Chris Burke Will Tear You Apart Again

Although it may be a little early to gauge what impact Birmingham City’s new influx of players will have on our 2013/14 campaign, I am convinced there is one player who can have a positive effect on our season if only he can capture his 2011/12 form.

Chris Burke Will Tear You Apart Again

That player is Chris Burke, who burst onto the St Andrew’s scene under the management of Chris Hughton and was a thorn in the side to most left-backs up and down the country in the Championship as well as the Europa League.

Burke penned a two-year deal when he joined Blues from Cardiff City on a Bosman transfer and Blues have since taken up a further twelve month option on his contract.

The Glasgow born winger played an impressive 61 times (out of 62) for Blues in his initial season, scoring 14 goals and amassing 19 assists. He was rewarded with the club’s Player of the Year award, as well as the Players’ and Junior Blues’ Player of the Year awards for 2011/12.

Burke soon became a fan favourite and the ‘Burke Will Tear You Apart Again’ song was heard regularly at all Blues games.

Last season saw Burke a little out of sorts and his first choice status came under threat from Nathan Redmond. In all he made 43 appearances and scored 8 times.

Redmond has since moved on to pastures new and Birmingham City face an uncertain future both on and off the field.

The quality of the squad that Lee Clark has put together is an unknown quantity at this stage of the year and I am sure all Blues fans would love to see Chris Burke capture his first season form and supply the ammunition for our forwards to feed off.

Chris Burke will tear you apart again… I sincerely  hope so…

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6 Responses to Chris Burke Will Tear You Apart Again

  1. James says:

    Struggle to see how hes going to fit into a 3-5-2 though, he looked lost playing out of position against Coventry last year.

  2. MattNL says:

    I think he struggled at the start of the season as we didn’t have a proper right back to work with, too much chopping and changing – by the time Caddis was in and settled Burke was in and out with Redmond and his confidence was hit.
    With Eardley in there as RB if we go with a 4-4-2 he’ll fit in nicely, also in a 4-3-3, and I think could recapture some of his form from 2 seasons ago.
    I agree he isn’t strong enough for right side in a 3-5-2

  3. Steve Crathorn says:

    I too was at Coventry last season for the League cup tie. Chris was playing across the field just behind the strikers. He looked a little lost in this new role and it seems that Lee Clark is going to try and play him there again, maybe for a good few matches. Chris is a very good out and out right winger and with Nicola Zigic looking likely that he’ll play a lot more (injuries permitting), surely he would benefit more with Chris supplying the crosses

    • Black Country Blue says:

      It has to be pointed out to everyone that although Clark is using 3-5-2 in pre season games, he has admitted that this will not be the case every week. You have to be prepared in a number of formations to deal with different teams.

      Burke on the right mid if its 4-4-2, on the bench if its 3-5-2. Unless Eardley picks up an injury, in which case Burke would make for an interesting right wing back

  4. sappy sad says:

    ……..8 goals around 10 assists …ryan gigs would take that …..like to see eardley…burke…….shinnie…Elliot……ferguson ….here and there as a midfield marauder squad

    • I guess when you put it like that, it doesn’t look too bad. But his all round play was much better the season before. And I would love to see a bit more of that next campaign. Fingers crossed.

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