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Was Junior Wrong To Shun Senior?

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."

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Date:Saturday June 28 2014
Time: 8:24AM


I wish him well and thank him for the memories. I was never convinced that he and SD saw eye-to-eye tactically, though I can't personally point to anything specific. The hope that he'll be a regular starter under Howe, rather than a squad player on the Turf, must be strong. But do we ever know all of the factors when someone makes a decision like this?
Couch Potato
28/06/2014 09:11:00
"Howe made me choose this club. He understands me and the way I work," Stanislas told BBC Radio Solent. "He also gives you a lot of one-on-one time and attention, which is good to help develop my game. "It was a really difficult choice because Burnley are obviously offering Premier League football. "Once I found out that Eddie Howe was interested in signing me, there was only one place I wanted to go." Your comment about seeing eye to eye tactically with SD appears to be confirmed reading between the lines
28/06/2014 12:10:00
I think junior may have made a mistake here yes ,,,,he may just be thinking im never guna get a game here ,,, ,, but it don't come round that often ,,,,,Best Luck JUNIOR and thanks
28/06/2014 17:58:00
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