Sell, sell, sell…

It’s over. Closed. Not open for business till the winter season. Be warned that the following post was not written with any structure in mind… just thoughts racing through my head during the closing of the transfer window.

Hopes of securing the services of a certain Mr. Diarra never materialized. Instead, we finally sealed the deal (in how many windows has this rumor circulated?) for Scotty Parker from West Ham, with Bentley going the other way. I feel sorry for the latter, 27 years old and going to play for a relegated side on loan… it can’t be easy.

The shifting of deadweight didn’t end there with the permanent transfer of Alan Hutton and the season-long loan of Jermaine Jenas to Aston Villa. Not really a shocker there.

Over the past few weeks, rumors circulated that a two-man deal with the Potters was in the works for Crouch and Palacios. It was true with Sgt. Wilson’s transfer confirmed by the club within the final 2 hours, and Crouchie’s departure confirmed right after the window closed.

Gary Cahill was almost a Spur. I was gutted when Harry confirmed that the deal fell through as we are in desperate need of a reliable defender to consistently start alongside Dawson. I expect us to give Bolton a ring when January rolls around.

So what have we done exactly? Have we made room for Modric’s salary increase? Have we become a selling club?

Majority of the players mentioned above needed to move on. I must admit though that the Crouch deal was one I was not expecting. I’m actually still unsure how I feel about it. I think I’ll need to sleep and wake up to digest what happened this evening. One thing I can tell you now is I won’t be impressed with how little business we managed in regards to new signings coming in.

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6 Responses to “Sell, sell, sell…”

  1. Size limit Says:

    Needed to cut squad size down to 25.

    • el wehbi Says:

      At the end of day, I understand we needed to make room in the roster… although I knew it could happen, I found Crouch’s departure a bit shocking. The rest… not so much.

  2. Alee Says:

    so what will the ’25’ be then?
    Adey, Pav, Defoe, VDV, Modric,
    Bale, Krank, Parker, Sandro, Hudd,
    Townsend, Lennon, Assou-E, Dawson, Kaboul,
    Gallas, King, Corluka, Friedel, Gomes,
    Walker, Bassong, Rose,….

    Any others who are 21 and over? I feel like i’m forgetting someone; otherwise that leaves us with a roster surplus, doesn’t it?

  3. TipsySpur Says:

    I want to be optimistic for this season but neither the past two league games nor the transfer window made any sense at all.

    Is it a good move to keep Modric or will it be an excuse for a bad performance!

    When we first got four strikers everybody said that’s to many, So is three enough now! is it a hint of going 451 most of the season (Giovani still on our books by the way)

    anyways, not the start of the season we needed

  4. el wehbi Says:

    @Alee: 25-man squad listing can be found at the link below (recently announced:

    Livermore and Cudicini were the ones you left out.

    @TipsySpur: At 40 mil, it may have been wise to sell Modric… however, it should have been done much earlier in the window and we should have just named the price. If the deal happened too close to the end of the window, what would we have done with that money?

    Regarding Gio, I’m happy he’s still in the squad… question is: will Harry use him or leave him to rot as he has done in the past?

  5. JimmyG2 Says:

    The window looks better the further we move away.
    Squad tidied up: Crouch gone: decent striker in for a season; not keen on Parker but useful until Sandro returns.
    A striker short which might give Gio or your ‘love child’ Kranjcar more opportunity.

    Injuries are worrying though and we still need a top striker at Xmas.
    Sixth place still on.

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