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.