Rumour Mill-Fowler, Lafferty and the Scissor Kid!
It`s been a funny old week with Burnley linked with a number of perhaps surprising players including Kyle Lafferty and Robbie Fowler. We are also reported to be giving a trial to Vitesse Arnhem winger, Julian Jenner . He is affectionately known as the 'Scissor Kid' due to his skills, pace and stepovers..
The Lancashire Telegraph reported on Thursday that Burnley had given a week`s trial to the 28 year old Dutch man.
The former NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar wingman plays predominantly on the right flank but can also play in a striking role. His height (6ft 1in) is clearly also an advantage up front
His contract however with Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem expires in the summer and he is understood to be looking for a new club.
Jenner though has not played much this season making just ten appearances for the Dutch side and scoring one goal. Eddie Howe will therefore need to take a close luck before considering a permanent deal.
He was on the books of a number of Dutch clubs including Feyenoord before finishing his youth development with NAC Breda. Jenner signed his first professional contract with them at the start of the 2003/04 season. He later signed a three-year deal with AZ Alkmaar in 2006. His early career showed great promise and he became a Dutch Under 21 international in 2007 helping them retain the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. The early promise though then seemed to fade and he was loaned out to Vitesse in 2008/09 (the last year of his contract) before making the move permanent. Jenner though also struggled to make an impression at the Gelre Dome and in the last two seasons has been sent out on loan to Rot Weiss Ahlen and former club, NAC Breda.
Speculation this week that Burnley could be interested in bringing back Rangers striker, Kyle Lafferty to Turf Moor would also not for the first time appear to be wide of the mark
he speculation seems to have stemmed from Rangers financial predicament with the club in administration and some of their players reportedly willing to defer their wages until the end of the season.
However it would appear that the club`s administrators Duff and Phelps have said it is "highly unlikely" they would agree to the proposals. The alternative solution suggests 11 members of the playing staff could be made redundant with others being asked to take a pay cut.
It is believed that the administrators would only be prepared to allow all the players to stay at the club if they agreed to cut their wages to a quarter of current levels.
Burnley sold Kyle Lafferty to Rangers for £3 million in the summer of 2008 but his value is now thought to be only £1.75 million. The club could now also be willing to sell him for far less due to their financial plight. Lafferty is out of contract at the end of next season and although the vultures appear to be circling, Burnley are not thought to be one of them and the rumour indeed looks wide of the mark.
From the sublime to the ridiculous?
The Daily Mail reported this week that Robbie Fowler is considering his next move after failing to agree terms with Blackpool and having stopped training at Bloomfield Road. Burnley along with Hull and Doncaster Rovers were then reported to be monitoring the player.
The 36-year-old had been training with the Tangerines and was thought to have been offered £100 per week with an extra £5,000 for every first-team appearance.
But Blackpool boss Ian Holloway said:
'I had a chat with [chairman] Karl [Oyston] and his idea of what Robbie could do didn't match up with Robbie's.
'I had a go, he enjoyed it here but he doesn't feel the club's right for him.'
The England international began his career at Anfield and had two spells with Liverpool also playing for Leeds, Manchester City, Cardiff and Blackburn.
He also spent the last three years with three different teams in Australia and Thailand.
Do we really need a 36 year old on our books, even if it is Robbie Fowler? The logic of our interest simply does not seem to stack up against the strategy of Eddie Howe so once again the speculation surely must be very wide of the mark.