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Denny Departs

It was confirmed yesterday by Blues that Denny Johnstone has left the club for an undisclosed fee to join Colchester United. The 21-year-old striker had spent the last season on loan at Greenock Morton where he had scored 17 goals in 43 appearances.

Johnstone made his debut in the 2014/15 season under Lee Clark but following two sub appearances didn’t get close to the squad again and was subsequently loaned to Macclesfield Town, Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion before a year north of the border with Greenock Morton.

With Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan in front of him in the pecking order it was always going to be difficult for him to get game time and I think this might be the right move for him to continue building his career.

It’s always sad when we let go a young player but I think Rowett must have decided that despite Johnstone’s haul in Scotland last season there wasn’t enough there to keep him on as backup for the Championship; particularly as Blues are looking to bring in another forward and generally only play with one striker.

I don’t think Johnstone will be the only player to depart Blues this summer; as much as I’m sure we’re going to bring in some quality I think on the other end it could mean the end for some of the more fringe players who are pushed further into the edges of the squad.

For example, I could see Koby Arthur being let go. Once hailed as the bright new thing, Arthur’s star has declined somewhat and I think he’s at a point now where his progression has completely stalled and I think the time has probably come where he’ll be let go to play football elsewhere to allow another young player the chance to push for the first team squad.

With the Blues squad reporting back for training today I don’t think it’ll be too long before we start to see players coming in to the team. Hopefully we’ll get at least one in before they depart for pre-season camp in Marbella; it would be nice to see the team somewhat take shape over the next month ready for the first game of the season against Cardiff on August 6th.

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142 Responses to “Denny Departs”

  • B34blues says:

    And when do the team depart for Marbella ?

  • DJ says:

    Really hope that the kid Hale is given a crack this season. Looks like a top prospect! KRO

    • almajir says:

      For the billionth time, not ready for the first team yet – he’s barely played u21 football…

    • Royinamillion says:

      Agree this kids got class and should at least train with the first team squad to assess. I don’t believe age comes into it. He’ll be 18 soon and lets face it there are many examples of talented kids making the move upwards at a younger age than Hale. From what I have seen of him he has enormous talent . I don’t care what squad he’s been in scoring goals like he does shows he has what it takes.

  • DaveP says:

    I think Tesche’s arrival means the end for Shinnie too

  • My problem is the question why promising young players fade , stats tell us so much ,that these young players have weaknesses , But Wenger signs players with faults , 6 months later they make a first team sub appearance as a complete player , ours do not . Perhaps we select youngsters in the wrong way , except for keepers , and centrebacks who have to be tall , perhaps we should take more notice of how young players parents are physically attributed , eg : ankles , knees, backs , necks ect , as young bodies can change dramatically over a short distance of time , size 6 shoes can turn into size ten .ect . And those nimble feet can turn into burdons….

  • Tony E says:

    Koby Arthur has talent and I wonder if we could use him as bait to get a player in on an exchange deal such as Bradshaw from Walsall. Probably just wishful thinking.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    I only saw a fleeting glance of Denny, but I thought he looked as though he had potential. I recall that some Celtic fans were not happy when we got him, as they saw him as one for the future. He has played for all of Scotland’s youth sides since he was fifteen. He has proven that he is a capable goal scorer. Why did we not get him back to Wast Hills and put him through a rigorous program to gauge his fitness and abilities? With so few attacking options, I would have thought that he would have been a low cost, low risk option, rather than bringing someone in for half a mill and moving him on next season. A strange decision if you ask me.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think a lot of the time, If your face don’t fit you’re on your bike.

    • Ryan Foley says:

      because he isn’t good enough..

    • des says:

      Bluenose sol

      You’ve answered your own question, we have too many ahead of him, Donaldson Vaughan, the new striker we are after and possibly rising star Ronan Hale, so GR places Denny fifth in the queue to play, also bear in mind that we generally only ever play one up top.

      KRO

    • Rosalino says:

      This sale needs to be put in perspective. Adam Rooney gets regular games for Aberdeen, the team that finished second in the SPL. The Scottish Championship is even worse standard wise than that. I saw a number of St Mirren games (on their lovely student tv package), and the standard of football is rotten. Johnstone had 1 year left on his contract, it was fairer to him to let him go so he could get a longer contract/more solid future, and we probably got a couple of grand to keep the cash flow ticking over.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Face didn’t fit with Rowett and that’s the problem our manager as . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Snap! :)

    • Bluenosesol says:

      Dave he wasn’t around the club long enough to decide if his face fitted or not. He was with Celtic as a boy for 5 years before signing a professional contract, he has played on and off for Scotland Youth ever since. Even an average player would have been kicked off the scene in an instant if he couldn’t measure up to Celtic or Scottish National standards and he maintained that for years. He has far better form than Brock Marsden had when we signed him. It would have cost us very little to invest a little love and effort into him and tell him that the no 9 shirt was his to earn! In our position, you have to wring every opportunity dry, not pass them on because you cant be *rsed!!

      • Dave Mann says:

        As I said his face didn’t fit .. and he isent good enough ! KRO

        • Bluenosesol says:

          Dave, Crewe Alexander said Jamie Vardy wasn’t good enough in 2009, so did Rotherham United!!

          • Dave Mann says:

            Because in 2009 he wasn’t good enough ! KRO .. and like the rest of the England team Monday night he’s still not good enough ! :-)

          • ChrisG says:

            Because in 2009 Vardy was a drunken piss head who most of the time couldn’t stand up let alone kick a ball

          • Bluenosesol says:

            Ah, must still be a useless pisshead then ;-)

    • almajir says:

      Or he wasn’t good enough.

      #justsaying

    • Waycoolblue says:

      Not good enough was the problem.

      • mark says:

        obviously your opinion?

        • Bluenosesol says:

          Some of these guys should become scouts. I managed boys football for nigh on a decade and had several who went on to professional football. A player who lasted 5 years in Celtic youth and has played for Scotland under 16,17,18 and 19 and who scored 17 goals last season is “good enough” to be considered for our squad. I would love to understand how so many have determined he was not good enough based on the opportunity they have had to assess him!!!

          • mark says:

            thank you ;)

          • zxcv says:

            I remember not so many years ago Blues were reportedly in for Gareth Bale and the vast majority of people on the Blues forum were dead against us signing him, just didn’t`rate him ext ext.

          • Waycoolblue says:

            Look he ant one of your buys he had no success in the lower leagues of England. Yes a bit of success in Scotland but come on they are worlds away from the English game its kick and rush football all the way. with low quality defences.

          • des says:

            BLUENOSESOL

            Good points and spoken with some real experience behind it but its only Gary`s view that counts. Good luck to Denny.

            KRO

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    This time last year Blues were struggling to get Arthur to sign a new contract and people were sweating we’d lose him.By all accounts he’s gone backwards since and it just goes to show that no matter how much we fans herald our young talent,it doesn’t mean they’re going to be good enough.Its ok people saying just throw them in and see what happens but that’s high risk stuff for GR and he could quickly end up in a relegation fight if it didn’t work.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      I don’t think any of our young talent is anything special at the moment and the people on here who are absolutely obsessed about it don’t have their job’s and reputations on the line by risking all on them. The real cream like Butland, Redmond and Gray rises to the top and unless we are in the Premier League move on to better things. There is a reason the others don’t break through – they are not good enough!!! Even if GR doesn’t rate them they are watched by other clubs so if they were good enough some other club would come in and take them off our hands. In the case of Johnston the fact it is Colchester United should tell all you need to know.On the subject of Shotton I hope that is not our last centre back signing before the start of the season. I have no problem with having him as cover though.

    • jonno11blue says:

      Blues form from the start of 2016 could be classed as relegation form and from the lack of activity in the transfer market to date we will be in the lower reaches of the championship. We know money is still tight so it’s time Rowett found some bottle and gave some of these youngsters a chance.
      I find it very worrying that not once has he mentioned getting a left back in, considering he was a defender he’s very blinkered when it comes to Grounds- he is just not good enough. Caddis also needs competition someone with more quality than Spector.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        Far too early to be forming opinions on our transfer activity.If the season were to kick off on Saturday then maybe but nobody has signed anyone yet really.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Who in Blues’ under 21 squad will make a breakthrough to the first team this coming season and thereby save the club money?
    Here are some who might….Defenders Josh Cogley, Wes Harding and Steve Seddon.
    Midfielders…..Reece Brown, Luke Maxwell, Koby Arthur and Charlee Adams.
    Strikers……….Alex Jones and Ronan Hale.
    Maybe none of them will emerge, but each has a great opportunity in pre-season to stake a claim.
    I wish them all good luck.

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      It would be good to replace Caddis and Grounds from within or at least becomes an adequate backup that C and G know their places are being properly challenged.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      It’s ok having this young talent at the club, but you’ve got to have a manager with the balls to take a risk now and then. Our Gaz just isn’t that kind of manager, it’s safety first every time.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Solomon-Otabor, probably. Adams, possibly. Brown, maybe. Maxwell, might get a sniff. Other than those, I can’t see anyone else getting a look in.

    • Richard Granfield says:

      Staffs….Solomon-Otabor has already broken through and Maxwell at 6′ 5″ could be converted to centre-back.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        That’s true. Demarai Gray broke through and went on to better things. But then Reece Brown and Kobi Arthur broke through, but barely had a sniff since.

      • Mitchell says:

        Richard.That would be a shame as I have seen a lot of Maxwell playing for Kiddy. He is a strong gifted midfielder with a touch of Hoddle about him. It doesn’t really surprise me that GR may use him as a CH- but if he eventually moves on due to lack of chances then a future quality manager will see him as a midfielder.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          If he’s got the makings of a decent centre midfielder, leave him there. He’s got plenty of time to drop back later in his career, as a lot of players do.

          • zxcv says:

            I have been saying GR lacks the bottle since about the 10th game into last season. People on all forums thought I was wrong but as the season went on it became more and more obvious and I said time will tell and it has.

  • mark says:

    other player leaves without given the opportunity :/

    • Richard Granfield says:

      Mark….Johnstone wasn’t a Rowett buy, even Clark didn’t play him. He has had numerous loan moves at lower levels without success, eventually landing at a League 2 club.

  • If I was playing well for the under 21 s. Last season , and watched how the first team failed to deliver towards the end of the season , ,I would want to know why I haven’t been given a chance when players in the first team were off form …when a team is not delivering no one is an untouchable even Rowett &co . All must stand up and be found not wanting for this club of ours to have success…….KRO

  • mark says:

    BM – possible Ryan shotton coming

  • mark says:

    possible extra 1mil with the sale of Nathan, do we trust GR well this season will definately decide his future……..

  • Bluesfan says:

    Wasn’t that impressed with Shotton I thought he was to slow and a bit dopey though it looks like he’s going to sign him.

  • Waycoolblue says:

    Johnstone was never going to be good enough..at this level. He is 21 almost 22 years old if he ant in the first team now he will never be in the team so It was the right thing for him and us. good Luke to him. Koby Arthur IMO needs to go out on lone to a league 1 club like Walsall see how he gets on. GR knows he as someone coming in and is clearing the decks all the players that are not going to be good enough will be moved on. That Football KRO..

  • Waycoolblue says:

    Fee agreed on Ryan Shotton. almost dune

  • Asher Ray says:

    Dont sell Shinnie please

  • Steve in Yorkshire says:

    Shotton not a really exciting signing, but we very much know what we are getting presumably for a reasonable price and he does seem very eager to come in and stake his claim as a starter which I really like. I fancy that regular football will knock off some of his rough edges and sharpen his decision making especially with Robbo’s coaching and advice.

    Maybe not the vocal dominant leader we want next to Morro right now, but I think in time he is likely to be more vocal and more of a leader once settled. He is the right age, has the height, physicality and bit of pace that I think we lack and I don’t think he’s too shabby on the ball for a centre half. That throw has got to pay off at some point too. So in terms of offering something we don’t have, I think he does tick several boxes and is a no brainer. Decent signing.

    Left back and striker now please…

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I still believe that both Morrison and Shotton would create a good partnership… alongside a big dominant centre back. But next to each other? I’m yet to be convinced.

  • Trevor Honnor says:

    I’m happy with Shotton signing. Awful at Right Back last season, decent in the middle. Centre Backs improve dramatically when played regularly in a partnership.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    So far we have..

    Kuszczak, Legzdins

    Caddis, Grounds

    Morrison, Robinson, Spector, Shotton (possible)

    Tesche, Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Davis, Adams, Brown, Maxwell

    Cotterill, Maghoma, Solomon-Otabor

    Fabbrini, Shinnie

    Donaldson, Vaughan, Brock-Madsen

    That’s a squad of 23 already. Add a left back, left midfielder and striker to that, it will make 26. Not exactly “small and tight.” Either some won’t get squad numbers, or two or three more will be on their way… either loaned or permanent.

    • zxcv says:

      Staffs, We do not know who from that squad will remain and who we will bring in, all I know is that imo that squad is nowhere near good enough for a promotion push either via top two of a playoff spot. I am a bit concerned we have not made our defensive frailties ie at c/half and left back our main priority and that the team will be going away next week with just one addition that is not imo a priority signing (am not saying he is not a good signing) but just not a priority imo.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I think most would agree with that mate.

        • zxcv says:

          I think its good that you have actually put up that squad as it sort of brings it home just how much work really needs to be done to strim it and to rebuild it. We need to pull our fingers out now.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        After this week, we have 5 weeks until our first league game. The longer a player has to integrate into a squad/team, the better he’ll start the season imo.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        Zxcv it’s clear to 99% of us that the squad needs strengthening.The real transfer activity begins in July when the players etc return from their holidays.Don’t panic!

        • zxcv says:

          Hillfield, I am not sure who your on about but I refer you to the first poster above who asked this.

          And when do the team depart for Marbella ?

          and this answer was.

          almajir says:

          Tuesday I think

          • zxcv says:

            think it may be best you just speak for yourself and not 99% of us that can make up our own minds.

          • Hillfield Blues says:

            So all signings need to be made by Tuesday do they?? Your panicking again.Theres a long way to go yet.Chill out and have another look in a month or so.

          • zxcv says:

            would you like to show me where I said ” all players have to be signed by Tuesday” I think you need to see your doctor, if you are seeing things that are not written. lol. and while your their just mention to him that you keep imagining that people are Panicking for making an opinion. if you have had medication for this before you must read the label and swallow it not rub it into your scalp.

          • Hillfield Blues says:

            Read your original comment again.Why is it that we need to make signings before we report back or go on a pre-season tour?.Never has a football clubs business been concluded before then so stop panicking,there’s loads of time.Panic,Panic,panic.

    • Andrew says:

      no disrespect to robbo but if he is counted as a viable option at the back we are struggling. surely has to be someone of better quality than him within our financial limits.

  • williammorgan says:

    Derby fans rate him at centreback , and his stats say has already been said with a run he will make a good partner for Morrison , more so I believe in the prem later , he can score goals as well …hey he is no Adams but sometimes a good partnership is worth more ….KRO

    • zxcv says:

      If Shotton is to be first choice c/half he will be an improvement on last seasons farces in that position but is an improvement alone what we really need, ???

  • bhamcityjulian says:

    My belief is that Cotterill’s buy-out clause will be activated and if we get a decent bid for Donaldson he will be sold or moved from main striker of that is required to guarantee a new striker sufficient game time to join us.

    • zxcv says:

      I suspect you are saying what you want to happen and not what you think will happen.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      If Donaldson remains No.1 striker, I can’t see things being much different to last season. It’s ok buying players to provide the ammunition, but you have to have someone to put the chances away. 11 goals for a main striker is paltry imo… and certainly nowhere near good enough to push us towards the top 6. On the other hand, if a good striker is brought in, I can’t see Donaldson wanting to play second fiddle after 2 season of being top dog.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        Donaldson has been pound for pound our best signing in recent times and I don’t know where we would be without his tireless running especially last season.I do however agree that we have fallen into a rut with a system of play that suits his energetic style.Our over reliance on him has come back to bite us after he was injured last season and he lost some form.
        I think with the finances now looking a bit healthier its down to Rowett to earn his corn this pre-season and find an alternative style of play and sign some different types of player accordingly although I think selling Donaldson is far too hasty imo.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          From reading Rowett over the last few weeks, next season will be the same old 4-2-3-1. A few better quality players might make it work better than last season, but I don’t expect it to be any more exciting either way.

        • David L says:

          The Don :great servant, has run his heart out for the club – and in both seasons we haven’t scored enough goals and have finished 10th.

          Why would a third season with the same guy up front go any different?

          Look , don’t get me wrong, can’t fault the bloke’s work rate, but we need to cash in on him and try something different cos more of the same doesn’t really excite.

          • Dave Mann says:

            Exactly . KRO

          • Hillfield Blues says:

            I agree that playing him up top on his own and looking at him as our main goal threat has gone a bit stale but he’s still a handful if he were to be played in a two or even on the left.
            For what we would get for him at his age it would be difficult to get anything better with the money.

    • jonno11blue says:

      There has been no confirmation, as far as I know that Cotterill has a buy out clause, it’s just media speculation.

  • Andrew says:

    not seen the kid play so no loss imo, we should be more worried about defenders right now than stikers

  • KC says:

    I would be surprised if GR is signing Shotton as centre back .cover and then plans to bring in someone else as first choice . Perhaps wishful thinking but I had hoped our new consultant might have found a decent centre back in his little black book.

  • KC says:

    Hoped our new football consultant might have found a decent centre back from his little black book. Cannot see Rowett buying Shotton just for cover and then bringing in a first choice above him, at least not in this transfer window. Dissappointed but realistic. KRO

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Rumoured that we are about to sign Shotton on a permanent basis,WOW! Wonder what gem GR has next up his sleeve,I dread to think

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      A good signing and a decent CB who did well on loan but not at RB.

    • Mitchell says:

      Quite right. Mediocre and safe which will satisfy most supporters. All old hands now back so our aspirations will remain as before.Really thought Chester may have pulled a few out of the bag. Perhaps he has but cannot see a glut of incomers now that Tesche,Shotton and of course Fabbrini have returned. What imo was priority was for a quality CH,LB and a good un to run alongside Donaldson at the expense of the returning threesome. At Brentford,Donaldson had Dallas and Gray-never a lone runner. We may yet get this but as yet imo,money could have been better spent.

  • Dave Mann says:

    We knew that this morning mate ! KRO… Let’s hope that gem is not an England player at least .. Pathetic morons !!

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Apologies Dave Mann,I will go back to my crystal ball…oh wait whats this I see..oh no its our new No.9 Trevor Aylott, or is it Carl Richards!

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Dave,forgot to say who actually played for England the other night,emphasising teh word PLAYED?
    Agree they are morons,but bloody well paid Morons
    Wait till we get some serious monies and then we can then buy quality players,but not English Internationals,oh dear is it my crystal ball getting misty or me getting carried away into fantasy land?
    KRO

  • Dave Mann says:

    Yes on all counts . KRO .. That’s carried away .. by the way ! KRO

  • If we sell Donaldson , who is going to score goals in coming off the bench if the new striker is injured ,

  • williammorgan says:

    If we sell the Don who is going to score goals if our new striker is injured ….and who knows playing from the bench might reincarnate his career ..

    • StaffsBlue says:

      To be fair, how often have we actually tried something different, other than fecking it up to Donaldson for 90 minutes every game? He’s started 83 of 92 league games since he arrived, so we don’t actually know if we can play any differently, with a better quality striker.

  • Dave Mann says:

    We needs new goalscorer not striker ..and yes there is a difference . KRO

  • zxcv says:

    I think the problem with Donaldson is not down to him its down to us not having more than one way of playing, Donaldson has run his arse off week after week game after game and tbh any decent manager will know yhis is not practical or even possible. the don did it for far to long as a willing person that he is but you have to come to a time when its just to much and that time was the end of his first season. Rowett should have worked on changing it so we can do a bit of both but was afraid again of spoiling what he thought could last forever and it plainly cant.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Donaldson’s only failing, is that he doesn’t score enough goals and, I totally agree, it’s because of the way Rowett plays the game. I’ve always liked him as a player, long before he joined us, which is why it’s so annoying that we’ve never gotten the best out of him. Having to fight for long balls all game every game must p*ss him off too. He needs someone alongside him and no, I don’t mean a midfielder.

      • zxcv says:

        Correct staffs, and lets not forget the chaps age but still Rowett persists on the only way he knows with a one up top.and as you or someone said looks like its going to be same again.

      • Dave Mann says:

        Yes true , a goalscorer . :-) KRO

      • Dave Mann says:

        Vaughan, Brock, Denny, Donaldson .. All strikers but can’t see to many prolific goalscorers in those four .. Claridge, Forsell, King , now they are goalscorers and that’s the point I was making . KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    When trying to analyse the Chester appointment it may be that he is concentrating on the European striking option for us. So far the three in does not reflect his input(imo)-so maybe it is wishful on my part that a gem may come across the water. Dave Mann has the feeling Cotterill and possibly Don.may go which is fair logic with a new approach up front. Staleness with both players must be setting in and a decent fee for the ageing pair may be the tonic for a fresh formation that just may attract the extra fans badly needed at Stans.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I wonder what that fresh formation would be. From the moment he walked through the door, Mr Rowett has insisted that we can’t play 4-4-2 because our midfield isn’t strong enough. Surely nearly 2 seasons is long enough to have changed that?

      • Mitchell says:

        Staffs..As long as I can remember we have never really had a strong midfield. It is surely a smokescreen about the midfield. This area of play is highly overrated and with the majority of championship clubs. Clubs that get promoted don’t ever concentrate of the blessed midfield-they get the ball out wide and get the crosses in for TWO decent guys to do the rest, if you want a better example-just look at England and see the midfielders passing side to side and back to Hart and visa versa. My message to GR is ‘bugger the midfield and get two decent front men to receive the wingers crosses’.end of.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Spoken like a true fan Mitchell … 4-4-2 and get the ball wide and Upto a front two .. Forget pussy footing around like that expensive dead head England midfield that created very little and attack with a bit more purpose and defend your goal for your life .. A bit like Iceland really ! KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Forget all your namby-pamby, tikki takka cobblers. There’s nothing more exciting in football (for me anyway) than seeing a winger flying down the wing, beating the full back and crossing for a big striker to power home.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    According to the BM, Barnsley have offered £350,000 for Tom Bardshaw, which Walsall have turned down. They want £750,000. £750,000 for a proven goalscorer? We should be in like Flynn at that price! Shouldn’t we?

    • zxcv says:

      I think once again Rowett is bottling it, he is afraid that Bradshaw might fail at an higher level, He will take freebees from the lower league all day long, but to risk his credibility by wasting more money is becoming an issue in my opinion, and is holding us back even at only £750.000.

      • Dave Mann says:

        I think your right zxcv . KRO

        • Tony says:

          I’m sure he’s right Dave

          • Hillfield Blues says:

            OMG!! How do you lot know GR is even in for him?.Couldn’t he be looking elsewhere?.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I’m afraid I have to agree with the lads above. Bradshaw, at £750k has got to be worth taking a chance on. Rowett didn’t mind wasting £400k on Brock-Madsen. Bradshaw is the type of player we should be, at least, looking at.

          • Hillfield Blues says:

            Staffs,we may well end up buying him for all we know.My point is that for people to be coming to the conclusion that Rowett has passed up the opportunity to sign Bradshaw for 750k because he’s a bottler is completely unfactual and ridiculous.Isnt he still at the Euro’s?

  • williammorgan says:

    I recall having these same comments with McLeish and Bruce , we seem to have a liking for deaf British managers , we the fans need entertaining , the sponsors need entertaining football for their companies to be noticed , Managers are treated badly in football , but often it is their own fault , they rightly want full control but fail to impress when they get it …we need an alround goal machine at this club to succeed , and once again we are farting about getting the defence right whilst the goalscoring targets are getting less and less . Are we dragging our feet untill it is sold …

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Fully agree with Mitchell and Dave Mann. Come on GR lets go for it and have an attacking formation that has two fast and direct strikers(and who can put the ball in the net). Messing around with the ball in midfield without any creativity is not going to get us anywhere,and only leads to opposing teams pushing us back to being on the defensive.
    Over to you GR inspire us please

  • Richard Granfield says:

    With WBA looking for a new striker should we make an effort to sign Victor Anichebe?
    He is available on a free and is a better player, with a better pedigree than £1m rated Bradshaw.

    • zxcv says:

      might suit GR because he is free and less of a gamble for him, but why are we looking at freebees if we have money to spend and we do have money to spend. We should do what I have been saying all along and make our minds up if we are to trust Rowett with big money if not lets move him on and get someone in with a more proven ability in the transfer market, we just can`t go on looking at freebees if we are serious about making the step up.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        There are some good freebies/Bosman’s around. The difference is in the wages they’re asking. A bit more dosh could land us a decent quality player on half decent wages.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Not for me Richard , we’ve had this one before and I think most of us said he was injury prone and lazy so it’s a big NO from me . KRO

  • KC says:

    Hope we are not paying much for Shotton when the transfer goes through. Would really like to see him settle in quickly and help to stabilise our defence but don’t feel positive on this one.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Ryan Shotton signs three year contract … At least we are signing players and not loaning them . KRO

  • KC says:

    Wish I could get excited about Shotton !

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    New additions will not be out of place in Division1. Where are we going with signings? No real quality WOW signings to-date and here we are,albeit surmising,unsure about Bradshaw @ £750k!! If ever there was a time when we needed an experienced Director Football it is now.
    Waiting for the next Vardy ain’t going to happen with the current team management structure I’m afarid

    • David L says:

      750K for a sharp, keen, fit, proven goalscorer who lives locally?

      Why aren’t we down there with the chequebook?

      Yes, I know, Div 1 and all that – but top end of Div 1 for 2 seasons running – scoring in and out of the box, with foot and head.

      Even if he doesn’t crack it at Champ level we could probably get most of that cash back on resale.

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Fair point David L, I think GR likes to stay in his comfort zone and wont “look outside the box”. Someone has suggested a Bradshaw/Wilson partnership? Ok unproven to a certain level,certainl in the Championship,but surely a better gamble than getting someone along Donaldson,sorry his passed it


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