Sakiri could be next

Last updated : 21 July 2005 By Tony Scholes

We revealed yesterday that Sakiri could be on his way and so it was no surprise when he was named in the starting line up at the Interlink last night where he played all but the last six minutes of the friendly against Accrington Stanley.

He’s perhaps best known in this country for his goal against England, and David Seaman, at Southampton. It came direct from a corner and signalled the end of Seaman’s international career.

For Burnley fans there is the painful memory of that stunning strike at the Hawthorns that brought West Brom level after we had gone in front through Robbie Blake in a game we eventually lost 4-1. It was though to be his only goal for the Baggies.

He didn’t win a regular place in the side and over the two seasons he’s been with them has started just eight league games with twenty more substitute appearances. His two Premiership starts last season came against Arsenal and Manchester United.

Recently he has been training with Derby County and after playing for them in their pre-season friendly at Mansfield he looked all set to sign but he failed to agree terms with them and has now arrived at Burnley.

Steve Cotterill said last night, “From what I can gather he couldn’t agree terms with Derby. So we are talking to him on that point at the moment and we’ll see where that one goes. I thought he did some very good things tonight.”

There’s no indication yet as to whether he will be available for the game against Malaga on Saturday or whether he will be making the trip to Austria. Should we go ahead and try to sign him then we will have to apply for a work permit.