At this late stage of the previous half-a-dozen transfer windows, I have rounded up the Posse to see what their thoughts and feelings have been on our dealings in that window.
This time around I haven’t had the bare-faced cheek to ask as I don’t want to waste their time on expressing their views concerning a window during which all that has happened has been extremely predictable and is very likely to be all that does happen.
To briefly recap the earth-shattering events that have happened so far we need only have a glance at the “Outs” column.
Saxon Earley was recalled from his loan spell at Steve Evans’ promotion-chasing Stevenage Borough with the express purpose of being sold to Steve Schumacher’s equally promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle.
In the meantime, Bali Mumba remains a temporary Pilgrim and the larger-than-life Evans has been somewhat placated with the loan of young centre-back Jon Tomkinson, who will remain at Broadhall Way [I had to Google that!] until the end of the season.
All three of these lads might pick up promotion medals of course, and that is no bad thing for any of them, particularly Bali who has been almost ever-present in a green shirt.
A week later Scotland under-21 keeper Archie Mair was loaned to Notts County, who currently sit top of the National League a few points ahead of Hollywood Wrexham, so Archie too might be in the frame for a medal.
Tony Springett completes the loan-out line-up by hooking up with Paul Warne’s Derby County. Guess what, they are very much in the League One play-off mix-up so we could see yet another of our lads with something worth more than a bathplug to hang around his neck.
Milot Rashica remains at Galatasaray still vaguely hopeful of something permanent happening. January seems very unlikely. Maybe at the end of the season, eh Milot? You must have enjoyed being compared to Didier Drogba as you were in the week. I would be very proud of that if I were you. 😀
Christos Tzolis was expected to remain with FC Twente in the Eredivisie for the rest of the season but reports emerging in the Netherlands media suggest he may be cutting short his stay there and returning to Norwich. I have no idea what the future might have in store for him but suspect David Wagner will want to run the rule over him and then make up his mind.
Aaron Ramsey has returned to Aston Villa with his season in tatters after acquiring a serious injury during our ill-fated attempt to morph into a “different animal” in the USA and Isaac Hayden has fallen at the battle of wounded knee, with that very much being fought in England this time around.
It’s hardly Isaac’s fault, but the doofus who negotiated that particular loan deal should be detained in a small but comfortable room ad infinitum.
Jordan Hugill has fallen into the arms of Paul Warne’s ex-MIllers on a three-year deal which is top-notch from his point of view. Let’s hope he can score enough goals to keep them up. Good luck to you Jordan and a great Carrow Road welcome is reserved for you on your next visit.
In case any readers didn’t know, Todd Cantwell was sold to Glasgow Rangers last week for something around £1.5million plus the inevitable add-ons. A Mick Dennis article last week and the reader comments on it more than adequately covered that one so I’ll leave it right there.
Will there be any more out of the door?
I doubt it.
Rumours concerning Max Aarons and Danel Sinani have gone quiet for some time now and I don’t expect anything else to happen – with the usual caveat that this is football and for that reason alone I could be wrong.
I was more than a little surprised to find one or two folks suggesting on MFW that collectively all of these transactions should be considered as masterstrokes to be celebrated under a rather tatty banner of: Look at all the wages we’re saving!!!
Cantwell and Hugill would have been on a few bob admittedly, but the rest of them?
Of course, if we hadn’t borrowed £66million against future parachute payment money it wouldn’t be an issue, but when wages we freely agreed to offer to match the going rate in the industry become unaffordable at comparatively short notice I am very, very concerned.
Then there’s the share allocation, which Gary covered yesterday, and I’m even more concerned than very, very.
So by my reckoning that effectively leaves us with three keepers, 3.5 centre-backs, two left-backs, 1.5 right-backs, 7.5 midfielders, and three strikers plus Jonathan Rowe when he returns from injury and Lungi Sorensen, who covers all the 0.5s. Two free spaces there of course, so it’s on to the incomings…
I’d like to leave you with this – as often with my musical choices, please feel free to dedicate it to whoever you wish: