The second batch of Player Profiles continues as today, I feature Burnley’s right winger, Chris Eagles.
Chris Eagles is a midfielder currently attached to Premier League newcomers Burnley. He is primarily deployed as a right winger but can be used on the left or in the centre if needed.
Eagles is perhaps best known for his stint at Premier League champions, Manchester United in which Eagles was a player from the year 2000 all the way to 2008.
However, the pacey winger couldn’t break into the United set up and moved to several different clubs on a loan basis.
Chris Eagles used to be part of the Man United set up.
With the signing of a future star in Cristiano Ronaldo and a deal for Brazilian Kleberson, Eagles had found it hard to break into the United team.
The answer to this problem was to go out on loan and gain valuable experience.
His first loan out was to Watford, where he first started football as a youngster before his transfer to United.
Later that year, he switched to Sheffield Wednesday, who were arguably the best club for Eagles in his loan period. However, a permanent deal wasn’t struck and the 24 year old remained a United player. Another loan to Watford couldn’t settle matters and a switch to Dutch club NEC Nijmegen was on the cards for Eagles in a bid for first team football.
The 24 year old has been loaned out to a host of clubs.
Eventually, Eagles found it hard to break into the Man United team and his future at the club was on the line as the Red Devils spent a combined £31 million to bring winger Nani and midfielder Anderson to the club.
This spelt the end for the English midfielder’s time at Old Trafford, thus leading to his transfer to his new club Burnley.
Eagles’ pace and skill is a brilliant addition to the Premier League newcomers club and his ability to play striker, wing or central midfield gives him a versatile role allowing the Burnley staff to rotate the squad.
To this day Eagles has been a present in the Clarets’ side as he has featured 73 times for the club, with nine goals to his name.
Eagles is now a constant face in the line up at Turf Moor.
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