Date: 9th January 2008 at 4:36pm
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The transfer window is upon us and we have already seen the capture of Stanislav Varga who has brought much needed height and strength in the box. Let`s hope he spends his time at Gawthorpe this week working on his sprinting as one of Vargas weak points is his lack of pace.

Never the less the loan signing has certainly relieved many Clarets fans eager to see an improvement on their teams fortunes following a real stop start season thus far.

Owen Coyle and his undoubted likeability factor have brought much hope and belief that perhaps the time for Burnley has finally arrived.

To that cocktail you can add a new director who is touted to have millions available if required to steer the Clarets ship. But in Brendan Floods own words he isn`t Burnley`s Jack Walker. Flood has existing business commitments to consider and patience and the balance of optimism must be found if we are to keep the faith.

The Championship as Arsene Wenger stated must be a very difficult league and he is right; never before in all the time following the Clarets in the championship has it been so close. The Clarets are 6 points off the play offs and 6 points off looking like relegation candidates depending on your personal glass half full or glass half empty attitude.

Ever the optimist I can see Burnley with three home games against what I would class as winnable games following on from the Arsenal game and the confidence the player will get from that performance. Firstly against Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Colchester the time for the Clarets to pick up the points is now.

Rumours are everywhere at the moment some names keep cropping up, Riordan from Celtic, Robson from Dundee and these two players would be excellent signings no doubt. I don`t feel the players fit into the same category as the misfits Craig Levein brought to Leicester City a few years ago. One thing is quite obvious from the performances at home this season the Clarets lack a quality finisher in the final third. If Andy Gray is injured or loses form the Clarets struggle to find the back of the net. The FA Cup game against Arsenal highlighted the quality finishing available and its effects on the outcome of a game.

But as the window opens for Burnley it does for all other clubs and may I make my final point? If you look back at the recent history Burnley have always been forced to sell players and break up teams Blake, Akinbiyi and Chaplow to name a few have left leaving the Clarets with gaps to fill.

I feel the most important time for the Clarets will come when other clubs enquire about our current top rated players Gray, Lafferty and McCann. This will in my opinion show how much strength financially Brendan Flood has brought to the club. If we keep the majority of this group of players we will reap the rewards of our loyalty to the players and build a foundation for the future.

Up the clarets

Garry Pickles

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