Taking a Look at Jutkiewicz and Two Trialists!
Burnley beat the likes of Bolton and Wolves to the signing of 25-year-old striker, Lukas Jutkiewicz this week. Middlesbrough agreed to accept £1.5 million in the end according to reports and he duly arrived having signed a three-year contract. Jutkiewicz cost Middlesbrough £1.3m to sign the striker from Coventry City in January 2012 but last season he was sent out on loan to Bolton where he scored seven goals in 20 appearances.
Burnley`s capture of Jutkiewicz was indeed particularly bad news for Bolton who had been hoping to re-sign him this time on a permanent deal following his loan spell there last season. The Premier League though has a bigger pull than the Championship and Bolton were joined in their disappointment by Wolves, who made a latch ditch attempt to scupper the move, Wigan and Derby.
Jutkiewicz started his career at Swindon before joining Everton for £1m in March 2007 at the age of 18. He only notched up one game for the Toffees though before moving to Coventry in July 2010 for an undisclosed fee having agreed a three year deal. During his time at Goodison Park he also had loan spells at Plymouth, Huddersfield and Motherwell. Following a loan spell at Boro in January 2012 he joined them permanently. The loan spell was actually a means to an end and Burnley were involved at the time. The loan was instigated as a means to allow Jutkiewicz to play in that day's game against Burnley because a permanent transfer had not been completed in time. Following the game against Burnley, the club confirmed the permanent transfer! He scored 11 goals in 64 appearances at the Riverside.
Although not having represented his country to date, if the time comes he will have a choice of three, international countries. He was born in Southampton allowing him to play for England should they become interested but he also has a Polish grandfather and an Irish grandmother. So which one would he choose? England, Poland or the Republic of Ireland? Well the player by all accounts has made no decision on which country to represent so far so let`s see if a career with Burnley in the top flight catches the attention of any of the three international managers.
Sean Dyche talking about his new signing said this week:
"We`re looking forward to getting him into the group and making him feel welcome here.
"I still think there is development in Lukas, he`s 25 and has been around a little bit now and he finished last season very strongly.
"I feel there is even more to come and he`ll be hungry for that. He`ll be working with a good group who are all hungry to not only achieve things but to keep pushing themselves as individuals.
"That`s a big part of our mentality and he`ll fit into that very nicely.
"He`s a physical presence who can hold the ball up very well and link play. We think there is goals in him and it is very similar to the Sam Vokes story where he`s always done well and we`re looking for him to build on what he`s done.
"There is a nice demand now in that area of the pitch as all the players offer something different to the team so we`re happy with how that is developing."
Jutkiewicz linked up with his Clarets' teammates for their pre-season training camp in Bad Waltersdorf, Austria this week and is expected to make his debut in the friendly against Austrian side FC Grossklein on Sunday.
"I`m looking forward to getting as much action as I possibly can," said Jutkiewicz who also commented on the "the gaffer`s day" challenge in which boss Sean Dyche tests the physical and mental strength of his players.
"It`s been described as more of a mental battle and you can see the strength mentally from the squad last season, how they push themselves over the line and it`s things like those sorts of exercises that can get you there,"
"It`s always good to get in as early into pre-season as possible and I was keen to get here for the training camp because it`s a good way to integrate yourself with a new team.
"I will be working as hard as I can to get as fit and as sharp for the new season."
There was just the one main signing this week although a couple of trialists were also in the news.
19-year-old striker, Kaiyne Woolery was already on trial from his current club, Tamworth FC having spent two weeks at Turf Moor. The good news is that his trial has now been extended by a further month so things are looking promising for the youngster!
Tamworth boss Dale Belford talking about the news said:
"I spoke to Burnley at the beginning of the week and they asked if they could keep Kaiyne there for longer,
'We want the best for him at the end of the day so we have allowed him to stay on.
'From the reports I have had, Kaiyne seems to have done well there.
'I think Burnley are waiting for the opportunity to have a look at him in some pre-season games.
'I think they feel he needs some game time before they make a final decision.
'At the end of the day, as I have said before, we just want the best for the lad and hopefully something happens for him.
'He is keen to stay on and try to prove himself there and ultimately he has to take the decision on where he wants to be.'
It was also revealed this week that according to Sky Sports we were also looking at American winger Gboly Ariyibi. The 19 year old born in West Virginia is by all accounts on trial at Turf Moor although there has been no official club confirmation. The club though rarely do comment on trialists to be honest but no doubt we can put two-and-two together if we have trialists in the team out in Austria and during the other pre-season friendly games. Ariyibi arrived in the UK from the USA in 2005 after being scouted by Southampton.
He spent eight years at St Mary`s in their academy before moving on to Leeds last summer. Former Leeds boss Brian McDermott described the winger as very, very quick and an exciting player but not enough it seems to earn himself a contract at the club. Ariyibi left Elland Road at the end of last season after new gaffer Mauricio Pochettino decided not to offer him a professional deal. The winger though did manage two Championship appearances last season with Leeds and also had a loan spell at Tranmere where he made another two appearances at League 1 level.