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Tindall and Loans- 'We might move again'

Clarets fans may be wondering if Burnley are still in the market for loan players before the window closes on Thursday this week.

Burnley brought in striker, Sam Vokes on loan from Wolves last Friday in a move which surprised many Clarets fans.

The main priority in many fans minds is to improve our defence but as yet Eddie Howe has struggled to find anybody suitable since the loan window opened. It is clearly an area we need to improve having now gone 7 games without keeping a clean sheet with only one to crow about in well over 30 matches.

The arrival of Vokes who signed a loan deal until the 15th January puzzled a number of fans in view of our apparant wealth of strikers on the books. Until Saturday we had five fit strikers in our squad before Vokes arrived-Charlie Austin, Jay Rodriguez, Zavon Hines, Alex MacDonald and Wes Fletcher. In addition of course both Martin Paterson (thigh) and Danny Ings (cartilage) were also making good progress and both could soon be available for selection in the New Year with Paterson the more advanced in his recovery.

Disaster struck however on Saturday when Charlie Austin dislocated his shoulder against Leeds at Turf Moor and had to be stretchered off in the 30th minute.

The news today is that the injury may not be as bad as first feared but Austin will still be out of action for some time.

Sam Vokes looks like he could be playing on a more regular basis now after replacing Austin and making his debut on Saturday.

So that of course begs the question, if we needed Vokes before the Austin tragedy, do we now need another striker to cover for Austin's injury?

The answer to that would appear to be yes based on comments from assistant manager, Jason Tindall on Saturday:

'We might move again, Sam came in to give us an extra body, and then we lose Charlie, so we`re still where we were before Sam came in.

"But it`s very difficult, a lot of clubs don`t want to let their players out on loan because similiar scenarios might happen to ours, when you lose a player to injury.

"Then you need to find a replacement yourself."

The fact we are still in the loan market might be heartening to hear but the rationale provided is based on our striker situation so what is happening about our defence?

There has been no recent comment from either Eddie Howe or Jason Tindall on that score and many fans are disappointed to say the least at the lack of success in that department to date.

We just seem to be muddling along with our current back four options and we have certainly tried numerous combinations but at the end of the day, our defence remains the weak link, week in, week out so something certainly needs to be done to sort it out.

We shall have to see if we manage to strengthen our defence either in the few days remaining of the loan market or indeed in the January transfer window which will soon be upon us.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 22 2011

Time: 1:15PM

Your Comments

Do you think by the end of the January window, we will still be muddling along with the defenders we have or will we have brought in some back-four reinforcements?
turfmanphil
Tough question and one I can't answer as the board say there is money available for players but no mention of how much.
Totally_Claret
Cannot see any coming in before the January window opens which is a surprize because of the situation we find ourselved in. Players will arrive in the January window but i also think some will leave.
Fedupclaret
My suspicion is that Charlie will be back partnering Jay Rod by the end of the window. Vokes might stay on to make a three pronged attack with Pato, Ings and Fletcher making up the midfield. I'm looking forward to the centre back pairing of Zavon Hines and Alex MacDonald leaving space for three new strikers to come in during January for left back, right back and goalie. Pavlyuchenko's only warming the bench at Spurs, i wonder what he's like between the sticks?
marjory blenkinsop
You been speaking to Neil Warnock by any chance MB?? ;-) lol
turfmanphil
We might move!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jason you may be moving yourself very soon if you don't start and pull your finger out on the training ground. Your move would be down south following Eddie with your tails between your legs, marking a good opportunity you both @@@@ed up.
waldron38
After yet another defeat (Brum) and with relegation staring us in the face, surely they have to move now both in the loan window (closes Thurs) and the Jan window when it opens! I just worry though its going to be the same old 'cant bet the ranch' argument even if that bloody ranch is getting more delapidated by the minute!!
turfmanphil
The problem is even worse now as we are a club 21st in The Championship looking for loan players that are experienced and capable of going straight into the side, I don't know of any English clubs that have players who fit our description. Buying in January will also be a problem if we are still in this position as we just will not be an attractive option to many experienced players. Did Alan Smith from Newcastle get a move? He is about the only player I can think of that is not playing at the moment and we just wouldn't pay his salary would we? W38
waldron38
Not sure its a ranch tmp more a stable with a donkey so where are the 3 wise men BK BF and JB...I may have opened the door for Couch and a Christmas pantomine + nativity all in one! Sorry
VinRogue
Donkey? I thought we got shut of Gifton Noel-Wlliams? lol There is a joke there somewhere about closing the stable door after the horse (Coyle) has bolted?
turfmanphil
Actually when I think about it, we don't even own the feckin ranch..er stable?
turfmanphil
Typical no loans on emergency loan deadline day and squad reduced by one striker (Wes Fletcher to Crewe). Has anybody got a clue at the club anymore?
turfmanphil
 

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