MFW regular, Alex Bain is back – this time with some thoughts on some in and outs that may or may not happen this January…
Okay, let’s have some fun now that the silly season has really got into full swing, although there is nothing silly about City announcing they are in negotiations to extend Todd Cantwell’s contract.
At the end of last week, Remi Mathews returned from Bolton, so it seems his proposed move is off although the EDP are saying there are other Championship clubs interested in signing him. In the north it’s being reported that Bolton still want him, but would you sign for a club that is having so many financial problems and owes your parent club £200,000?
Reports have emerged from Turkey claiming City are tracking Turkish international Yusuf Yazici as a possible transfer target, should promotion to the Premier League be achieved, and also that Ivo Pinto is in talks for a permanent move to Rizespor.
Some other rather more ambitious rumours doing the rounds are that City are interested in (deep breath)… Angel Romero, Oliver Torres, Robert Mak, M’Baye and Kingsley Schindle, most of which will only have a shred of credibility if City actually gain promotion. But, if City are looking at these, then there are certainly other clubs also interested.
I’m dreaming but, in my opinion, two good signings would be Victor Anichebe and Fernando Llorente – both excellent players – although of course it would more than over-stretch City’s pay structure and upset the team spirit. So, no-goers.
Where it has gone very quiet is on the Nelson Oliveria front. Yes, there is still plenty of time for a deal to be done – most likely in either Wales, Turkey or Portugal – but the big problem is he has had very little game time and his temperament may well come into question. Any move could be a loan with a view to a permanent deal.
With Daniel Farke confirming that Jordan Rhodes is staying till the end of the season, the striker positions seem fairly well stocked up, unless Dennis Srbeny were to go out on loan or back to Germany.
Timm Klose is the big conundrum. He is quoted as saying he is only concerned with Norwich until the end of the season but then City lose out on any possible transfer fee if he decides he doesn’t want to stay. A new deal would be the best scenario, of course, but this is one we will have to wait for.
Will Felix Passalack stay at City, or will he be recalled by his parent club due to lack of game time? If he does depart then we will need cover at right back.
Another one doing the rounds is Ben Marshall to Birmingham or Ipswich. Personally, I can’t see either of these happening as City will not want to strengthen a rival unless it’s a permanent move – neither of these have the money – but maybe Millwall might try their luck and hope City will take a small loss?
The only real problem area is left-back, where there is no natural back up for Jamal Lewis, and City have paid for this over the last few games as the team has looked unbalanced. It’s okay saying Marco Stieperman can cover there or Max Aarons can do it – and there’s no denying the solid job Ben Godfrey has done there – but none are specialists in that position. To make do and mend could still City’s downfall come the end of the season.
City have been excellent in the first half of the season, but the injuries have taken their toll in the last few weeks and we have been a little lucky to not have dropped more points.
The next couple of games will be telling but, as always, onwards and upwards.