January is usually seen as a very exciting month for one reason; the reason being that the transfer window re-opens. Now managers are usually content with the squad that has got them thus far in the season so will rarely delve into the transfer market. However, if they have experienced players getting injured in the run up to the transfer window reopening or they have found out they haven’t got enough depth in the squad, they invest in new signings.
Thus far I have been beyond impressed with my team. We appear to have plugged the gaps in our defence that meant we threw away certain points last season and we have continued to attack the opposition and outscore them all (apart from Dortmund!). I feel that at present we have enough playing personnel to see out the season and that we have the quality to achieve all of our aims. However, not investing could be seen as a gamble as you never know what is around the corner. For example, Bjorn Andersson, who is a promising left back, has been seeing a lot of game time so far this season in order to develop his ability. However, after a horrendous challenge against Frankfurt at the end of this month, he has been ruled out for up to 5 weeks. This is extremely frustrating for us as a club and him as a player. Five week isn’t exactly long but there are a lot of important games coming up that I had hoped he would play a part in. He will be frustrated as he is missing out on the experience and I am frustrated as he is my preferred player for the left back position. The gamble now is whether I invest in another left back to cover him over the next five weeks or I put faith in a youngster at the club to see out his duties until Andersson recovers. Money isn’t an issue at the club so it isn’t like I couldn’t go out and sign the best left back on the game; the question is, is there any point?
At the moment I haven’t added any depth to the squad and I can’t see me doing so when it reaches deadline day. I have had a young Scottish centre back on trial at the club during this month as he has been able to play in the friendly games. He put in a couple of good performances and even grabbed himself a debut goal. If I do decide to bring him into the club he will purely be seen as a backup player and will hardly get any game time. This is quite harsh on the lad as he is a regular at his current club Hibernian. He has expressed his desire to join the club but I just don’t think he is quite ready to ply his trade at such a high level just yet but instead needs to focus on developing his ability further before seeking a move to one of Europe’s top clubs. This does mean I unfortunately won’t have any transfer news to share with you during this transfer window...or do I?
Player of the Month – Agustin Allione