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Looking ahead

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of silence; the transfer window has shut, the Chinese rumours have quietened down and it’s pretty dead news-wise in general across the Championship. Welcome to the international break.

I’ve probably said it before on this site, but I’m not a fan of the international weekend. I did watch the England game on TV, but international football doesn’t really do it for me in the same way as watching Blues does. I don’t get the same buzz when Wayne Rooney taps in after a fine England move that I’d get if Blues managed to squeeze the ball in the net off someone’s arse in a goalmouth scramble. It might be a better style of football watching the three lions strut their stuff, but it just doesn’t mean anything to me.

It’s not even like many Blues players got to play this weekend. Jean Beausejour apparently had a decent 70 odd minutes in Chile’s friendly against Spain, and Jonathan Spector was sat on the subs bench in Carson, California as the United States lost 1-0 to Costa Rica; but other than that I don’t think any other Blues players featured for their national sides. It’s certainly not the same as last season when Blues could count on up to half their squad leaving Wast Hills to train with their compatriots.

The only bit of news I’ve seen that has any relevance to Blues is that Newcastle are going to refuse any loan bids for striker Nile Ranger. I have to admit, ethics apart I’m quite glad personally that it looks like the forward won’t be coming – I don’t rate him that highly and I believe we can probably do better in the loan market. I can accept it’s a player that Chris Hughton knows, and thus one he probably wants to work with – however, I can’t see him doing it for us at St Andrews.

The thing with loan signings is they’ve got to add to the squad. We can’t just bring in players that are cover because there’s no point improving someone else’s kids by using them from the bench when realistically we could do that with our own. With fifty games (at least still to play this season we do need bodies – that’s a fact – but in my personal opinion, we must sign players that can go straight into the team when needed.

No doubt with Tatts back from holiday as of tomorrow we’ll have some more news on the Blues front with relation to how the squad is going to be bolstered; I have to admit I’ve been impressed by Chris Hughton so far and I’m intrigued as to who he can attract to the club to take us up a notch. One thing is for sure – right now I believe Chris Hughton is the man to lead Blues to better things, and I’m excited to see what he can do.

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20 Responses to “Looking ahead”

  • Mike Raybone says:

    Myhill was with Wales too I beleive

  • JohnR says:

    Boring isn’t it, can’t wait for Sunday.Like you I think Hughton is going to be a good manager for us but we are only one place above the relegation places and he has to convince me that he can sort the defence out. We’ve given away too many goals already which were avoidable and the central pair are prone to silly errors, combine that with a goalkeeper who I have reservations about and there is a lot of work for Hughton to do.
    To be fair we’ve only had one home game and we have had injuries so there is reason to be optimistic but we do need the team to concentrate when they are in front and not let slip these winning positions.

  • John says:

    Thanks to Chris Hughton and the team,we have already seen a better brand of football at St.Andrews this season,than we have for a long time. The atmosphere for the game against National,was magic,with the fans,helping to make it, a night to remember. It could be,that we might not fare as well away,this season,but I think we will see some very good and exiting performances, at home. Even if we don’t achieve promotion, or a good cup run, I believe the season will be one to remember,for all the right reasons.

  • Mark says:

    What blues need now is a run of games winning and that breeds confidence this team is still in the stages of getting to know each other. We only had few matches and still we got players coming back from injury aswell as coming in. Hopefully there will be continuity within the playing side what matters is we are also playing good football. With a few more players we could be very good side, with regards to Nile Ranger CH can is what a good player he is, and he continues to purse him. If this player can get goals surely he’s worth punt than jerome ever was. KRO

  • Blueboy 88 says:

    I agree loan signings should add quality to the squad.
    That’s why I would like to see us approach Chelsea & Man Utd for
    Josh McEachran & Fredrico Macheda.
    Top draw young prospects who would prosper under CH with more game time,
    & of course offer the additional opportunity of playing regular competitive European football .

  • The SIlver Fox says:

    European football should help us in regard to the calibre of player/team we can approach, never pick up the apples that are on the ground, go for the nice ones high up the tree…..they can only say no…..

  • michblue says:

    I only watch game on TV in the US and that provides a different view than seeing a player on the field in the ground. But I saw Ranger play twice as a substitute for Newcastle last year and I thought he was a talent. Tall, agile and fast – I think he will be a potent weapon in the Championship if he can work out his personal problems

  • Birdy says:

    Great piece. I’ve been equally impressed with CH and have taken to writing a blog of my own (not quite at your level though!), hosted on the B31 Supporters site: http://b31blues.com/the-exiles-blog/.

    Agree with Mark that a winning run is what this club needs, and indeed is what this division is all about. I think away matches after every European game may scupper that though.

    Blueboy 88 – think you might have been playing a bit too much Football Manager with your suggested loan signings, pal!

    • Connor says:

      It’s about hitting form at the right time though – so hopefully after Xmas when the team have gelled properly and our Euro adventure is probably over we can get a run going just like we did in our first promotion!

  • john says:

    With the loan window open on Thursday, get some ooomf into the team.
    As much as he is hated, I would be going for El Haj DIOUF. He gets the team going.
    I don’t know if he has been released for definite but I would have a look.
    After all, we cant be choosey in our state.

  • Griff says:

    When King is fit, he will get us 20 goals, no doubt.

  • ScudMuffin says:

    Ch has got a good style of play but needs another finisher. Paul Benson springs to mind. From what I’ve seen blues have 3 centre forwards in ziggy, rooney and wood which suggests nearly all goals are coming from set pieces and midfield players.

  • Mark says:

    Just a quick note quite a few fans are not happy with myhill out of the signing he’s the one most nerveness. I think he wil become a good keeper with more games…. I hope CH gives butland a opportunity maybe in a cup game or european game. He needs to experience first team football. What do other fans think……….. We do need at least one forward to give us 20 goals

  • Poppa999 says:

    I think Myhill is okay. But let’s destroy him with constant barracking. Blues fans are always looking for scapegoat.


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