Burnley column: 21 reasons to get Austin deal right

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Burnley FC reporter

WHAT will Burnley get for Charlie Austin when the time comes to sell?

Going into the final year of his Clarets contract it is inevitable that the 23-year-old will move for a fee this summer.

The question is, how much?

Many will look at the £7million figure achieved for Jay Rodriguez last summer and expect similar.

The circumstances for their homegrown hero were different though.

Austin has scored more goals – 28 compared to 21 for Rodriguez – but Burnley would have been entitled to compensation for youth team product Rodriguez because of his age (he was just 22 when his record move to Southampton wen through).

Under the Bosman ruling, Austin, who will turn be 24 on July 5, would be an entirely free agent at the end of his three-and-a-half year deal next summer.

But what of Austin’s value to the team this season, even though it has already ended prematurely on a personal note.

Yes, Burnley had one of their best runs of the season, winning their first three league games of the calendar year while the striker was on the sidelines through injury.

But there is no question Burnley have been better with Austin than without him.

Of his 25 league goals, 19 of them have earned 21 points.

Five of them came in between managers.

There was one against Blackpool – the only goal in the first game of the post Eddie Howe era, two in the 4-3 win at Bristol City.

Take all of them out of the equation and it paints a worrying picture for the Clarets.

Of course this can be said for a number of teams who have a runaway top scorer. Take rivals Blackburn Rovers, for example. Without Jordan Rhodes, for whom 21 of his 28 league goals have helped to amass 23 points, relegation would be a certainty.

Crystal Palace, too, would not be challenging for the play-offs were it not for Glenn Murray’s 29 league goals.

Like Burnley’s next top scorer Martin Paterson, Wilfried Zaha is lagging behind with six.

In the Clarets’ promotion season the scoring was more spread out through Graham Alexander, Robbie Blake and Steven Thompson with Chris Eagles not too far behind.

This year the onus has been on Austin.

They will need to replace him and his goals in the summer, and need more of an attacking team effort going forward.

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1:35pm Thu 25 Apr 13

The Chicken Lover says...

A couple of points)

a) Austin for me doesn't have the potential Jay did. Austin is lethal in and around the penalty area but beyond that he doesn't really offer much.

Whilst it could be said that the possibility of not being able to rely on him is a worry, on the other boot it could be the making of us for a number of reasons.

b) It isn't the strikers that are the problem.

Our midfield is horrendous and is probably the weakest it's been since Cotterball - Dyches tactics have a big part to play but the fact is our midfield is static and doesn't create enough.

Replacing Charlie with an expensive striker would be a mistake i feel - the ones we have are capable enough if they are given chances.

We should be looking at our midfield and seeing where we can improve there.
A couple of points) a) Austin for me doesn't have the potential Jay did. Austin is lethal in and around the penalty area but beyond that he doesn't really offer much. Whilst it could be said that the possibility of not being able to rely on him is a worry, on the other boot it could be the making of us for a number of reasons. b) It isn't the strikers that are the problem. Our midfield is horrendous and is probably the weakest it's been since Cotterball - Dyches tactics have a big part to play but the fact is our midfield is static and doesn't create enough. Replacing Charlie with an expensive striker would be a mistake i feel - the ones we have are capable enough if they are given chances. We should be looking at our midfield and seeing where we can improve there. The Chicken Lover
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1:46pm Thu 25 Apr 13

jack01 says...

Time for Burnley to count their lucky stars that Austin was banging them in for fun at the start of the season. Had he not been in such good form or had his injury problems developed sooner then Burnley would be gearing up for life in League One.
Time for Burnley to count their lucky stars that Austin was banging them in for fun at the start of the season. Had he not been in such good form or had his injury problems developed sooner then Burnley would be gearing up for life in League One. jack01
  • Score: -3

1:48pm Thu 25 Apr 13

jack01 says...

If Rhodes goes to the Premier League in the summer then maybe Venky's will sanction Austin to Rovers?
If Rhodes goes to the Premier League in the summer then maybe Venky's will sanction Austin to Rovers? jack01
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1:59pm Thu 25 Apr 13

The Chicken Lover says...

Perhaps Venkys will also sanction the employment of a mascot (who represents the town of Blackburn and it's football club) that isn't on some sort of register.

I'm not going to hold my breath on that one.
Perhaps Venkys will also sanction the employment of a mascot (who represents the town of Blackburn and it's football club) that isn't on some sort of register. I'm not going to hold my breath on that one. The Chicken Lover
  • Score: 2

4:01pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Macrasni1 says...

I haven't read one story of yours Suzanne that establishes any form of a coherent argument other than mindless rhetoric to justify your position as "Burnley FC reporter". Do you actually know how to write about factual events or are you making a career out of gossip? Go and work for the Daily Star, and quit wasting every Burnley fan's time with this drivel.
I haven't read one story of yours Suzanne that establishes any form of a coherent argument other than mindless rhetoric to justify your position as "Burnley FC reporter". Do you actually know how to write about factual events or are you making a career out of gossip? Go and work for the Daily Star, and quit wasting every Burnley fan's time with this drivel. Macrasni1
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Thu 25 Apr 13

35yearSurrenderMonkeys says...

Macrasni1 wrote:
I haven't read one story of yours Suzanne that establishes any form of a coherent argument other than mindless rhetoric to justify your position as "Burnley FC reporter". Do you actually know how to write about factual events or are you making a career out of gossip? Go and work for the Daily Star, and quit wasting every Burnley fan's time with this drivel.
I hear you so I will try and help her out instead of being nasty about it. I think she is doing a great job for little or no thanks, I mean who wants to watch your shower, its like doing bird.
I think Burnleys problem would be eradicated if you let ten bob head Austin leave. The midfield is doing a sterling job planting the ball on his corners and sometimes even utilising the flat of his face and shoulder to deflect it into the net. If you purchased a decent centre forward with the proceeds of a sale, your crossing might not have to be as accurate. I'm amazed how mnay deflections and shinballs he's managed to scuff in the onion bag. Sell him now before anyone realises he should be mixing concrete.
Blinding
[quote][p][bold]Macrasni1[/bold] wrote: I haven't read one story of yours Suzanne that establishes any form of a coherent argument other than mindless rhetoric to justify your position as "Burnley FC reporter". Do you actually know how to write about factual events or are you making a career out of gossip? Go and work for the Daily Star, and quit wasting every Burnley fan's time with this drivel.[/p][/quote]I hear you so I will try and help her out instead of being nasty about it. I think she is doing a great job for little or no thanks, I mean who wants to watch your shower, its like doing bird. I think Burnleys problem would be eradicated if you let ten bob head Austin leave. The midfield is doing a sterling job planting the ball on his corners and sometimes even utilising the flat of his face and shoulder to deflect it into the net. If you purchased a decent centre forward with the proceeds of a sale, your crossing might not have to be as accurate. I'm amazed how mnay deflections and shinballs he's managed to scuff in the onion bag. Sell him now before anyone realises he should be mixing concrete. Blinding 35yearSurrenderMonkeys
  • Score: -4

5:31pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Macrasni1 says...

Macrasni1 wrote:
I haven't read one story of yours Suzanne that establishes any form of a coherent argument other than mindless rhetoric to justify your position as "Burnley FC reporter". Do you actually know how to write about factual events or are you making a career out of gossip? Go and work for the Daily Star, and quit wasting every Burnley fan's time with this drivel.

I hear you so I will try and help her out instead of being nasty about it. I think she is doing a great job for little or no thanks, I mean who wants to watch your shower, its like doing bird.
I think Burnleys problem would be eradicated if you let ten bob head Austin leave. The midfield is doing a sterling job planting the ball on his corners and sometimes even utilising the flat of his face and shoulder to deflect it into the net. If you purchased a decent centre forward with the proceeds of a sale, your crossing might not have to be as accurate. I'm amazed how mnay deflections and shinballs he's managed to scuff in the onion bag. Sell him now before anyone realises he should be mixing concrete.
Blinding

Rather than get embroiled in a stereotypical rovers clarets argument I'll refer you to the phase "pot kettle black".
Macrasni1 wrote: I haven't read one story of yours Suzanne that establishes any form of a coherent argument other than mindless rhetoric to justify your position as "Burnley FC reporter". Do you actually know how to write about factual events or are you making a career out of gossip? Go and work for the Daily Star, and quit wasting every Burnley fan's time with this drivel. I hear you so I will try and help her out instead of being nasty about it. I think she is doing a great job for little or no thanks, I mean who wants to watch your shower, its like doing bird. I think Burnleys problem would be eradicated if you let ten bob head Austin leave. The midfield is doing a sterling job planting the ball on his corners and sometimes even utilising the flat of his face and shoulder to deflect it into the net. If you purchased a decent centre forward with the proceeds of a sale, your crossing might not have to be as accurate. I'm amazed how mnay deflections and shinballs he's managed to scuff in the onion bag. Sell him now before anyone realises he should be mixing concrete. Blinding Rather than get embroiled in a stereotypical rovers clarets argument I'll refer you to the phase "pot kettle black". Macrasni1
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7:27pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Fartonadingleshead says...

Well my Dingle friends. Whatever squads both teams have next season, I for one am looking forward to the Derby days, as I think both are now safe in this division. Enjoyed both fixtures this season, and you almost had us for a minute. Just a pity there are too many idiots on both sides for a pint and some friendly banter on match days. Think most true Rovers and Burnley fans would agree on that one.
Well my Dingle friends. Whatever squads both teams have next season, I for one am looking forward to the Derby days, as I think both are now safe in this division. Enjoyed both fixtures this season, and you almost had us for a minute. Just a pity there are too many idiots on both sides for a pint and some friendly banter on match days. Think most true Rovers and Burnley fans would agree on that one. Fartonadingleshead
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8:04pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Pompey Claret says...

jack01 wrote:
Time for Burnley to count their lucky stars that Austin was banging them in for fun at the start of the season. Had he not been in such good form or had his injury problems developed sooner then Burnley would be gearing up for life in League One.
Same goes for Rovers too , without Rhodes contribution where would you be?

Lucky stars alround Jack. ( By the way good win Tuesday)

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[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: Time for Burnley to count their lucky stars that Austin was banging them in for fun at the start of the season. Had he not been in such good form or had his injury problems developed sooner then Burnley would be gearing up for life in League One.[/p][/quote]Same goes for Rovers too , without Rhodes contribution where would you be? Lucky stars alround Jack. ( By the way good win Tuesday) UTC Pompey Claret
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8:17pm Thu 25 Apr 13

Pompey Claret says...

Fartonadingleshead wrote:
Well my Dingle friends. Whatever squads both teams have next season, I for one am looking forward to the Derby days, as I think both are now safe in this division. Enjoyed both fixtures this season, and you almost had us for a minute. Just a pity there are too many idiots on both sides for a pint and some friendly banter on match days. Think most true Rovers and Burnley fans would agree on that one.
First of all cracking nickname chap ;0)

Pretty poor season for both our clubs but totally agree with your comment.

Great to get the famous ole Derby on the go again. Would love it season after season but with both our clubs in the Premiership.

The latter I fear will be sometime in the making.

Good result at Millwall the other night.

I'd have a pint with ya chap just coz I cracked up with your nickname.

Take it easy fella.

UTC
[quote][p][bold]Fartonadingleshead[/bold] wrote: Well my Dingle friends. Whatever squads both teams have next season, I for one am looking forward to the Derby days, as I think both are now safe in this division. Enjoyed both fixtures this season, and you almost had us for a minute. Just a pity there are too many idiots on both sides for a pint and some friendly banter on match days. Think most true Rovers and Burnley fans would agree on that one.[/p][/quote]First of all cracking nickname chap ;0) Pretty poor season for both our clubs but totally agree with your comment. Great to get the famous ole Derby on the go again. Would love it season after season but with both our clubs in the Premiership. The latter I fear will be sometime in the making. Good result at Millwall the other night. I'd have a pint with ya chap just coz I cracked up with your nickname. Take it easy fella. UTC Pompey Claret
  • Score: 2

12:13am Fri 26 Apr 13

stevieclaret says...

Fartonadingleshead wrote:
Well my Dingle friends. Whatever squads both teams have next season, I for one am looking forward to the Derby days, as I think both are now safe in this division. Enjoyed both fixtures this season, and you almost had us for a minute. Just a pity there are too many idiots on both sides for a pint and some friendly banter on match days. Think most true Rovers and Burnley fans would agree on that one.
True words said lad
[quote][p][bold]Fartonadingleshead[/bold] wrote: Well my Dingle friends. Whatever squads both teams have next season, I for one am looking forward to the Derby days, as I think both are now safe in this division. Enjoyed both fixtures this season, and you almost had us for a minute. Just a pity there are too many idiots on both sides for a pint and some friendly banter on match days. Think most true Rovers and Burnley fans would agree on that one.[/p][/quote]True words said lad stevieclaret
  • Score: 1

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