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apologies to Thongs of smallheathalliance.com for stealing his daily thread title
As the second week of the transfer window comes to an end, the level of frustration online with respect to Blues action (or lack thereof) in the transfer window is rising. Having seen what Gary Rowett said about the window on Monday, I wanted to respond in kind with my opinion on where I think we should be.
It’s been a great fourteen months or so at St Andrew’s hasn’t it? I can’t tell you how nice it is to go to a game without fear of what is going to happen next and in hope and expectation of a result. No longer am I able to make comments online offering an exponential number of twix bars to the lucky person who can guess the lineup formation safe in the knowledge I’ll never have to pay up. The team is organised and is exceeding it’s ability – and much of that is down to you.
However, I’m going to annoy you again. I know you didn’t like what I said before the loan transfer window deadline about signing players – but that issue has cropped up again. We’re nearly two weeks into this window and Blues are yet to add a “new” player (discounting James Vaughan who had already been with us on loan) to their ranks despite your remarks about “the cavalry arriving in January” and Blues being “in a strong position to strengthen the squad” this month.
I know it’s not easy to bring in players. I’m not going to insult you by insinuating it’s like a game of Football Manager on the PC – I know it’s a complex business and that for every player signed you’ve probably enquired about 30 others that we don’t know about. However, it does seem like every window we’re faced with the same problem – that time ticks on without us making a signing leaving us frantic and missing out at the end of the window. How many players did you miss out on loan deadline day because there wasn’t time to talk players and clubs into sorting a deal out?
I hear what you’re saying about wages – I’ve spoken about that often enough on here. I know that Blues while having cash still can’t afford to offer wages like Cardiff who gave Federico Macheda 35k per week – and I know that even 20k a week until the end of the season is half a million quid; I understand that. It’s frustrating when people seem to think that we can spend millions on transfers as well as wages without factoring in how much that affects the club financially – especially when it needs £7.2million from Trillion Trophy Asia to stay afloat.
The thing is Gary – it’s not like we don’t know the positions we needed to fill in. It’s not like you had no inkling Demarai Gray was going to leave and it’s not like you didn’t know how much money you had to spend. If other clubs can do deals by working in the break between transfer windows – Wolves signed Michal Zyro the minute the deadline opened for example – why can’t we? Why do we take so long to bring in players?
We saw in the summer what happened with Robert Kiernan, Robert Tesche and Diego Fabbrini. For whatever reason, we missed out on all three – and while yes, you got Jon Toral and Maikel Kieftenbeld and they’ve done well we never did bring in a centre-back (bar Shane Lowry – and you seem to rate him as highly as I do) and now we’re struggling.
I know you like a small tight squad but it’s stretched to breaking point. Accepting Wes Thomas and Mitch Hancox aren’t going to play again, you picked our remaining fit 18 senior squad players against Forest. One injury or suspension and you’re either going to have to eat humble pie re those players or it’s down to raw kids again.
When you’ve got little money, it’s hard to spend it because you’re conscious you don’t want to waste a penny. Believe me, I understand that. However, if you want to be a boss as opposed to a head coach, you have to be the one to make decisions on transfers – and that means it’s time to sh*t or get off the pot. If we don’t have the cash to do it, then don’t make promises about the cavalry coming or about strengthening – be absolutely honest; under-promise and over-deliver.
The clock is ticking Gary. We’re not going to crucify you if you get one or two wrong – we just need to see that we can bring in some new blood and we’ll take it from there.
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