Keane: Nothing Imminent on Loan Signings Monday, 8th Feb 2010 10:46
Town manager Roy Keane says no new loan additions are close to being added to his squad and no one is on the verge of leaving for pastures new. Last week the Blues boss revealed that he was looking for cover in a couple of areas – probably a left-back and a right-sided centre-half – and had received interest in some of his players from elsewhere.
Keane says there have been no developments over the weekend: ”Not at the moment. We’ve had enough to focus on over the last week, I got the two lads in and we had the games coming up.
“I’ve not thought too much about it. There are one or two positions that I keep saying I’d like to strengthen, but we’re not going to panic over the next week or two.
“If we can get a player who can improve us, fantastic, but I’m not going to bring in a player who is going to be the same as what we’ve got, there’s no point because I want to be fair to the players here.
“There are good lads who have been training well here and they might get their chance over the next week or two.”
Similarly, no one has yet called back regarding last week’s contact about members of Keane’s squad: “If people follow up their initial calls this week remains to be seen. It all depends what happens at clubs in terms of injuries or suspensions.
“There’s always interest in the younger players, we get phone calls on a regular basis about the young lads. But if we send them out we’re not going to be dismissive of them and send them just anywhere. We want to be careful where we send them.
“But the calls last week were about some of our senior players. Our squad’s not that big at the moment, so we have to be very, very careful. It depends if I can bring one or two in, which is certainly not close at the moment.”
Midfielder Lee Martin is out of Tuesday’s game at QPR with a hamstring injury, but there are no new injuries, aside from a few knocks which won’t keep anyone out of the trip to Loftus Road.
Skipper Jon Walters came through Saturday’s game unscathed after his surprise return from his hamstring problem.
I believe that we already have a squad that is good enough to get us clear of the relegation zone and to a safe mid-table position. They just need to perform to the best of their abilities - and it's RK's job to get that out of them.
I also believe we have the squad here already as do most visiting managers ,if selected correctly.
Garvan started against Cardiff away,Blackpool home ,Coventry home and had a half at Blackpool away (and scored) and Qpr a home . I dont confess to know more about management than Roy but in those games we scored 13 goals in 5 games and won them all ,how many other times this season where Garvan hasnt been involved has this happened ,2 ? and how many wins 1 ? i know a lot will say we hve also drawn or lost with Garvan playing ,but we have lost and drawn an awful lot more without him . I have said for a long time the midfield balance of Leadbitter,Norris ,Walters and Colback are certainly full of running and committment but not a good balance ,no passing flair and all to similar . To me it was working with Garvan in the centre with Stead up front in our only decent spell this season why change apart from the suspension ?
Surco- I tend to agree. Garvan isn't the fastest midfielder out there and he rarelky likes getting stuck into the tackles, but things do happen when he is playing. So long as he is given a free reighn to roam behind the striker(s). he is not so productive when stuck out wide. Particulalrly when he was out wide right.
What we do need is someone who can collect the ball and actually run at the defenders, but then actaully beat them and get crosses in from behind the defence. All the crosses at the moment are coming in from deep and are just too easy to defend. Haynes had the pace and ability to beyond the defenders but couldn't deliver a cross. I thought things would change with Martin and Edwards. Martin, however, runs around like a headless chicken, looking flashy without delivering and Edwards seems to have really gone of the boil.
The strikers have taken a lot of flack, most of it justiifed, but you have to ask, are they getting the best service?
When you look at the team ,on paper we DO have decent players, and on paper they are good enough to do the job, BUT on the pitch its not happening,perhaps the two new lads will help get results, time will tell.
I agree with both Bergholt Blue and Surco. We are a better team with Garvan starting and in the centre of midfield with Leadbitter. He is by far our most (only?) creative midfielder and also if given a run as likely to score as any of the others. Generally with our defence playing well I would like to see more emphasis on our midfield playing more football in the opponents half with at least 2 of them looking to get into the box with our attackers.
Bergholt, Surco and PRanger all make very valid points about the attacking contribution of our midfield players and it is true that when on form, Garvan is able to pick out a pass and contribute to the goals tally. However, with the signing of Healy and Murphy, the equation should have changd a little. If they are to be the first choice front two (with Stead, Counago and Wickham as back up), this should free up Walters to play wide right as an attacking midfielder, joining with the strikers whenever possible and ghosting in against full backs for headers on the back post. This is by far his most effective role. We should stop being so frightened about losing games, commit either Norris or Leadbitter to a more attacking midfield role (they could alternate in this as I think both are more than capable of playing 10-15 yards further up the park than they currently do) by asking them to make more runs into the box to get beyond the stirkers. We are hard to beat at the moment but as RK has pointed out and we all know, draws get you nowhere fast. I would rather win 3 and lose 2 of the next five than get 4 draws and 1 win - the maths tells us we would be far better off - 2 points actually but you get my drift.
Surco...You are spot on. Garvan has to be a starter. Norris, Leadbitter and Colback are all far two similar and you only need two of those type of players at best. Need a creative Midfielder who can pass and Garvan is the closest we have. Personally I don't care if he can't tackle and is slow as he brings other attributes to the team.
I also agree with comments about Garvan being our most creative midfield player, but if we are playing 4 in midfield, then Leadbitter & Norris in the centre is the best pairing. Not seen the best of Norris recently but he needs time after injury. Colback I think was man of the match against M'boro, particularly 1st half, and Walters is the best we have on the right. I suppose we could go five in midfield with our next four games being away, but who would be the lone striker? Probably Murphy on the strength of his performance last Saturday, then always the possibility to change to 2 up front during the game.
So Surco says Leadbitter, Norris, Walters and Colback are all 'to' similar, then Bluescap says they are 'two' similar.......the correct word you need is TOO!
Sorry i'm only having a laugh i'm bored and have to read so many emails with this mistake....i think i've got OCD!
You could both be right mind you. I can't help feeling that all we need is for 1 game where evrything goes well for us and we give someone a good spanking which leads to instant team selection = stability and confidence = amazing run = play offs = ..........? I'm sure i remember Burley 'stumbling' across the perfect team via forced selections before we got promoted last time out.
Garvan spot on - is the one creative option - and it is a nice 'problem' we now have with some real competition in midfield with Norris , leadbitter , Colback , Peters , Edwards and now the youngsters pushing on Some good attacking options now in the mix and I am pretty positive for a strong finish to the season . Healy is the type of striker we have needed for years - maybe one more defender for competition and assuming we can keep them all fit lets push on up the table !!
surco how many traffic lights were green on the way to those games graven played and how many birds were currently in flight in the world when he scored his goal most importantly how many male cows were talking out of their rear ends when you wrote that
all things that should also be taken into account when calculating form based on one player being on or off the pitch also just as good for calculating the winning numbers in a lottery draw
Good forum chaps. Interesting comments, and i'm inclined to say i agree with most appraisals - which i suppose goes some way to demonstrating the tough job keano actually has.
Inclined most to agree with cbower, re coming up the field and taking the game to opponents. We do lack pace, however, and it's a risky venture. Our defence isn't lightening. That said, we can knock teams out of contention with confidence and displays that beat them back.
Look at Arsenal yesterday. You really do have to be careful taking the game to their half.
more superstitious rubbish...maybe Norwich just made poor loan signings..... and loan players are fighting to get back in at their own club or win a gd contract elsewhere or here if they end up leaving their own club. on top of all that there's no other option other than loan players if we need some rite now...and there weren't many permanent signings available were there at least not for the caliber of player we would want or need.
Yes permanent signings would have been better but with out some leaving permanently and without the rite players being available "to us" there's not a lot that could have been done about it..it would have been more worrying to not have got any players in at all
Blueknight as predicted a ridiculous response critcising my post with nothing to back it up ,would help if you could even spell the players name correctly . If you think the midfield is creating lots of chances without Garvan then we are watching different games ,perhaps you are counting birds and cows rather than watching
Can't wait until Tuesday night's game. Can't help but thinking that now the play-offs are out of reach why RK doesn't give the squad players a run. We won't go down but he can have a darn good look for next season's big push.