So there is a collective Bluenose sigh of relief, (if you get what I mean!) The January window has shut and we didn’t get the mass exodus predicted by the “know it all” media. I am pleased with that, there is no doubt that things could have been a lot worse, especially as the “vibes” coming out of the club were that everyone was for sale. (Not sure how much of that is true mind!)
Our only exit is Jack Butland, however due to the nature of the deal, he remains with us until the summer on loan. I find that a bit odd, but am happy with the arrangement.
There has been a mixture of opinion on the forum with some gutted that we have sold a hot prospect and have only bought in a reasonably unknown loan player – to those who are pleased that we have only sold 1 player. I fall in the latter camp and here are a few thoughts why.
Jack is no doubt a terrific prospect, but he is still very young. As with any footballer there is no guarantee that he will become “top flight.” As with any young keeper, (or actually ANY keeper), he is still prone to mistakes and uncertainty. Keepers don’t mature until they are into their 20s and being offered 3-4 million for a young keeper at a time we need the money, is a no brainer in my opinion. The even better news, is we get to keep him for the rest of the summer. “Win win.” We have decent cover for Championship level for Jack, something that we can’t necessarily say for the likes of Davies.
So over all, I think a positive transfer window considering what COULD have happened. I know many will disagree, but they are my thoughts.