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Rumour Mill-Pato a Blade Runner?

Paterson has been the subject of a lot of debate recently. Having come through a sequence of injuries, he now seems to be suffering performance-wise and this season, especially under new gaffer, Sean Dyche he has come in for a lot of stick! Would fans though be happy to see him leave Turf Moor?

There are lots of internet rumours circulating at the moment that Sheffield United could be considering a bid for the striker in the January window

But would Burnley be willing to let him go? He certainly seems to be a firm favourite of Sean Dyche and with Austin injured and likely to miss the next few games, he might get the chance to play as a striker rather than as a wideman. He is though out of contract at the end of this season and the club might be prepared to cash in now rather than risk losing him on a Bosman in the summer. Would the former Scunthorpe striker though relish the drop down to League One? He might be tempted considering the Blades are in with a good chance of promotion this season and are currently in second spot in the League 1 table. Former Claret, Kevin McDonald is also at Bramall Lane and might have a quiet word in Pato's ear if need be.

Pato has made 109 appearances and scored 33 goals for the Clarets since arriving from Scunthorpe United in July 2008 but the goals currently seem to have dried up and for some reason, he doesn't appear to be firing on all cylinders despite being regularly picked by the gaffer.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 31 2012

Time: 3:30PM

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Don't think too many tears would be shed now if Pato left despite once being a firm favourite. He seems to have overcome the injury proneness but now seems to have lost that sparkle and goal-scoring ability
turfmanphil
He couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo, get rid asap
Totally_Claret
I would be surprised if this one happens. We may well lose him on a free in the summer but SUFC would be unlikely to make a high bid anyway. I still hope Pato will be able to work his way back to better form - but any new contract for him would be on much reduced wages.
Claretdale
He couldn't hit a barn door. Could not score a penalty with no keeper in the goal. maybe that's a bit harsh he did hit that great chance in stoppage time on target straight at the keeper. Thanks for the memeries Pato but time to go.
grimsby claret
Is getting chances and missing them not better than not getting them at all?
Claretdale
Don't know why he suddenly can't hit a barn door! He used to be able to! Just wonder if the injuries have in some way affected his ability or confidence?
turfmanphil
My guess for what its worth is simply that he can't afford to be injured again this season, until he has a new contract or new club. In training he will come across well as he strives to get a deal and a starting shirt. When the kick off whistle blows as much as he probably doesn't want it to happen, the worry gremlins warn him to play within himself and the end product is what we are seeing. So it could be fixed imo.
VinRogue
Watch him join the Blades and regain his old form , then become Nugent2 and score every time he plays us. I tend to agree with the idea that he's worried about overstretching himself and damaging that hamstring again, although this is probably subconscious rather than deliberate. I'd love to see him score a cracker and resume normal service , after all he hasn't been that far from the cow's arse in recent matches , although a couple of strings probably need some fine tuning on the banjo.
WelshClaret
 

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