|[Blog] Return of the Loan Ranger|
Written by Pessimistic on Tuesday, 10th Jan 2012 14:51
It is not like me too feel so down (even if my username suggests otherwise,) but it is not easy too feel anything other than pessimistic when we see the more recent comings and goings at Portman Road.
Losing Danny Collins and Keith Andrews was perhaps inevitable, as they were both on loan but who would have thought, when they joined the club, they would have had such a dramatic impact on team performances!
I think of all they players Town have taken on loan over the last few years, few have given so much back in terms of their professionalism and ability and without them Town seem all at sea. I suppose they are the plus side of players that come in short term and apply themselves, and of course David Stockdale was another player who was committed to the cause in his all too short tenure at the club.
Whether Sean St Ledger actually makes it here, either on loan or as a permanent signing, will be soon revealed and we can only hope he can adapt to a side that is currently in freefall. Now I have highlighted the fact that not all loan players are a waste of time but their impermanence is the reason I feel for a lack of continuity. Too may loan players is very unhelpful because you cannot plan long-term and the sudden departure of David Stockdale personified its failings.
That said, I am coming around to thinking that maybe Paul Jewell has little choice in the matter. After all, Roy Keane found himself doing much the same in his days here and that is why we no longer have Jack Colback and a few of the Tottenham young boys, such as Andros Townsend and Giovani Dos Santos, who If I am not mistaken was recruited by Jim Magillton.
Loan deals can provide a team with some momentum but it is usually a case of short term thrills for long term chills and Town as a team are now very much in the cold.
Now the question remains, is the loan system something that has been employed by Keane and Jewell and to perhaps a lesser extent Jim Magillton out of desire or necessity? Why is it that Town can no longer seem to be able to buy players on a regular basis any more? I mean Marcus Evans is not short of a bob or two as he rises with ever increasing rapidity up the Rich List league table so is his interest sustainable, if he is not willing to dig a little deeper for a common cause?
He has however backed Paul Jewell when it would be easy for him to show him the door and I must say I applaud this stance because it really does show his business acumen. It is also in the fine traditions of this fabulous club. He knows that Rome was not built in a day and that when finally this storm is weathered we can at long last start turn the corner.
The trouble is, how long do we have to wait and can Paul Jewell deliver the goods? Thankfully for him it looks like Marcus Evans is a man of his word and if he said that he did not expect miracles this season then he will stick to his longer term plan.
That said, this cannot go on forever and let us hope our owner does not have to eat his words. Let's face it, he would not be the first owner to say one thing and do the complete opposite, so this period will tell us all we really need to know about the man at the helm.
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