Akinbiyi has Clarets future
07 Nov 2008 - 14:18:42
Burnley manager Owen Coyle has assured out-of-favour striker Ade Akinbiyi that he still has a future at Turf Moor.
Akinbiyi, 34, has not started a game for the Clarets this season, but still has a part to play at the club, according to Coyle.
"I've nothing but praise for Ade because, given the career he's had, he's still on the training ground spending time with Jay (Rodriguez).
"Such is the progress of Jay that he's keeping Ade out of the sixteen at the moment.
"Now I've been at clubs where players are really selfish if a kid takes their place. Nothing could be further from the truth though and I'd say to anyone that Ade is an unbelievable role model.
"Each and every day he gives everything and Ade's still very much in my plans.
"At the end of the day you can only pick eleven, or sixteen, but players like Ade work their socks off and that, in turn, helps those in front because it keeps them on their toes."