Date:Monday October 15 2007
Many Clarets fans were upset in the bad old days when we always seemed to sell our key players at critical times. In Steve's first season as gaffer, we saw Robbie Blake and Richard Chaplow (both popular with the fans) depart for pastures new. In his second season, it was the turn of Ade Akinbiyi to be despatched, this time to Sheffield United. Arguably all these deals, were good financially at the time, but in both cases around Xmas/January window, we seemed to suffer and plummett down to league having been in with a shout of the play-offs pre-Christmas.
Times have changed though and with the arrival of new director, Brendan Flood, the club seem to 'walk the talk 'in terms of ambition more than in recent years. We have steadfastly held on to key players like Northern Ireland International,Kyle Lafferty despite attentions from Celtic, Fulham and recently it would appear, Newcastle! It seems offers between £0.5-3 million are not enough to tempt the Club to sell our potential star of the future.
Not only that but the club have brought back two of its fans former idols, with both Robbie Blake and Ade Akinbiyi playing in Claret&Blue again.
The club, according to the local paper,the Lancashire Telegraph have been put on alert with the news now that former Clarets midfielder Richard Chaplow could be leaving the Baggies. Albion gaffer Tony Mowbray is believed to be considering offers for the 22-year-old former England Under 21 starlet according to West Midlamds sources.
Chappy has struggled to get a regular first-team place at The Hawthorns making only two Championship appearances in the starting eleven this season.
It is understood though that Stoke may be leading the chase for Chappy. Would however the Clarets also be interested in their former player? He was certainly a popular lad during his time at Turf Moor, He is also of course a local lad born in Accrington and a Clarets fan to boot.
Chaplow has said this in the past: 'Last time I went back I got a round of applause which was nice.
'Obviously, I support Burnley and I've been at the club since I was eight.
'I left on good terms and to further my career, it wasn't a fall-out or anything like that.'
Its pleasing to hear that, after the rumours flying around that he had some sort of bust-up with the gaffer.
In my opinion, we badly need a midfielder of Chappy's calibre and midfield is certainly our weakest area at the moment.
It will be interesting to see if Chappy's potential availability, whets the appetite of Steve Cotterill. A loan deal however, would be the only option until the January window opens in the New Year.
Go for it,Steve, lets make it a treble return. There surely must be more to attract Chappy to Turf Moor rather than flipping Stoke!
Date:Monday October 15 2007
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