Keane: We Missed Out on Deadline Target Wednesday, 3rd Feb 2010 12:04
Boss Roy Keane says he missed out on one of his targets when the transfer window closed on Monday. The Irishman says he will continue to look for additions to his squad on loan once the emergency window opens next week.
Keane told the club site: "We tried for one more signing on deadline day. We were close but it didn't quite happen for us.
"It's about getting the balance of the squad right and I think there is one area that we really need to strengthen.
"We will keep looking and when the loan window opens again, we will have another look. I'd like to bring in another one or two more if we can.
"They need to be players who want to come and play at this football club though. If they are not sure they want to come when we talk to them then it won't happen."
Left-back and, since Alex Bruce’s departure on loan, the right side of central defence appear to be the areas of the side most in need of strengthening, while Keane may look at bringing in another keeper with Brian Murphy on his way back from an ankle problem and Richard Wright out for at least the next month with his knee injury.
Elsewhere, former Town striker Antonio Murray has joined Cambridge United from Chelmsford City, while ex-academy midfielder Ian Nimmo has switched from Brechin to Arbroath.
If Keane wants players who want to play for this club, then perhaps he should start looking down the leagues instead of always bringing in Prem or Championship players. We are a sideways or downward step on such players' career ladder wheras young lower league players would be hungry to prove themselves at this level. For years we've had a short-termist transfer strategy of signing established top-league players. It's littler wonder Supple, when he retired complained that too many players didn't care about the club. Need to build a team not keep trying to buy one ready made.
I guess that left-back is the one area Keane is talking about, due to all the left-back links recently and as Keane doesn't seem to look on D.Wright very favourably (it is true he is not a natural left-back, but I think he does OK there).
I totally agree with the earlier comment about lower league players.....look at our prime example, Walters....who is probably our best player!? He is as hungry as they come.....young, players from league 1/2 is the way we should go.
It's funny how most of the deals in this TRANSFER window appear to be Loans until the end of the season rather than permanent signings. And then next week....the LOAN window opens. What a stupid system.
Ah, you see Keane can't look to lower leagues, or fellow Championship clubs, for any signings, there are far too many commentators on these boards who moan enough about Premiership reserve players for him to consider looking any lower..! ;-)
Keane's policy is the right one; players should want to come to this club and do a job for us, otherwise it is a waste of everyone's time.
A team made up of loan players isn't going to work, look at what happened to Norwich last season. They fielded 7 loan players and they were useless.
People have talked about giving Roy time to build a team, well he does not appear to be doing that! How can you fill the 11 places on the pitch with loan players and expect to get any proper foundation for growth?
There is the arguemnet that bringing in experience will pull the team through, but that experience leaves at the end of the season and we have to face the next season with what remains!
No the influx of loan players does not bode well for the long term developement.
Last night there was a lack of killer instinct with the under 18 aginst Fuham, just like there is in the first team. We need to buy players or bring them through the academy.