Come Buy, Come Buy
Despite the media’s frankly tiresome best efforts, the latest transfer window closed earlier today without too much movement. Scoop-seeking reporters who gambled on a trip to Fratton Park would’ve been happy, though, as Portsmouth continued to rip it up and start again by selling their next best player before bringing in a few more bodies who would look good in a Championship shirt this time next season.
One of their more commendable pieces of business, however, may have been the acquisition of Mike Williamson, who they pilfered from the luckless Watford; having recently been deprived of the talismanic Tommy Smith to the same club, Watford fans will be gutted to lose another leading light and the Hornets’ sparse squad will have to pull together to earn anything more than a lower half finish. A potential £2.85m profit after 6 months’ service should not be sniffed at, though, and that money should hopefully go some way to securing the club’s financial stability.
Another interesting Championship transfer is Doncaster’s season-long loaning of Billy Sharp. Donny initially struggled for goals last season, but Paul Heffernan and James Hayter seem to have settled down and the addition of Sharp will do no harm to this exciting young group. It will be a real test for the Bramall Lane flop: none of us are really sure whether he’s up to scoring goals at this level, but this spell will produce some form of closure.
This correspondent’s favourite Championship character continues to inspire and frustrate in equal measure. His signing of the homesick Hameur Bouazza could, like that of Sharp for Sean O’Driscoll, go either way and the London winger’s readiness for life in Blackpool could be key. Other notable activity included Bristol City’s seeming intention to ‘do a Barnsley‘ by bringing in two anonymous foreigners, Preston’s signing of the Wikipedia spoof victim Neill Collins on loan and Newcastle’s ability to keep hold of all their marbles.
Ipswich were, of course, the day’s biggest spenders, but I just can’t get excited about what Roy Keane is doing there. I don’t think I’m the only one, either.