
WelshClaret
Doncaster sign defender Habib Beye on a 3 month loan deal from Villa...how did they manage that? thought there were no defenders out there?
8clarets8
According to Howe there are no better defenders out there who would offer anything better than what we have! God help us!
turfmanphil
I hear Andy O'Brien is available from Leeds? Experienced 32 year old! Is that too old? And yes I know he has told Leeds he doesn't want to play for them again. There are defenders out there. Is Caldwell playing fro Birmingham? Still seems a strange decision to off-load him when we did.
Stuart75
Aye was going to mention O'Brien but yep bet 32 is too old! If I was brutally honest I reckon Caldwell and Carlisle would have been tighter in the centre of defence. Fox and Mears are also certainly missed too
turfmanphil
TMP. Would you recall Carlisle from Preston if you were the manager?
Stuart75
I'd rather Howe stopped pfaffing about and either signed a top quality centre back or at least played Amougou!
turfmanphil
 

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