Back from holiday and thoughts on the Manchester City and Hearts performances to come tomorrow however, first of all, the fall out from yesterdays transfer window.
As always Sky, this time not taking a tip from the New Years Eve countdown, were there to see it through injecting drama into even the most mundane and unnewsworthy of moves. For us, after much speculation and rumour over the summer, the picture became clearer during the middle of the week with Charlie Adam (possibly Stoke), Jay Spearing (possibly Bolton or Wolves on loan) and Joe Cole (your guess is as good as mine) being earmarked to ply their trade elsewhere for he rest of the season?
Dimitar Berbatov went to Craven Cottage with a view to getting into bed with Fulham. If the move went through would a chain reaction start? Berbatov’s signing could mean that Fulham might be prepared to release Clint Dempsey to us (or elsewhere) which could mean Andy Carroll going somewhere else? Well some of this was true Berbatov moved and so did Dempsey but not to us. Not such a bad thing had we not managed, to allow Andy Carroll to go on loan to West Ham the day before. A case of putting the cart before the horse or, if you’re not a Carroll fan, the carthorse before the horse?
In previous posts I’d stated that in the light of last season’s form we needed to concentrate on finishing however, in order to do this you need recognised strikers sadly we appear intent on getting rid of them! It’ was always debatable as to whether Dempsey fell into his category, much of his time at Fulham was spent playing in midfield, we would need more? Attempts to secure Daniel Sturridge on a loan deal fell on fallow ground and with nothing else forthcoming and Carroll gone we now fine ourselves light in the very area were our problems were last season.
As the deadline clock clicked down I sat thinking that surely we’d come up with something however, as the minutes and then seconds ticked away, and Sky got more and more excited, nothing happened no last ditch deal, no knight on a white charger to save the day. The immediate reaction is to use words and phrases such as “incompetence”, “bad business”, “poor judgment”, “bad timing” however, perhaps it will work out? Perhaps Fabio Borini will sweep all before him, let’s hope he and Luis Suarez avoid injury, I wouldn’t get too settled in the East End Andy? Perhaps it will be good thing and a young pretender will come to the fore but hell we even reduced our options in this area by selling Nathan Eccleston!
The Dempsey deal always seemed an uphill affair. However I can’t see, having received £4m for Charlie Adam, why we couldn’t go the extra mile to secure his services? Moreover why didn’t we go for Berbatov with our £4m although no doubt Fergie would have something to say about that? Reports suggest that that we needed to sell before we could buy however, if you only do to first of these just how much trouble are you making for yourself? Perhaps our reticence in this window was born out of last season’s experience when we splashed the cash? Is it any co-incidence that we’ve not been as active, off loaded Adam, tried to use Jordan Henderson as a makeweight in the Dempsey deal and loaned out Carroll? All these players were signed last season presumably on high wages?
Elsewhere and the moves involving Spearing (loan to Bolton) and Adam (to Stoke for £4m) does not surprise, the midfield was looking a bit crowded, presumably attempts to off load Joe Cole, and his considerable salary, were spiked because he is currently injured?
So the question is, what are we seeing? Do we have a manager who is overly keen to offload what he perceives as deadwood? To sweep clean prior to introducing a brave new world? Do we see owners who having had their fingers burnt are, having bought in Joe Allen and Fabio Borini, plus assorted “ones for the future”, have decided “enough is enough” for now? Whatever the case I’ve a feeling that squad wise we may find ourselves treading a very thin tight rope. Brendon Rogers was always going to have a challenge after yesterdays “work” it may be even greater?