Ex-Blue Jutkiewicz returns to the Premier League

, 15 July, 21comments  |  Jump to most recent
Former Everton second-string striker Lukas Jutkiewicz has sealed a return to the top flight after signing for newly-promoted Burnley from Middlesbrough.

The Southampton-born player made one senior appearance under David Moyes before being farmed out on loan to Plymouth Argyle, Middlesbrough and Motherwell and then released.

He then played two seasons with Coventry City, scoring 18 times in 67 appearances before moving on to Boro where made made another 64 appearances with 11 goals. His time in the northeast also included a loan spell at Bolton last season.

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Simon Smith
1 Posted 15/07/2014 at 17:18:53
Well he's bagged a few goals since he left us, all the best to the lad, just don't score against us!
Derek Knox
2 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:06:48
Another Moyes' Masterstroke !

I actually thought the lad showed promise and felt he, like Mustafi, was released too early !

As Simon has so succinctly mentioned he has been banging them in with regularity, where ever he has gone ! Enough said !

Tony Page
3 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:09:12
Amen Simon, and ill be crossing my self more than usual when we play Burnley.
Kris Boner
4 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:22:45
Derek, I would hardly say it was regularity. Averaging 1/3 and then 1/6 in the Championship is hardly setting the world alight.

He's forging a good career though and I'm pleased for him. Hope he does well in the Premier League. But I don't think he would have change our world by any stretch in the race for fourth since he left.

I await the humble pie when he goes on to score 20 in the EPL, but as I have said, didn't set the championship alight, so we should hardly have missed him. I liked James Vaughan more.

Wayne Smyth
5 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:26:08
I never rated him on the few occasions he played for us....and to be fair, 1 in 6 in the championship isn't great for someone who we bought to play in the Premier League.
John Raftery
6 Posted 15/07/2014 at 18:26:34
A decent journeyman striker in the Championship but he was nowhere near ready for our first team. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the top flight.
James Ford
7 Posted 15/07/2014 at 21:15:14
Derek, so you're devastated Roberto didn't sign him then?
Trevor Lynes
8 Posted 15/07/2014 at 21:21:56
We do not need any ex-Everton players back except for perhaps Fellaini at the right price. I do not see any plusses in being linked with Rodwell unless it’s on a loan deal either.

Fellaini scored plenty of goals from just off the main striker and none of our present midfielders score enough – that is including Barkley!

Unfortunately we move too slowly to satisfy me; maybe I am just too ambitious having watched the Blues when we were a really top side. I had quite a few bets on Everton and came through when we won league titles and FA Cups. But I have not had a penny on them since the Premier League came into being so I have not lost anything on them for years.

Keith Glazzard
9 Posted 15/07/2014 at 21:32:42
I could have sworn I saw Jo playing for Brasil in the World Cup Finals. Well, we can't get it right every time!
Colin Williams
10 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:02:27
This lad knows how to score goals. He will score goals in the Premier League, given the chance.
Ray Roche
11 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:37:02
Keith, yes, I saw Jo as well, in the worst Brazil team I've seen since I took a real interest in 1958. And even then he was picking his nose on the bench before his cameo appearance. Fuck me, even the woeful Hulk got in before him.
Ernie Baywood
12 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:46:29
For those who always thought Mustafi and Lukas were released too early. Can you tell us who the other ones were? Obviously before they play in a World Cup or sign for a Premier League team.
Kris Boner
13 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:50:02
Ernie. Can they tell Martinez before he lets any more follow the Moyesian failures?
Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 16/07/2014 at 00:16:26
OK, so apparently Derek Knox and others are of the opinion that we should only release players if they're destined never to play again.

Jutkiewicz is mediocre at best. If you're saying we should keep everyone like that, then Daniel Fox, Cadamarteri, Baxter, Simonsen, Branch etc would still be here.

As for Mustafi? He was young and way down the pecking order. He'd have let his contract expire and left long before he made the first team. To his credit, he went elsewhere... IMPROVED – and went to the World Cup.

Big deal – you can't blame Moyes for that unless you'd have preferred to see him start instead of Jags or Distin two or three years ago.

"He won the World Cup!" So what! So did Branco but that didn't help Boro much did it?

Jim Knightley
15 Posted 16/07/2014 at 02:07:46
Derek... joke of a post. I will echo what others have said: this guy is mediocre. Moyes brought some great talent to this club, and for all his failings, his transfer record was not one of them. Burnley should be aiming a lot higher than this.

As for us, why would we want him, even now after he has spent several years developing? We will likely add a top striker (Lukaku is evidently our number one target), and perhaps Traore to our squad. This guy isn't near the class of Kone or even Naismith, let alone the likes of Lukaku. He will barely feature for Burnley, and will be playing Championship football again in a year I expect.

Ernie Baywood
16 Posted 16/07/2014 at 09:11:37
Although of course we all wish him the best of luck!
Andrew Ellams
17 Posted 16/07/2014 at 11:00:07
With the strikers Burnley had last season, he will probably be a bench warmer for most of the season. Way too slow for the Premier League.
Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 16/07/2014 at 17:55:00
Colin #10, how do you possibly rate a striker who scores 11 in 64 a "lad who knows how to score goals"??
Andy Meighan
19 Posted 16/07/2014 at 22:51:37
He's absolutely shite full stop. Ponderous slow and a woeful first touch and I'm being kind.
Colin Williams
20 Posted 17/07/2014 at 00:00:49
Mike # I have seen enough of him in the past to suggest he could score goals in the Premier League... ’if’’ given the service. This lad has some very good attributes to play the C/F role.

Jutkiewicz has played approx 250 pro games, scored 57 goals and is only 25, that’s not bad.(Remember, strikers normally develop with age and game time). He still has a substantial amount of time to develop into a good Premier League player; only time will tell.

One thing I know is that he deserved his chance at the top table and he’s definitely done his apprenticeship in the Championship.

Mark Stone
21 Posted 18/07/2014 at 12:09:11
I know a lad who played with him, when he was on loan at Huddersfield. Said technically he was incredible but his fitness was appalling. Blowing out his arse after 10 minutes.

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