I am still in the 'pro Rosler' camp but can't ignore those that are criticising the amount of time it has taken to get a striker in! We have had a year and have failed to do a proper job. The priority was always a top draw striker and IMO this should have been sorted long before a CB and LB.... You can get promoted with an average left back but not with an average striker!!
I hope I am proved wrong but feel Uwe may have hedged his bets on Bidwell and Hayes and if they have both fallen through we are now scratching around! I really hope the next signing fills us all with excitement rather than being someone with 'potential'!
First they came for the communists.........
His "second year" (season) hasn't even started yet and the window is still open.
As for his first, he had two decent forwards in MacDonald and Alexander and both left for reasons outwith his control.
But my point is that if you sign players just for the sake of it i.e. numbers rather than quality, then they cease to provide proper "competition" just as soon as the established players cotton on that the new guys aren't up to it.
Of course, I'm sure Uwe could be much more successful in attracting talented new signings to GP if he promised them a place in the Starting XI, but that wouldn't provide real "competition" would it, though it would piss off CD and FEA.
Let's be quite clear about what's going on here. UR doesn't have pot loads of money to throw at the problem. Nor, to the outsider, is GP a particularly attractive* proposition compared with several other clubs in the Division. And if you're a family man in your mid-20s and playing for a club outside the M25, even if BFC offer a wage package which is competitive by League One standards, the cost of moving house and buying somewhere in the London area will often rule it out. Sure, Uwe could go for youngsters who don't have these things to worry about, or maybe veterans who have a few bob behind them already, but there is always a chance that the former won't make it or the latter are past it.
Above all, goalscoring forwards are the most valuable asset at any club and therefore the most sought-after. Therefore if one is available, affordable, hasn't already been snapped up by another club and is willing to come to GP, then there is very possibly a reason why.
And not a good reason, either.
* - Even if we insiders know differently!
They got tanked 6-0. They used 6 of their 7 substitutes, with Donnelly being the one left on the bench. And as a mark of just how depleted they were, striker Will Grigg of Walsall played the entire 90 mins.
Meanwhile, whilst NI were playing a friendly against Finland last night, Rory was part of a 20-man squad representing the NI U-21's for their friendly away to Hungary. However he didn't start, nor was he even one of the seven named substitutes (though I suppose he could have been injured?).
Tbh, he isn't within a mile of getting near the Swansea 1st team yet, and I've heard that he's still struggling to make the transition from part-time to full-time football.
....It's probably all these 'phone calls with crossed fingers that have caused the jigsaw not to be finished yet.
Far too old for a mid-life crsis
Warburton needs to brush up on his geography.......the winters in the likes of Germany, Denmark, Sweden and most all Eastern European countries are far more harsh than HARTLEPOOL. These mythical cold Tuesday nights when our players don't seem to be able to perform is a poor excuse.
Football is not a matter of life or death, it's more important than that.
Some people are like Slinkies, no use but make you smile when pushed downstairs
These are the strikers (in our "league") that have moved this summer:
Two things stand out:
1) how many we have had or had been linked to us in the past;
2) of that list, only Ryan Lowe is one I'd like and he went for money.
When the wind of change blows some build walls, others build windmills...
The proven goalscorers we crave will cost too much and may not be available.
Maybe all we can realistically expect is players we have owned in the last year like Grabban, Alexander, Grella and MacDonald. Unfortunately these have all now gone to our rivals so it's back to the drawing board.
I think we'll be ok but we desperately need Farid to stay fit (is he even fit now?)
I had not been on for a few days and I am amazed at the simmering/barely disguised anger at uwe and his team. Its supposed to be an exciting time as we kick off the new season instead some people are going into the season already with a downer on the management and by assocaition on the team. This is exactly the kind of of ferment that means if things do not go perfectly by halftime on Tuesday booing begins at Griffin Park which in turn causes anxiety and resentment amongst the players who under-perform even more leading to more booing etc etc. Please realx give the management and team at least 10 games of full blown support to see how things are going. This external micro management is not healthy.
Oh and i meant to say whoever we bring in as another striker just watch the race to
a. put his record to date up from wikipeduia
b. someone saying I'm not impressed with his record Uwe and Warburton have had months blah blah