February 1st 2013: After another media-savaged transfer window, I’ve been left more disheartened than Peter Odemwingie today, after we failed to boost our frail front line with the signing of a new striker.
Yet again for a second successive winter transfer window, we’ve failed in confirmed attempts (SSN) to sign long-term transfer target, Leandro Damiao. It was evident as soon as Adebayor returned from suspension from his derby day sending off that we really needed to bolster our attack. In addition, he left for the Africa Cup of Nations and AVB has admitted that playing JD recently has been a risk, as reports of a hip complaint were confirmed by Andre this week.
I held confidence that we’d secure a signing before last nights 11pm deadline. All week names such as Hooper, Negredo, Gomis and then Damiao again yesterday were all mooted for moves to WHL. As it stands Defoe goes into every game knowing he’s starting which is never healthy. Competition for places is what gets the best out of players. Time will tell if Adebayor recaptures his best form and in my eyes, he owes us a great deal of effort after we rambled on all summer trying to sign him permanently.
For a club that currently lie 13th in Football’s Forbes list, it would be fair to say from that alone that THFC possess comfortable financial clout. Although ‘transfer funds’ haven’t been used to bring in a top class frontman and now I start to question the clubs ability to secure Champions League football next season.
We have spent a combined fee of £4.5m on the signings of Zeki Fryers and what many are claiming a ‘deal of the century’ in Lewis Holtby, £3m and £1.5m respectively.
I’m still confident of a strong season in the league although less confident on our chances of achieving Champions League next season as a result of failing to bring in a forward. Again.