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Rumour Mill-Montgomery for Our Midfield ?

Rumour Mill-Montgomery for Our Midfield ?

The Clarets along with Championship rivals Derby, Forest, Brighton, Leeds and Birmingham are reported to be in a tug-of-war for Sheffield United midfielder, Nick Montgomery.

The 30 year old has spent his entire professional career at Bramall Lane making over 350 appearances for the club.

He plays more as a defensive midfielder for the Blades.

In June 2010 he signed a new 3 year deal with the club after turning down Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, despite being a life long Leeds fan.

Montgomery although born in Leeds turned down an opportunity to play for England despite interest at the time from then manager, Sven Goran Erikson.

He decided instead to play for Scotland and indeed already has two Scotland Under 21 caps having also played for Scotland Futures against Poland in December 2005.

It would certainly be a cultural shock should the player move away from Bramall Lane and you have to ask whether Burnley are interested bearing in mind Eddie Howe's statement recently that they are not seeking additional permanent signings in the January window. You also wonder if his age would also count against him with Howe trying to reduce the average age of the squad.

Nevertheless, he would certainly provide some experience in the squad and it is not the first time we have been linked with the player although it has to be said not under Eddie Howe.

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Date:Sunday January 15 2012
Time: 10:39PM


This rumour, and I have seen it a lot now in various media reports does not seem to ring true to me but what do I know?
15/01/2012 22:42:00
I'm sure this is rubbish Phil. Doesn't fit EH's profile in any way.
15/01/2012 23:46:00
I very much doubt this will happen, don't even rate him to be honest though. Think Blackburn winning the league is more likely!!
15/01/2012 23:48:00
I know someone who is a good friend of one of his relatives. When I asked them last night if they had heard anything they checked with the relative who said not - BUT oddly didn't seem too sure. Experienced (Premiership?) midfielder who belts one in every now and then - could be interesting? On a big (BIG) plus side - he did knock Leeds back.
16/01/2012 06:24:00
Always thought we could benefit from signing a couple of experienced players. Whether this one would do the job I would leave to EH. However he does not fit what seems to be the EH type, ie young, promising and cheap.
16/01/2012 08:57:00
Why spend money on someone you're not likely to be able to sell at a profit later (if you need to) as opposed to spend it on someone who think you can (if you need to)? The reason would be if you think they can get you promoted. But, my sense is that the Board just isn't minded to risk repeating the trading mistakes of Coyle and Laws. Also, isn't the sort of central midfielder we lack more one who can unpick defences than one who can shore them up? Except perhaps, if this guy can cover at RB, I'd be a bit more interested. We missed Wado badly when our first choice RB was suspended at the same time as his cover was injured. For LB McCann can drop back, if both Easton and Mee were unavailable.
Couch Potato
16/01/2012 09:49:00
I think Coyle's trading mistakes actually involved bringing in kids they thought they could make a profit on but look what happened to Penny, Guerrero, Eckersley and the like. The only oldie that didn't work out was Van der schaaf! Would we have got promoted without the old, experenced hands of Alexander, Blake & co? Laws was a different kettle of fish but then we should never have taken him on board in the first place. Leon Cort and Chris Iwelumo says it all but to be fair to him, he did identify Jack Cork and had it not been for the club showing lack of ambition, he would now be a rising star for the Clarets with a price tag increasing far more than the other players to boot.
16/01/2012 10:19:00
Cant see this one being true - we seem to get linked with Monty a lot of the years.
16/01/2012 12:12:00
Maybe he has an aunty in Nelson, CD? TMP, if we don't get anything for Amougou, he (and Thommo) would have to be added as experienced players who Coyle bought in, who we later got shot of for nought. An argument could also be mounted that Penny was 'experienced' rather than 'a kid'.
Couch Potato
16/01/2012 13:01:00
Well yes, my point is we need experienced players like Thommo Amougou too was pretty good for us when he first came on board. I would consider neither of those two 'trading mistakes' even if we do/did get nowt for them in the end. The real mistakes Coyle made seemed to be on the more youthful side planning for the future. Diego Penny was only 24 I think when he came to Turf Moor and the only experience he had was playing in Peru. By experienced I would define that as 30 plus in this case
16/01/2012 13:23:00
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