In the last few weeks, I’m afraid our transfer activity has had similarities to our performances, both have flattered to deceive, good build up play, but lack killer instinct. It’s no secret that we have put in umpteen bids for Leeds United’s Ross McCormack, other names linked were Becchio, Stephen Ireland, Ayala and Vossen were constantly mentioned.But when the window closed if I am brutally honest I was a wee bit deflated, I was hoping that we could have roped in some of the names above.
Its no secret that our number one priority was to bring in a goal scoring centre forward, a sniffer, a fox in the box type player, with a ruthless streak and clinical in front of goal. When the news filtered through that we had signed Kei Kamara, my immediate thoughts were he’s not a centre forward, he’s more in the Carayol / Adomah mold.
Tony Mowbray confirmed what I already knew, that he could play anywhere across the front line and he’s not an out and out centre forward.As it stands at this minute, we don’t need a jack of all trades, we have had enough of them over the years, what we need, is a tradesman, a specialist in the art of putting the ball in the opposing net. Kei no doubt will be a good edition to the squad, aged 29 he is experienced, the clips of him I have witnessed, expose that he has good technical ability, has a burst of pace,he looks a commanding figure and will hopefully chip in with a few goals.
There is no doubt he will get a warm welcome in the dressing room and its a certainty that his sitter while playing for Kansas against LA Galaxy will be shown over and over.
Despite being well stocked in the midfield area, we have signed Jacob Butterfield, aged 24. Hopefully he will give us a new dimension in the midfield area and a more attacking threat. He is a good distributor of the ball and hopefully he will also chip in with a few goals.
Despite seven additions over the summer months, the two main positions that we are craving to be filled, remain vacant centre half and centre forward,when the loan window opens next week, we as Boro fans can only hope that our prayers are answered and they arrive.The downside of signing loan players after the official window is closed, is that you can only sign them on a 93 day loan, which would only take you to mid December. Could you imagine Becchio arriving, turns on the style, bangs in a few goals, everyone is on a high, then in December a Reading or Leeds come in and pinch him from under our nose. That would be our biggest nightmare, it would not be good for confidence, morale or stability and we could be back to square one.As Boro fans we know the months of December and January are notoriously difficult.
On the subject of loan players as I’ve mentioned many times before they are not the way forward, Mogga’s track record in the market has proved that. Not one has been a success or signed permanently that says it all, but unfortunately beggars can’t be choosers, the loan market is the only way to bring in more faces.
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