As is often the case, I’m really not sure at all how the upcoming transfer window will pan out.
Here’s what Tony Xia has said;
“In terms of strengthening, everyone knows that for January we have the FFP to look at. But very possibly we will bring in a couple of loans to strengthen our squad. We want to keep getting better and better and help us end the season well.”
So how does that work then?
We’re talking about actual costs and it’s not just about transfer fees, when it comes to what we have to pay out.
Wages, National insurance, pensions, agent’s fees and all that sort of stuff comes into it.
If we’re genuinely right on the FPP limit, surely if we’re looking to bring a couple of (no doubt stupidly well paid) loans in, it must make sense that we’re going to have to let a couple of decent players go to balance the books.
And that’s where I’m struggling.
There are a few candidates that might possibly leave, in my book.
Bjarnasson, Lansbury and Hogan might be on my list, regardless of if I rate them or not, but Bruce signed all three.
Would he be so willing to give up on them already?
You could probably throw in a right back or two, but who has any real value, Hutton apart?
Given that he’s been one of our best players this season, I’d be surprised if he left, although there was speculation about him going to Sheffield in the summer.
McCormack seems the most obvious candidate, with him maybe having the best value.
He wants out and Bruce wants him out, in my opinion.
But you have to wonder what his value is, now that his reputation has pretty much been ruined; particularly after the suggestions that he missed training at his current club (although, rumours, in fairness, totally denied by the club’s coach).
Is scoring 5 goals in seven games in the A league really enough to make him worth serious money?
I doubt it, myself.
Still, I’d guess there might be a championship club willing to go to £5 mill or so for him, somewhere.
Which isn’t much in the scheme of things.
I’m inclined to think that now is the perfect time for us to lash out for a decent striker and no, not just the latest flavour of the month in the championship, as we’ve already had our fingers burnt with RM and Hogan.
But, given our current striker’s injuries, I’m at a loss as to where Bruce might look.
Bruce has his work cut out, but we can only hope he comes up with the goods, which in fairness, he has with the likes of John Terry.
Very interesting times, I reckon.
Which could prove make or break.
I wish him the best of luck.