THE transfer window has taken a few twists and turns, as you’d expect, and there have been a few dead ends for Burnley too.
News that Henri Lansbury has signed a new three-year deal with Nottingham Forest will have come as a blow to all concerned at Turf Moor.
He was a prime midfield target, and for a time it looked as if he would be heading this way after his representatives indicated a new contract at the City Ground would not be entertained.
Somewhere along the line, somehow, there has been a change of heart.
But he is not the only ‘unavailable’ player that the Clarets have been in for.
West Brom have indicated they have no wish to part with defender Craig Dawson.
Wigan have taken a similar stance over James McArthur, Watford over Troy Deeney before that.
All three, and Lansbury, would have had their price.
But it is not one that Burnley seem willing to pay. Not readily anyway.
These are the financial decisions I’m glad I don’t have to make because £5.5million for McArthur, albeit a very good player, does take a sizeable chunk out of the budget.
Fans will say the club needs to speculate to accumulate, but it is a gamble, and you have to size up whether it is one worth taking.
The loan market might be the best option for Burnley now.
There must be some fringe players at the likes of Manchester United or Manchester City who are desperate to go out and get games if their club will let them; young and hungry players to supplement the experienced heads that Sean Dyche has brought in during the summer.
The manager has been questioned about his 4-4-2 formation against the title favourites but a five-man midfield or back five wouldn’t have made a difference on Monday.
I think anybody who came up against Chelsea on the night would have found them difficult to contain. Scott Arfield’s sensational goal seemed to upset the Blues a little bit. All of a sudden their quality kicked in and we were 3-1 down. A harsh lesson learned.
We aren’t going to come up against a Chelsea every week but this afternoon we are facing a side who beat Manchester United.
It was no fluke by Swansea, they fully deserved the victory.
Hopefully roles will be reversed and we will be the ones causing an upset today.