Date:Tuesday January 22 2008
I guess I am really writing this article to tempt fate. Having a go, highlighting my disappointment and frustrations about the fact we have not done anything in this January's transfer window except sell our key player (Andy Gray) and bring in one solitary loan (Varga), may well lead to me having egg on my face today if Burnley announce the 3-4 signings we are understood to have in the pipeline.
It is now the 22nd January though and we only have 9 days left of the January window. At the moment our squad is woefully small. Lets not forget we have one less now that Andy Gray has departed wiping out the one new face, Stan Varga who has arrived.
The situation is even worse because we have released Jay Rodriguez on loan up to Stirling Albion until the end of season and it will be interesting to see if Steve Jones gets a chance to return to Crewe on loan for a month (or longer if extended).
If Jones does go out on loan and no new faces come in, we will probably have the smallest squad in the League (22 players with one of them Adam Kay, a young 2nd year apprentice). This will be at a time when we are only four points off the play-off positions and could still finish up in the Top Flight for the first time since 1976.
It must surely be crucial therefore that we pull out all the stops to get some new faces in and quickly. We cant take the risk of tiredness, injuries and suspensions taking their toll in such a small squad. If one or two players suddenly hit bad form as well, we could be scuppered and finish in our normal way-Midtable Mediocrity!
All the noises coming from Turf Moor from Kilby, Flood and Coyle are positive. Flood says all the money (£1.5 million) from the Gray deal will be given to Coyle for players. So there must now be quite a pot considering that we were going to bring in players even before we sold Gray.
We are informed that there are 3-4 players being looked at. The short-list would appear to be Alan Lee from Ipswich, Glenn Whelan from Sheffield Wednesday, Barry Robson from Dundee United and Derek Riordan from Celtic.
However there has been more denials from Ipswich concerning Lee over the weekend and yesterday it looks like we had given up on signing Riordan after Celtic turned down a bid believed to be in the £400-500k region.
Gregg Whelan looks the most obvious player we could seduce to come to Turf Moor with Barry Robson looking the most difficult after reports that a number of Premier League clubs might be interested in his services.
I am sure I heard Owen Coyle say on Radio Lancs last week that we had more or less agreed a fee for one un-named player but we had to wait until after the weekend to complete the fine detail because his current club wanted to have the player available for their Saturday game. It is now Wednesday morning and still no signing? Did I dream that statement then or did I hear it wrong?
Lets be clear we need to see some action in this January transfer window and quickly and that action needs to be new players coming in, not our current players going out. So please no Lafferty, McCann or Akinbiyi out the door!
We surely cant go though the remaining days of this transfer window without any new signings. Will the fans be forgiving if we suddenly hit bad form, have lost our star striker and finish midtable again with the smallest squad in the League?
Yes, we know that players will be at a premium with inflated transfer fees, yes we know that clubs will now see Burnley with cash to burn after the Gray sale. However, all our competitors are busily ignoring similar situations in their clubs and getting their men. We are surely therefore going to have to swallow some pride and maybe pay over the odds to ensure we can remain competitive and stand some chance maybe of reaching Nirvana. Surely all the financial benefits that being in the Premier League could bring is worth the calculated risk?
There now come on embarrass me and get a truck load of signings in today (or at least one then)!!
Walk the Talk please and lets drop the lip service
Date:Tuesday January 22 2008
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