Transfer deadline damp squib.

Deadline day at Boro was a bit of a damp squib for me.
Emnes out Danny Graham and Lee Tomlin in,Shay Given returning to Villa at the end of February. All in all a lot of hype and hysteria without any real substance. The biggest blow of course is Given on his way.
But for me this is the down side of loaning players for a short term fix.
There is no denying Shays heroics,he has been incredibly good, outstanding. So much so that the Republic of Ireland are looking to recall him due to his terrific form.
Regarding goal keepers we are well stocked at Middlesbrough, but are any of them as good as Given?
If I could have had the choice to bring two players in it would have been Becchio and Connor Wickham.
Looking at the two we have brought in, Danny Graham returns to his former club with a poor strike rate while at Sunderland and Hull City. Hopefully dropping a division will reignite his goal scoring form. Regarding Lee Tomlin, he has been in form this season, but unlike Danny he is moving up a division as opposed to going down. So both need to adapt to life in the Championship.
I still find it incredible that we have Karankas contacts in the game, European scouts at the club but we rope in a player who we have been linked with for the last year or two.
From the outside looking in is Danny Graham Karankas choice or has he been forced upon him?
Either way we have to hope it works as we are desperate for goal scoring Centre Forwards.
No goals in the last three games tells its own story.

Recently I have been saying its not about the performances it’s about the results but when your not playing well or winning games then you have got a problem.
Of course our stats still look well, we have only lost one game from the last nine Championship games, winning five and drawing four. I’m afraid draws won’t get us to where we want to be. This season alone we have had 11 draws, 22 points down the Swanee.
Away points in the main should never be knocked
After Saturdays boring 0-0 draw in front of a magnificent 4,000 following, we have slipped to 9 points behind 6th place Reading.
Next up are Blackburn and we have to win by hook or by crook.

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