I CAN’T understand the point of not taking advantage of the loan window.
Surely there is somebody out there with experience who we would be able to bring in.
We have a big squad at the moment, and we have some real talent, but we appear to be relying on a lot of unproven players.
As I said last week, our defence doesn’t look strong enough.
Some said, ‘but we’ve just signed this Henrique guy, and he’s a defender’.
Well that’s all well and good, but nobody knows who he is – even Steve Kean, if his claims of never having seen him play are to be believed.
That leaves us with Scott Dann and Gael Givet as recognised centre backs. Grant Hanley should do a job when he is match fit, but he is still up and coming.
In the full back positions we’ve got the Olsson twins and Bradley Orr.
There’s Jason Lowe, but he’s not really a full back, Bruno Ribeiro, who has done surprisingly well so far but shouldn’t be considered a first choice.
Adam Henley is still unproven, while Josh Morris, who is now 20, seems to have been forgotten about.
All the focus during the transfer window seemed to be on getting strikers in.
Leon Best and Jordan Rhodes cost a lot of money but it would make sense to loan in an experienced defender that has found themselves on the periphery of a top flight team and then spend good money on someone in January.
One idea that has been mentioned to me is that in this league you don’t need four in defence.
Buy a top quality defender on silly money and play three at the back with two attacking full backs, Murphy, Etuhu and Gomes or Dunn with two strikers. Bang. No stopping us.
n I have been really pleased with Nuno Gomes since he came in.
Rovers fans have been blessed over the past few years with classy Europeans strutting their stuff.
If a player is good enough, they never lose that class.