I guess I feel like the rest of you this morning. I haven’t got a hangover, but I might just as well have. It seems astonishing that we haven’t signed a single player during the transfer window. I seem to remember Alan Curbishley asked us to judge him at the end of the transfer window. To do that, however, would be unfair, for it is quite clear that he has been out of the loop in the club’s transfer dealings.
Quite how we have ended up without a recognised left back is a mystery to us all. We had the opportunity to sign Nicky Shorey but didn’t. It is quite clear to anyone that Lucas Neill is not comfortable in that position. Jonathan Spector has played there for us before, but if Neill is switched to the right, where does that leave Behrami? From what I have seen Behrami is better as a right side midfielder, but that is a position Faubert spcialises in. Having said that, he has played at right back before in his career. I suspect what we are looking at is a back four of Behrami/Faubert, Upson, Neill, Spector.
This is also an opportunity for Joe Widdowson to make his case to be played in the first team. He apparently did really well in pre season, but since then hasn’t even got on the new 7 strong bench. That may soon change. Another alternative would be to try Luis Boa Morte at left back. He played there for a bit recently and actually didn’t look half bad. My worry over McCartney’s departure is that the understanding he had built up with Matthew Etherington will damage our attack play now that he’s not there. Neill and Etherington have so far displayed no telepathy, which is so crucial for left sided (or indeed right sided) players.
But what hacks me off more than anything is that the club’s website has said nothing. They posted an explanation of McCartney’s move, which we may take at face value or not, depending on our level of scepticism, but after that, nothing. Nada.
Have none of the younger players gone out on loan? If not, why not?