Suzanne Geldard: Burnley's Arfield has embraced Premier League test

Suzanne Geldard: Burnley's Arfield has embraced Premier League test

Suzanne Geldard: Burnley's Arfield has embraced Premier League test

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

IT took just one look at Scott Arfield in pre-season to convince me that he was more than ready, willing and – most importantly – able to make the step up to the Premier League.

So much so, that when it came to naming my Fantasy Football line-up he was the first on the teamsheet.

Arfield was excellent in Burnley’s promotion season.

He looked exceptional in the summer – fitter, faster, fancier footwork, and more method to his movement in and around the box.

Should the Clarets be the surprise package of the Premier League then he will provide the giftwrap.

The story is all the more remarkable when you consider the 25-year-old’s path could have been entirely different. And not just in recent times.

Back in his native Scotland he doubled as a singer-songwriter for indie punk band ‘The Begbies’. But in 2010, while with Falkirk, he revealed how he was ordered by then manager Eddie May to put music to the back of his mind and quit the band.

That football focus led to a move south of the border, to Huddersfield Town, a play-off winners’ medal two years later and place in the Championship.

But by the end of the 2012/13 season Arfield was made available for a free transfer and left in limbo.

Step forward Sean Dyche with the offer of a pre-season trial.

But it was not long until it was more than that. Much more.

Looking to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited halway through the season before, the Burnley boss spotted potential and fostered it; unearthed a rough diamond and polished it.

Arfield shone in the Championship last season, and he is set to sparkle in the Premier League this.

It is unlikely that he will ever go on to command fees or wages like Diego Costa, the £32million man who cancelled out his wonder goal while Turf Moor still reverberated with celebrations.

But what the likeable midfield man offers to the Clarets could prove priceless.

For while multi-millions is what makes the Premier League go round, Arfield’s motivations are more simple and pure – a passion to play football, and be the best that he can be.

Whether that was enhanced by his Huddersfield disappointment, who knows.

But he arrived at Turf Moor with an admirable willingness to work, and to keep working in order to improve.

He has already reaped the rewards of that attitude, and they will keep coming.

If the makers of the late 1990s film Sliding Doors ever considered a sequel then Arfield would be the ideal candidate to take the role played by fellow Scot John Hannah in the tale of two parallel universes.

But it would be more fitting if Arfield’s rise to prominence opened the door to the Scotland squad.

International recognition would prove his musical sacrifice was worth it.

Either way, though, Arfield is hitting all the right notes.

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4:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you? AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -8

4:34pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

the b.....ds fans don't have a dream team - only a Nightmare one
the b.....ds fans don't have a dream team - only a Nightmare one Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -2

6:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

accylongside says...

Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.
Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow. accylongside
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Harwoodstblue says...

accylongside wrote:
Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.
He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.
[quote][p][bold]accylongside[/bold] wrote: Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.[/p][/quote]He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -2

7:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Thought not, you are all so shallow, Trippier is worth a punt for his assists but of cousre these points will be cancelled out by the number of goals conceded.
So you don't back tour own team, shameful supporters, I have the joker and trippier in my team, you lot just have no nuts.
Thought not, you are all so shallow, Trippier is worth a punt for his assists but of cousre these points will be cancelled out by the number of goals conceded. So you don't back tour own team, shameful supporters, I have the joker and trippier in my team, you lot just have no nuts. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -9

8:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
Thought not, you are all so shallow, Trippier is worth a punt for his assists but of cousre these points will be cancelled out by the number of goals conceded.
So you don't back tour own team, shameful supporters, I have the joker and trippier in my team, you lot just have no nuts.
Speaking of nuts. Its a pity you've got no gonads. You can prove me wrong, of course, at the Colne Blues festival. Good job for me that you're the guest of a GP we both know apparently. With you being Egyptian, 6ft tall, 200 lbs and a martial arts practitioner; I will be taught a right lesson won't I? You'll be there because you're a season ticket holder from Darwen, one of only four. This'll show me how magnificent you are. You know, I can't wait.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: Thought not, you are all so shallow, Trippier is worth a punt for his assists but of cousre these points will be cancelled out by the number of goals conceded. So you don't back tour own team, shameful supporters, I have the joker and trippier in my team, you lot just have no nuts.[/p][/quote]Speaking of nuts. Its a pity you've got no gonads. You can prove me wrong, of course, at the Colne Blues festival. Good job for me that you're the guest of a GP we both know apparently. With you being Egyptian, 6ft tall, 200 lbs and a martial arts practitioner; I will be taught a right lesson won't I? You'll be there because you're a season ticket holder from Darwen, one of only four. This'll show me how magnificent you are. You know, I can't wait. RobH2O .
  • Score: 4

8:35pm Thu 21 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you?[/p][/quote]Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are. RobH2O .
  • Score: 4

9:22pm Thu 21 Aug 14

TurfMoorTom says...

If the makers of the late 1990s film Sliding Doors ever considered a sequel then Arfield would be the ideal candidate to take the role played by fellow Scot John Hannah in the tale of two parallel universes.

What's this woman on?

I think he'd be better in Rab C Nesbit.
If the makers of the late 1990s film Sliding Doors ever considered a sequel then Arfield would be the ideal candidate to take the role played by fellow Scot John Hannah in the tale of two parallel universes. What's this woman on? I think he'd be better in Rab C Nesbit. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -10

10:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Has AP4B sh*t out now that his cover is blown?

For "Egyptian, 6ft tall, 200 lbs and a martial arts practitioner", read.... "From Darwen, 5' 3" in his heels, balding with a hint of ginger at the sides, and has a Bruce Lee poster on his bedroom wall".

AP4B (aka TMT) is nothing but a wet f@rt.
Has AP4B sh*t out now that his cover is blown? For "Egyptian, 6ft tall, 200 lbs and a martial arts practitioner", read.... "From Darwen, 5' 3" in his heels, balding with a hint of ginger at the sides, and has a Bruce Lee poster on his bedroom wall". AP4B (aka TMT) is nothing but a wet f@rt. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: 7

11:58pm Thu 21 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

RobH2O . wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.
Lot of pent up aggression there bobber, why would I possibly go to the colne blues festival? the blues is for old people who wear cardigans, I'm more into donk techno mayhem its better for pounding the bag to. Do you think I would be easy to spot, an egyptian from darwen? I wouldn't be riding a camel y'know.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you?[/p][/quote]Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.[/p][/quote]Lot of pent up aggression there bobber, why would I possibly go to the colne blues festival? the blues is for old people who wear cardigans, I'm more into donk techno mayhem its better for pounding the bag to. Do you think I would be easy to spot, an egyptian from darwen? I wouldn't be riding a camel y'know. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -9

12:20am Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

RobH2O . wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.
I never said you must stick with Burnley players, you have obviously been roundhoused by chuck too often, you can pick whomever you like, I was just interested to know, as you are all so confident this side has what it takes, how many defenders you have in your dream team from the current Burnley squad? Then I told you I have trippier in mine, can you not read or something? Anyway I'm not 200 pounds any more I'm down to 192 but I want to get down to light heavyweight for the coming tournament.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you?[/p][/quote]Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.[/p][/quote]I never said you must stick with Burnley players, you have obviously been roundhoused by chuck too often, you can pick whomever you like, I was just interested to know, as you are all so confident this side has what it takes, how many defenders you have in your dream team from the current Burnley squad? Then I told you I have trippier in mine, can you not read or something? Anyway I'm not 200 pounds any more I'm down to 192 but I want to get down to light heavyweight for the coming tournament. AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -10

6:20am Fri 22 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
RobH2O . wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn


ley
wrote:
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.
I never said you must stick with Burnley players, you have obviously been roundhoused by chuck too often, you can pick whomever you like, I was just interested to know, as you are all so confident this side has what it takes, how many defenders you have in your dream team from the current Burnley squad? Then I told you I have trippier in mine, can you not read or something? Anyway I'm not 200 pounds any more I'm down to 192 but I want to get down to light heavyweight for the coming tournament.
So I'll buy you a sugar free drink at the weekend eh? I promise I can read the label.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you?[/p][/quote]Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.[/p][/quote]I never said you must stick with Burnley players, you have obviously been roundhoused by chuck too often, you can pick whomever you like, I was just interested to know, as you are all so confident this side has what it takes, how many defenders you have in your dream team from the current Burnley squad? Then I told you I have trippier in mine, can you not read or something? Anyway I'm not 200 pounds any more I'm down to 192 but I want to get down to light heavyweight for the coming tournament.[/p][/quote]So I'll buy you a sugar free drink at the weekend eh? I promise I can read the label. RobH2O .
  • Score: 5

6:22am Fri 22 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
ley
wrote:
RobH2O . wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn


ley
wrote:
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.
Lot of pent up aggression there bobber, why would I possibly go to the colne blues festival? the blues is for old people who wear cardigans, I'm more into donk techno mayhem its better for pounding the bag to. Do you think I would be easy to spot, an egyptian from darwen? I wouldn't be riding a camel y'know.
If there are four then surely, one of them will be you. Hang on .............
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you?[/p][/quote]Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.[/p][/quote]Lot of pent up aggression there bobber, why would I possibly go to the colne blues festival? the blues is for old people who wear cardigans, I'm more into donk techno mayhem its better for pounding the bag to. Do you think I would be easy to spot, an egyptian from darwen? I wouldn't be riding a camel y'know.[/p][/quote]If there are four then surely, one of them will be you. Hang on ............. RobH2O .
  • Score: 7

8:58am Fri 22 Aug 14

houseclaret says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
accylongside wrote:
Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.
He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.
I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]accylongside[/bold] wrote: Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.[/p][/quote]He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.[/p][/quote]I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses. houseclaret
  • Score: 8

9:51am Fri 22 Aug 14

RobH2O . says...

houseclaret wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
accylongside wrote:
Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.
He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.
I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.
A number of Rovers fans I know say that he is a great finisher but contributes little to the game. Leeds said the same about McCormack. And Fulham blew the market apart with an offer of £11m for him. Rhodes is 6 years younger. So, in this nutty market, it might well be the going rate.

Rovers can't let him go for less. They owe Huddersfield about £4m for him, and the sell-on clause sees them paying 50% of the uplift. So, get £12m in and pay Huddersfield £8m begets you £4m net. Is it worth it. Could he goals be what keeps Rovers up if they retain him?
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]accylongside[/bold] wrote: Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.[/p][/quote]He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.[/p][/quote]I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.[/p][/quote]A number of Rovers fans I know say that he is a great finisher but contributes little to the game. Leeds said the same about McCormack. And Fulham blew the market apart with an offer of £11m for him. Rhodes is 6 years younger. So, in this nutty market, it might well be the going rate. Rovers can't let him go for less. They owe Huddersfield about £4m for him, and the sell-on clause sees them paying 50% of the uplift. So, get £12m in and pay Huddersfield £8m begets you £4m net. Is it worth it. Could he goals be what keeps Rovers up if they retain him? RobH2O .
  • Score: 2

10:35am Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

RobH2O . wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn

ley
wrote:
RobH2O . wrote:
AnotherPounding4Burn



ley
wrote:
So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams?
Well have you?
Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.
Lot of pent up aggression there bobber, why would I possibly go to the colne blues festival? the blues is for old people who wear cardigans, I'm more into donk techno mayhem its better for pounding the bag to. Do you think I would be easy to spot, an egyptian from darwen? I wouldn't be riding a camel y'know.
If there are four then surely, one of them will be you. Hang on .............
Look yer tool, i'm from Darwen, I don't live there, jeez you floaters are a bit dim, you get it? Bob, in the water and floaters, maybe you could triangulate my ip address like a jason bourne movie.
Colne blues festival LMAO
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: So if you are that confident in Burnleys premier campaign it would be an interesting stat to find how many Burnley supporters have Burnley defenders in their dream teams? Well have you?[/p][/quote]Why would they? After all, you've pointed out at length that all other sides are superior in every possible way. And you reserve the right to pick players from any club and you will. So, the cream of the Prem from different sides, all combined together to create a wonder side. And we must stick with Burnley players. Yet in the real world that side would never play Burnley. I look forward to meeting you at the weekend and you can show me just how wrong I am and how marvellous you are.[/p][/quote]Lot of pent up aggression there bobber, why would I possibly go to the colne blues festival? the blues is for old people who wear cardigans, I'm more into donk techno mayhem its better for pounding the bag to. Do you think I would be easy to spot, an egyptian from darwen? I wouldn't be riding a camel y'know.[/p][/quote]If there are four then surely, one of them will be you. Hang on .............[/p][/quote]Look yer tool, i'm from Darwen, I don't live there, jeez you floaters are a bit dim, you get it? Bob, in the water and floaters, maybe you could triangulate my ip address like a jason bourne movie. Colne blues festival LMAO AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -5

10:36am Fri 22 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

houseclaret wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
accylongside wrote:
Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.
He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.
I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.
I agree mate they could get Ings for 5
[quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]accylongside[/bold] wrote: Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.[/p][/quote]He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.[/p][/quote]I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.[/p][/quote]I agree mate they could get Ings for 5 AnotherPounding4Burnley
  • Score: -7

10:53am Fri 22 Aug 14

houseclaret says...

RobH2O . wrote:
houseclaret wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
accylongside wrote:
Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.
He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.
I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.
A number of Rovers fans I know say that he is a great finisher but contributes little to the game. Leeds said the same about McCormack. And Fulham blew the market apart with an offer of £11m for him. Rhodes is 6 years younger. So, in this nutty market, it might well be the going rate.

Rovers can't let him go for less. They owe Huddersfield about £4m for him, and the sell-on clause sees them paying 50% of the uplift. So, get £12m in and pay Huddersfield £8m begets you £4m net. Is it worth it. Could he goals be what keeps Rovers up if they retain him?
Speaking of McCormack, I was reading an article where he was mentioned recently. It was banging on about the daft money now being paid for average or untried players. I'm not having a go at the amount offered for Rhodes because he is a Rover, it's just that he has never, to the best of my knowledge, kicked a ball in anger in the prem. The problem is if these ordinary, untried players are commanding these fees then football is going to a place where the vast majority of clubs won't be able to go. Burnley are fortunate in two ways at the moment. They have a board who won't be press-ganged into paying stupid money. If that means we come back down then so be it because we are also fortunate in that we will be a fairly cash rich Championship club. That will make us able to compete at that level very well. If we are a yo-yo club for a few years then that is better than being relegated with a bunch of players bleeding the club dry and being left in the situation of Rovers, Leeds, Wolves and a few others who probably now believe that they should have been more wise when the money was there.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O .[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]houseclaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]accylongside[/bold] wrote: Dream team is Premier League.!! Mind you Rhodes will be available from tomorrow.[/p][/quote]He might be my friend but unfortunately you wont be able to afford him.[/p][/quote]I know I bang on about stupid money a bit in football but £12m for Rhodes? What an utter, utter joke. Football has indeed gone mad. According to Rovers fans he's not even been turning up at the races lately. If Burnley did make an offer like that for Rhodes I would think the board had taken leave of their senses.[/p][/quote]A number of Rovers fans I know say that he is a great finisher but contributes little to the game. Leeds said the same about McCormack. And Fulham blew the market apart with an offer of £11m for him. Rhodes is 6 years younger. So, in this nutty market, it might well be the going rate. Rovers can't let him go for less. They owe Huddersfield about £4m for him, and the sell-on clause sees them paying 50% of the uplift. So, get £12m in and pay Huddersfield £8m begets you £4m net. Is it worth it. Could he goals be what keeps Rovers up if they retain him?[/p][/quote]Speaking of McCormack, I was reading an article where he was mentioned recently. It was banging on about the daft money now being paid for average or untried players. I'm not having a go at the amount offered for Rhodes because he is a Rover, it's just that he has never, to the best of my knowledge, kicked a ball in anger in the prem. The problem is if these ordinary, untried players are commanding these fees then football is going to a place where the vast majority of clubs won't be able to go. Burnley are fortunate in two ways at the moment. They have a board who won't be press-ganged into paying stupid money. If that means we come back down then so be it because we are also fortunate in that we will be a fairly cash rich Championship club. That will make us able to compete at that level very well. If we are a yo-yo club for a few years then that is better than being relegated with a bunch of players bleeding the club dry and being left in the situation of Rovers, Leeds, Wolves and a few others who probably now believe that they should have been more wise when the money was there. houseclaret
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