We wondered yesterday if sending Fraser Forster to Burnley was already a done deal.
Fraser Forster – not a done deal at Burnley – yet
It was interesting because Burnley have Dane Brian Jensen in goal, and he has played over 250 games for the club, and Fraser would have had a fight on his hands to get his first team place there.
The article was initiated by a Burnley manager Brian Laws quote, that the deal had almost been wrapped up.
Well, would you know the Sunday Sun came out later yesterday with a quote from Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, saying no deal had been agreed, and if Fraser is to go out on loan next season, he would need to be guaranteed a first team place.
Chris said yesterday:
“Fraser hasn’t gone to Burnley and they haven’t reached an agreement with us.” “We’re conscious of the fact Burnley want him and there has been communication, but we haven’t made a decision on whether he will go there.”
“I think to be fair to their side there has been a lot of discussion between the two clubs and more so between Brian Laws and myself.” “Anything that has come out, whether it’s premature or not, I think it was done with the best intentions.”
“If he is going to go out on loan we want him to be playing.” “It’s important he goes somewhere where he is playing football matches and I think that is the same with anyone we let go out on loan this season.”
“We want them to be put in a starting position when they go there. If it doesn’t work out and they lose their place, that’s different. That’s down to their form and that’s normal.”
Good and sensible words again from Chris, and of course he’s exactly right.
If indeed Fraser is the young goalkeeper to go out on loan, the reason for that is to get him some first team games under his belt, not to sit on the bench backing up Brian Jensen.
We’d be surprised if Chris lets him go to Burnely – unless of cause Laws tells Chris he will start for Burnley next season, at least give him his chance at the start of the season, and then it’s completely up to Fraser of course – as usual.
Written from Plymouth, England.