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Posted by Lutonian on 1/2/2023, 8:59:57
Agree that some of the comments on here about our transfer business were completely ridiculous , however I don’t think the club/RE managed the window well from a press perspective last night.
Losing Cornick to Bristol City on a cut price deal, after Naismith, was always going to be a big deal for our fan base - regardless of whether Cornick had been playing well or regularly for the side.
Replying to questions about Cornick in last night’s press conference with how we were still doing business and we’d come out of the window stronger set up whoever came in next for a fall.
Unfortunately it was a really young lad from Peterborough U21s and the return of the Admiral. I feel really sorry for Taylor.
It might have been better to have talked up the players we had already brought in, Mavellous, Drameh and Walton (all of whom I think are potentially upgrades ) and said we were already stronger but might have a little more business to do, rather than giving the impression another proven player was about to come in before the window shut.
It’s a shame as I think, aside from the Graeme Jones era, we tend to be excellent on this front. Having a game last night won’t have helped with coordination and messaging though.
Of course… there could still be a free agent coming in….
Don’t agree. I don’t think we as a club are even remotely equipped on or off the field for the Premier League. A bit of open honesty from 2020 would be refreshing and I agree with Joey where is the promised transparency when it comes to our finances? Assuming that is the aim of the board then is Cornick or Taylor more likely to get us into the Premier League. If the answer is Cornick then the loss of 150k or whatever the fee was would pale into insignificance to the riches gained. Truth is they’ve taken the money and what happens onfield is secondary at best.
I suspect 2020 run the club on the worst case scenario, so being a Championship club next season and with the budget that will bring. If we're talking £350k+ or so, then that's good value for a player who has only scored once all season and isn't a starter.
It's all differing onions, obviously, but I don't see Cornick as being the person who would take us into the Premier League.
He was a steady player, did a job etc and we may miss him at times in the run in but it's not going to be the end of the world and are season won't live or die on Cornick being in the squad - or not.
I think it was a mixed window, some real quality coming in, albeit on loan. Drameh looks outstanding based on last night and Marvelous sounds like he could be a big plus.
In fairness though it is hard to understand the messaging about the strike force. Fred, if he stays fit showed that he can likely do a lot of what Cornick does, but I'd challenge anyone to suggest the striking options in the squad look as good as before this window.
Will it be worth whatever money we got for Cornick / saved on Jerome's contract? Time will tell I guess.
I think last night demonstrated that we haven't got that player who can do something different to help unlock stubborn defences, especially at home. We didn't create much and certainly didn't test the keeper until very late on. Crosses were dealt with by their defence and it took a deflected one for Ade to score. So I see people's concern but to have a go at Taylor is extraordinary - Boro fans opinion over this from the OF -
"Chief Recruitment Officer Mick Harford added: “We have tracked Joe for a long period of time, and have got many reports on him. We’ve seen him play in many various types of game, at training grounds and at the main stadium, and he always seems to be on the shoulder of the last defender, looking for that ball over the top to run in behind.
“He’s got good pace and we believe he’s a real threat who will always create chances for himself. He needs a little bit of work and time, but we believe we can develop him into a top striker here.”
Oh I agree and I wasn't having a go at him at all. If Harford effectively says he is one for the future then I'm happy with that and some of what has been written about him seems ridiculously unfair.
I was commenting on the messaging and what it means for our season ahead though, like I said, in terms of pure strikers the overall squad strength seems to have reduced in that specific area while strengthening in others.
Sorry, I wasn't having a go at you, I just parked my thoughts there to complete the post. I'm a bit woolly headed atm with the lurgy.
We need goals from all areas and maybe that is what Edwards is looking for. With Nakamba sitting, we might see more freedom for the rest of the midfield and defenders who want to go forward. Clark is playing superbly so him further forward would be an asset. We have seen Burke in forward areas a few times and him and Bell scored away at Udders. More shooting from outside the box should be encouraged....ok back to bed for me.
I also think it's a bit strange from Harry's perspective.
Bree I get completely - moving to a higher division.
But Cornick? What's the rush? He can sit out another 6 months here, potentially compete in the playoffs again and if he still wants to leave in the summer he will be a free agent and could command an even higher wage.
Yes I thought Cornick would stay until the Summer as you say. Instead of choosing one club out of one that came in for him, he could have sat back and waited for the offers to come in. At 27 years old this is probably his last big contract.
Yes, I was a bit disappointed he went but for a young man with a family (I think?) it must be tough making those decisions. Go for double the salary now and secure a a 2-3 year contract or wait it out. It could go well but equally he might get a bad injury / play badly and find that the offer isn't there any more.
One thing's for sure, Bristol City have our number.
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