Quiet Deadline Day Expected at Town Thursday, 31st Jan 2013 10:22
The final day of the transfer window seems likely to be quiet at Portman Road with little movement in or out expected before tonight’s 11pm deadline. Manager Mick McCarthy has already added Patrick Kisnorbo, Frank Nouble, David McGoldrick, Aaron Mclean, Richard Stearman and Anthony Wordsworth to his squad during January.
Youngsters Jack Ainsley, who has been on trial at Bury, and Josh Carson, who spent time at Northampton last week and is understood to be interesting other clubs, could make loan moves but no other exits seem likely.
In terms of players coming in, Town are reported to have been the club which made an unsuccessful bid for Wolves left-back Stephen Ward earlier in the week, although Nottingham Forest are more widely claimed to have been the interested party and the addition of another left-back would be a surprise.
Forest subsequently had a further bid accepted, according to reports this morning, but the move has broken down over personal terms.
In some of this morning’s papers Crystal Palace are said to have made a joint raid for Ward and striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, another of McCarthy’s Molineux squad who has previously been linked with the Blues.
Former loanee DJ Campbell is reportedly edging closer to his switch from QPR to Hull City, personal terms having been the sticking point over the weekend after a fee had been agreed between the clubs.
Kieron Dyer, who trained with the Blues recently, is expected to complete his move to Town’s Saturday opponents Middlesbrough, having been released by QPR earlier in the window.
Former loan keeper Stephen Henderson continues to be mentioned in connection with a swap move to Blackburn with former England man Paul Robinson going to West Ham. The Irishman previously worked with Rovers boss Michael Appleton at Portsmouth.
McCarthy is keen to add another keeper to his squad and at the end of last week didn’t rule out Henderson’s return, but may not be in any panic with the loan window opening next week and 93-day ‘emergency’ loans stretching to the end of the season on May 4th.
Meanwhile, the Blues boss says none of this year’s U18s are likely to break into his first team plans this season: “No, maybe next year, not this season, no.
“I’d love to think they were. I’d love to think that we were in a position that with a few games to go we could say we were going to have a look at one or two of them.
“Are any of them knocking the door down? I don’t think so at the moment, which is a shame but if we got the chance to give one or two of them a chance, then I would.”
I agree about Edwards who has been poor for ages imo but think Martin has just needed a better quality central midfield to play with and some decent width on the other side. We definately need some pace on the wing and someone with a trick in them - had hoped Caddis might be a target and worrying that Bournemouth, a league one promotion rival can take him and we can't! Still think Judge or the Orient lad would be worth a punt but not McGlashen please as he's no way a championship winger.
What is a little depressing is that the whole window has gone by without a single rumour of a bigger club trying to poach our players: no stories at all of Premier League teams sniffing around any of our youngsters or established players. We'll know we're getting somewhere when other teams rate our talent (annoying as that is, obviously).
The defence looks a shade better, the jury is out on the new forwards who have yet to score a goal between the three of them. It's the wide midfielder we want more than anything, but we are in a far better place as club now.
I think MM has started to create a decent enough spine to the team - CB pairing and cover looks ok , Hyam and NDaw I like - up front McGoldrick looks good addition and plenty of other options - He has added one more creative Midfielder and we just need to take the captaincy off Edwards , drop him and give it to Chambers I agree with earlier posts both our wide players LM and CE flatter to deceive but lets see how a more creative addition in the middle helps them ? I cannot see Martin ever beating a player , check - cut inside , step over , ooops- lets just see if he becomes more direct.If his effort and JETs talent were combined we might half a half decent player . JET needs exactly that up him to get the obvious talent he has be matched by effort I think MM has done well with his additions and slowly getting a team - which I believe will stay in this division and in the summer , with one or two additions - which we all can highlight -be a decent side next year - We have one of the best Managers in the Divison - IMO . And to think people on here thought Harry was the answer - he is gonna send QPR the same way Portsmouth went - gates of 12,000 and a wage bill of £25m plus - Life at the sharp end of the Premiership - DREAM ON EH ..........
This is very disappointing news as we desperately need a top class goalkeeper and the flanks need to be freshened up. I really fear for our chances of staying up now and am really surprised Mick has not addressed the problems that clearly exist. I must retain the faith but find it difficult with all those around us finding their form.
Phase 3 of the 2012/13 season ain't started well. Let me explain - Phase 1 was the disastrous 13 games under PJ, Phase 2 was the glorious arrival of MM coinciding with all those goals from DJ, now Phase 3 which started with DJ going back to QPR and has consisted of 2 draws & 2 losses, 2 points from a possible 12 - that's a worse return than during Phase 1! Even with the transfer window additions I'm still wondering where those winning goals are going to come from....
I thnk MM knows what he s doing however some of the signngs he has made i do queston, Mclean was good few years ago now tho a disappointment, think we should have brought bradley orr or at least tested blackburn , wld of let edwards,chopra,ellington, possbly martin go, 1 st 3 are dead wood i feel.
I think MM is just bringing in players to keep us up, which when he came here was his main objective. Hopefully wordsworth will be the creative spark we are sorely missing in midfield and hopefully our new striking options will start err scoring!! We do need to direct pacey wingers and a new gk but tbh I think those may come in the summer when MM has more time to assess his squad. If we finish 4th from bottom and stay up I think everyone will breath a sigh of relief. it's all about next year from then on. COYB A win on saturday would be a good start as the bottom three are starting to close the gap however if results go our way saturday we could be 16th. onwards and upwards
Where are the goals coming from to keep us up? Why isn't Evans going all out to bring in DJ who is a proven goalscorer FFS! Does anyone on here honestly believe that out of all the strikers we currently have that we are capable of scoring more than 1 or 2 in a game? Without DJ we are screwed imo and yes I fully ecpect to be downgraded!
Agree with the post above. Defense is OK now but lack of goals are our big problem. No-one is scoring. We need McGoldrick to quickly get off the mark. Chopra owes us big time. Murphy's OK weighing in with one or two, but he's more a target rather than prolific goalscorer. Midfield needs to add a few - they are woeful so far. Let's hope Wordsworth creates and also gets a few himself.