Brian Laws has immediately reacted to the lacklustre performance last night at the Reebok stadium by adding two players to his squad.

However, curiously given Laws’ side is without a goal in three games, both are defensive signings.

First up was former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver, who is amazingly just 30. Weaver has been knocking around for what seems like forever but has been out of work since the summer.

It seems an odd signing considering in Brian Jensen, Diego Penny and Jonathan Lund make up three goalkeepers at the club. One can only assume Laws does not rate any of them. It seems unlikely he would sign a fourth goalkeeper to not play him.

Secondly, Leon Cort joined from Stoke City in a £1.5m deal. Cort is 30 years old too, and there doesn’t seem to be much resale value in the deal. But if Cort helps to keep Burnley up, he will have paid off his fee.

Again, with so many defenders at the club already, it seems unlikely they will all be part of Laws’ plans. Steven Caldwell, the captain, may find his face does not fit in the new regime. Or David Edgar, dropped after his only two starts of the league season, could find himself making a swift exit.

As with Laws’ appointment, Burnley fans have reacted with little more than nonchalance to the signings. Neither has inspired the fans to believe Burnley could pull off an improbable win on Saturday against Chelsea.

It remains to be seen if there will be more new faces at the Turf before the transfer window closes.

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