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Author Topic: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread  (Read 244970 times)

Offline JJ-AV

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2835 on: January 18, 2020, 07:33:13 AM »
We do need a midfielder and another forward on top of Samatta IMO.

N'Zonzi would be a good coup in the current situation. Like the look of Slimani although he's never really done it in England, clearly has ability if he's motivated.

The Vida links have gone quiet too haven't they?

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2836 on: January 18, 2020, 07:52:18 AM »
We've handled recruitment appallingly - not just now but in the summer. There is seemingly no reason why Samatta couldn't have been bought on January 1st - come to that, July 1st 2019. Inept and puts our survival on the line.

Of course it could have been done on 1st of January.

Then again, the mysteries of a transfer deal are generally alien to everybody on this site, seeing as nobody on this site has any experience of a single one.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2020, 08:29:07 AM by Ads »

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2837 on: January 18, 2020, 08:07:59 AM »
There is an old saying Ads.  You don't have to go down a coal mine to know it's dark.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2838 on: January 18, 2020, 08:15:29 AM »
But you wouldn't have the first clue as to the difficulties in coal mining. You can guess, I suppose. I've been in an old copper mine, I've been engrossed by our transfer business for years. I'm qualified neither for mineral extraction nor transfers. Can still write endlessly about the latter though.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2839 on: January 18, 2020, 08:25:56 AM »
I am agreeing with you Ads and Mr Underhill is a mate of mine (not a pun Mods).

Offline ChicagoLion

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2840 on: January 18, 2020, 08:44:13 AM »
I am agreeing with you Ads and Mr Underhill is a mate of mine (not a pun Mods).
Underhill started it with the word seemingly.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2841 on: January 18, 2020, 08:45:16 AM »
If it's such a piece of cake to bring players in, why is the window a month long, and not just a couple of hours instead?

We brought in roughly one a week in the summer.  I think what people are questioning is why did we not hit the ground running and pre-prepare for the window by agreeing fees up front, before the window opened.  To be left with no striker for today's game, against a fellow relegation rival is totally bloody stupid.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2842 on: January 18, 2020, 08:47:30 AM »
I am more concerned about our midfield than attack for today’s game.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2843 on: January 18, 2020, 08:49:29 AM »
I am more concerned about our midfield than attack for today’s game.


Absolutely. 

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2844 on: January 18, 2020, 08:50:56 AM »
I am more concerned about our midfield than attack for today’s game.


Absolutely.
No worries mate, we’ve got Drinky.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2845 on: January 18, 2020, 08:55:17 AM »
It is a bit of a shit show.

To be in this position with no viable centre forward in the first team in my view is indefensible, but I’m even more concerned that we appear to have no options worth considering from either the reserves or the youth teams suggests a complete lack of depth.

Not only should we consider what cover we have within the first team squad, we should be in a position to throw someone a chance from the development set up if needed.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2846 on: January 18, 2020, 09:17:02 AM »
I was reading Tom Heaton's interview on the OS when he joined (I think it was him anyway) and he said he'd known about his move a while before it happened so even his took a while. I guess some transfers are straightforward and get done in a day or two and some take an age for whatever reason (and i'm sure there are plenty). Like Ad's said, none of us know what a transfer entails.

It goes without saying it's pretty frustrating and very far from ideal going into another game without a striker but I'm sure the club didn't want that and I'm sure it wasn't for the lack of trying. It does sound like were are close to a couple coming in though which is the main thing.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2847 on: January 18, 2020, 09:21:21 AM »
If I had the choice of Nzonzi or a striker I would take Nzonzi.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2848 on: January 18, 2020, 09:24:50 AM »
Our transfer plans were thrown out of kilter by losing two players for the rest of the season on the first day of the window.

We all want players in and I’m sure that they’re doing everything that they can but it seems to me that most deals happen at the end of the January window whether we like it or not. As someone commented earlier in this post a transfer can be like buying a house where there’s a chain. We want player A from a club, they want to replace player A with player B who is at another club, these things are not straightforward. We are all impatient for us to get some bodies in particularly when you consider our current league position but we are at the mercy of so many things that our outside our control.

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Re: Winter transfer, gossip, speculation and usual butter ollocks thread
« Reply #2849 on: January 18, 2020, 09:36:45 AM »
The issue isn't January per se, it's the summer when this could and should have been avoided. To suggest that transfers are very sticky business in January and we should cut the club slack for that does not absolve them for fucking up September does it?

They can't have it both ways, they've made a mess full stop.