Cotterill issues striker warning
08 Sep 2006 - 09:56:36
Burnley boss Steve Cotterill has revealed that transfer-listed striker Gifton Noel-Williams could still play a part for the club this season and says he will not go out on loan unless he brings someone in to replace him.
The emergency loan window opens on Friday and several clubs have already been linked with the 26-year-old hitman, who failed to secure a permanent switch away from Turf Moor during the summer transfer window, despite being on the list since the end of last season.
However Cotterill now sees Noel-Williams as an integral part of the squad and will not part with him unless he can reinforce his squad in the meantime.
He said: "It would have to suit us now. You've got make sure if he goes out on loan, you get someone in on loan.
"There have been a couple of enquiries but they haven't been substantial enough offers towards wages for that to happen.
"There have been quite a few that have made phone calls but Gifton earns a certain wage with us and there's no point in me being offered a third of it because what can I go and spend it on?"
He added: "He's worked very hard in training and you never know. Sometimes it drops right.
"He didn't have such a good first season at Stoke but in the second season he had a good season and I just think at the moment when he comes on, there's a worry in him of making a mistake and he could do with a goal.
"He's something different that we haven't got."