In a recent blog, I may have mentioned that the January window is notoriously slow and this one was no different. There have been many analogies flying around the internet about how the window works. One I liked was that if you wanted to create your own transfer window feeling, you should go to a local cafe, wait until one minute until it closes, then buy a pot noodle for £25! My own favourite likened it to going to the Tesco ‘reduced to clear’ shelf and just before it closes, spend £35 on a ham sandwich! (Similarities to Andy Carroll are purely coincidental).
Leading up to Christmas and following a run of very poor performances and results it seemed many were relying on this window to save the season. Half a dozen games later, despite exiting the FA Cup, I feel a little more positive, yet we have only brought in two permanent transfers.
Normally I would be disappointed but this time i’m not. I was always the first to complain about the apparent cutting of our squad, window after window, particularly during the Moyes years. It’s happened again yet i’m quite pleased. The two we have brought in have definitely improved the squad, if not the team. To me, its the first rule of transfers to ensure what you bring in is better than what you already have (In my opinion the reason for our quick fall from grace in the late 1980’s). Schneiderlin is proven, particularly by Ronald Koeman so thats good enough for me. Ademola Lookman appeared to be one for the future but within seconds of him entering the Goodison Park pitch against Manchester City appeared to put that one to bed. He excites and that’s a great feeling given the last two years.
The big business seems to have been done via the exit door. As many have commented on social media already, a lot of ‘dead wood’ has left the club albeit some on loan. The worry yesterday was that a rumour seemed to be gathering pace over the possible exit of Seamus Coleman to Man United. Thankfully that didn’t happen and wont happen until we want it to happen, which in itself would be a welcome change.
To see Cleverly, Niasse, Gibson, Oviedo leave seemed to signal the end of the Martinez era. I’m still unsure about Deulofeu and hope rather than expect that he will improve but together with the loan moves of the younger players for first team experience is a good result as far as i’m concerned. That Kone is still with us is a little disappointing but he will no doubt leave in the summer.
Maybe theres a concern that if Rom gets injured we have little or no back up and I believe we don’t have a truly top class keeper but what do you expect in January? I’m happy because we haven’t exactly got a fixture pile up on the way so no need for resting players or the rotation that seems to be the modern way; the proper, quality business will be done in the summer, and hopefully early on; the squad has a leaner look with the quality percentage definitely higher than it was a few days ago; and definitely no over priced £13.5 million Pot Noddles brought in. Result!
Now, on with the football!
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