Date:Tuesday November 23 2010
The closure of the 'emergency loan' transfer window is drawing ever near, an arrival is 'expected' but who will it be?
We could play the 'second guessing' game all day long, trying to guess who it will be but I think the things that we have to think about mostly are:
* Which clubs will deal with us?
* How much these clubs will contribute to what players are being paid?
* How much will these clubs want for the use of their player on loan?
* How well will the player fit in with the others that we have and how influential will they be?
* And I guess, arguably most important of all, are they any better than what we already have? If not why sign them!
Defensively we have looked a bit 'rocky', to say the least, at times although I still feel that we 'should' have enough to see us through until the New Year when 'maybe' we could look at this again...
The strikers might not exactly be firing at the moment, and finding the right combination is something that is needed - again though, for me this is not something we should be looking to pull out all the stops to increase, as we 'should' have enough to start firing again.
We are 'light', putting it mildly, in midfield - yes those that start are usually doing a job but there is VERY little that we can turn to on the bench to change, or improve on, what we have. So, I maintain my thoughts that a midfielder should be the priority that we look to bring in before the deadline arrives.
With limited loans allowed, well at least allowed to be in the same match day squad I think that Steve Cotterill's thoughts that bringing in more than 1 loanee is 'counter productive', because we could not use them all make plenty of sense.
January 'should' see some activity, although quite what this will bring remains to be seen?
Although the same situation is one that we would be faced with, so either returning some of the loanees, or 'trying' to make them permanent moves, is something that could be looked into.
Of course Liam Lawrence will no longer be a loan player in January as his move can then be made the permanent transfer it should have been all along in accordance to the agreed deal, right?
That opens up an extra loan space...
Then there is Greg Halford, who will either return to Wolves or have his loan extended again.
But that is for another day!
The priority is what will happen now, or in the next day or so.
This loan move that we make, or should make, 'could' be pivotal in our season as bringing in the right person to help see us through to the New Year may well make a hell of a lot of difference?
Now, lets get this right...
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Date:Tuesday November 23 2010
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