Deadline day meltdown
Picture this. It’s lockdown, no one can leave their homes, the Sky Sports transfer window crescendo is reaching its peak of absurdity, the Addicks have sold a loveable game-changer and an unloveable game-changer, and have signed no one…. well no one for a few hours, and the Sky countdown clock is way past 0:00:00.
The whole gambit of instant keyboard reaction is in absolute meltdown. Sack the board, sack Gallen, sack Bowyer, sack everyone.
Gone midnight and most people have gone to bed with very sore fingers and sore throats due to shouting at the keyboard, but wooaah, hang on there is late news.
In walks a young lad with an unpronounceable name, he stands in front of the oversized badge at Sparrows Lane (that photo could have been taken hours ago) and the Addicks’ world breathes a huge sigh of relief and proclaim that we have signed a superstar whilst checking Wikipedia at the same time.
Gallen went back to the Swindon well and snatched 22-year old right winger Diallang Jaiyesimi on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Turns out that he and Matt Smith have been poor Swindon’s best players this season. Jaiyesini has scored 4 goals, assisted 3 in 15 starts. He scored and assisted against us recently.
Jaiyesimi was also at the County Ground last season on loan and signed for the Robins from Norwich in the summer. Born in Southwark he began his career at Dulwich Hamlet and has cost Thomas a six figure fee.
Part of the meltdown on social media comes from too much information, or made up information, who the hell knows, but what I do know is that why Sandgaard, Bowyer and Gallen were working their arses off they were mostly getting slaughtered.
Time will tell if it was a good window or not, a window notoriously difficult, even if you have Matt Southall’s super duper phone.’
If we hadn’t got in there early with Scwartz, Millar and Stockley then yes, I could understand the angst, and believe me at 11.45 GMT I was also hitting the bottle. Losing Williams and Maddison today, and Smyth, Bogle, Lapslie, Wiredu and Doughty in the past week certainly raised the alarm bells.
- Schwartz for Smyth
- Stockley for Bogle
- Millar for Maddison
- Smith for Levitt
- Jaiyesimi for Williams
Then with Doughty injured anyway and Wiredu and Lapslie not even part of the squad, then Sandgaard’s huge plastic surgery operation within a strict budget this month looks as if we will go into the last 21 games stronger. 🙏 we get some central defenders back from injury!
Who knows how Gallen’s list works, there must be circles and lines all over it, but by all accounts he and Bowyer put in bids that were declined for Joel Randell (Exeter City), Charlie Kirk (Crewe), Josh Morris (Fleetwood), Jordan Graham (Gillingham) and Nnamdi Ofoborh (Bournemouth) today.
I hope they sleep well. I hope you all sleep well. There’s a football match tomorrow.