The silence of the transfer klaxon
Worried yet? I’d hate to think how much Bow’s and Gallen’s phone bills are. Yet still we wait for additions, and it looks more and more that we will head to Lancashire with a squad very short of numbers, with Lewis Page and Chuks Aneke injured, and a bench full of kids. Deji vu.
You may be able to give yourselves a slow start in League One, but I worry that The Championship is less forgiving. Our start, on paper, isn’t the worst, which is handy in that we will spend the first two games adding players, apparently as many as five or six, and then the following four to six weeks integrating them.
This is not Bow and Jacko’s first rodeo, but Bowyer in particular is very fastidious in new players understanding our way of playing, the profits of teamwork and being fitter than any other team. It will take time. Partnerships take time, especially strikers.
All through last year’s pre-season Lyle Taylor and Karlan Grant had time develop their relationship, and we benefited from that from the off. Despite being slow to add points to the board Taylor and Grant had already scored 8 goals by the time we had got to mid-September. Taylor needs a partner, and he doesn’t even know who that is yet.
It won’t be John Marquis, who Portsmouth have just paid £1m for him. So we were never in for him. It won’t be Krystian Bielik as Arsenal, desperate to raise transfer funds, looks like going to Derby County for £10m. How much was he worth before he was coached by Bow and Jacko for a a season? Come on Arsenal, that must be worth you at least chucking us one of the other promising youngsters. Unlikely to be Josh Cullen, who looks like making West Ham’s first team squad.
But it’s okay, our owner has been honing his sales techniques.