Was Junior Wrong To Shun Senior?
Junior Stanislas was offered a new contract at Turf Moor this summer and the chance to play in the top flight next season. This week though the 24 year old winger decided to turn his back on that chance and instead remain in the Championship after agreeing to join Bournemouth and rejoin his former Burnley boss, Eddie Howe. He has agreed a three-year deal with the Cherries after joining them on a free transfer. Stanislas though has played in the Premier League before and made more than 40 top flight appearances for West Ham before leaving his boyhood club for the Clarets in August 2011. It was Eddie Howe who signed the former England Under 21 international and brought him to Turf Moor on transfer deadline day for an undisclosed fee.
Has Junior made the right decision? You would probably have to say that he has. Under Sean Dyche, he has found opportunities limited even in the Championship and faced heavy competition last season with Kightly, Wallace, Treacy and Arfield all vying for a starting eleven place out wide. The news that Kightly was about to sign permanently was probably also a factor in his decision although Keith Treacy looks set to be leaving unless he can impress in a pre-season trial.
Eddie Howe certainly believes he has made the right decision. Speaking to the Official Club Site he said:
"He had a big decision to make with the lure of the Premier League, and I`m sure he would have been given a chance at Burnley, It would have been difficult for him to turn down, but thankfully he chose us and the opportunities we will give him.
'We hope to give him the platform to play his best football and hopefully our philosophy fits in with him.
'With a young family, it would have been difficult to leave Manchester but, having seen all those things, I`m sure it`s a decision he won`t regret.'
Talking about the move Stanislas said:
"After careful deliberation I have decided to turn down the offer of a contract extension with Burnley Football Club and move on to pastures new.
"I would like to thank the Burnley fans for their support over the three years. The crowd reaction after I scored against Blackburn will live with me forever.
"I wish my team-mates, the fans and all the staff every success for the coming season in the Premier League."