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Jul 9, 2011
I've just noticed that since the Ist October and the closed period only 4 clubs have not added to their squad, us being one of them.
During this period, following the transfer deadline, clubs of course can only bring in loan or unattached players. Not exactly quiet, 43 players have been signed up during the past 6 and a half weeks. I assume a third of the way into the season clubs are appraising their squads, strengthening where they can , and like our position, moving to cover injuries.
Busiest of all has been Fleetwood with 5 signings, Blackpool, Rotherham, Barnsley, Bury and Oldham have all brought in FOUR newbies. League leaders Coventry( have brought in 3 good signings) and Gillingham 2 ( a striker who scored on Saturday)
We currently seem to have just 2 strikers available and for 3 years have been right at the lower end number of strikers on our books in comparison with other clubs in both league 1 and 2. Currently we have less than half the other clubs. This seems to be Phil and the Managements favoured position, and although meeting my expectations of a mid table finish, based on the quality of our midfielders and defenders, I wonder how we would perform with 5 strikers on the books of decent quality?
So question is should we go for it and strengthen more strongly like others NOW, including waving a sad goodbye to players like Hurst and Atkinson.( The former became a shadow of himself before the ink could dry on a 3 year contract ( alledgedly)) Alternatively look to a gradual 3 year transitional build?