Just thought I’d keep the plates spinning by bringing you another insert while you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the new season.
As I have said, this is my favourite time of year. Not only in the Gregorian Calender-year but also in the football calender-year, too.
I know, I know, there’s little-to-no football. And I call myself a football fan? It’s weird, I understand that, but the summertime is when the promise of the next season starts to happen. Plus, transfers happen. Lots of transfers. Transfers all over the country, in every division. I follow them all. I look on in envy at Premier League transfers. I get jealous when one of our Championship rivals lands a coup. I even keep an eye on the European market moves. I love it! For me, it’s the equivalent of sitting in the airport with your new footy-shirt on, waiting to board your flight for that lads holiday. Does the holiday ever live up to what’s running through your mind at that moment? Sometimes, I guess. But the excitement as you look out on that big bird, sipping on a San Miguel is the feeling that’s building in me now. My hands are shaking just writing this… OK, maybe not but you get my point.
My head is spinning at the moment, imagining the possible incomings which may materialise. Of course, my shopping list is realistic, taking into account the club’s current position, financial clout and prospects for the future. The clear-out has already started at ground-zero with 7 of our development squad cut from the club. But were those players cut because they couldn’t make an impact in the Championship? Or, were they cut because with the Premier League our target, they didn’t stand a chance? It may have been neither. In all probability, the boys’ progress may have been slower than advertised so they can become someone else’s hobby. But if you were Dougie Freedam, would you be shopping for Premier League standard products to fill our shelves or would you buy Championship at wholesale to get us out of this league?
As I write, Dougie has revealed 2 new signings will be announced within the next 24 hours- a striker and a defender. There’s a lot of people speculating Jermaine Beckford is the mystery marksman. I for one hope it’s not. But Jermaine Beckford is the personification of what I’m wondering. Should our manager be looking for Championship players to blast us out of the Championship? Jermaine has already had a shot at the big-time. Was he successful? I honestly don’t know. He’s not there now and he’s this side of 30, so I would have to say, no. If Dougie has gone after the Leicester striker, you would have to assume he’s going for Championship standard who know the terrain of this league and can lead the way to the exit door.
Of course this is still all speculation, but very soon the incomings will be reality. Would you be happy with Beckford? I personally would prefer his team-mate at Huddersfield, James Vaughan, who is younger, hungrier and would bring the ‘lightening’ to Craig Davies’ ‘thunder’. What do you think? Who would you target? What type of player would you covert? Fringe, untested Premiership players, or tried and tested Championship thoroughbreds? David, it’s over to you…