“The squad are starting to pull in the same direction, the players are finally being played in their rightful positions and Emilio “wish I was a winger” Nsue has finally pushed so far forward that he’s run straight past Gallagher, through the turnstiles, all the way to Birmingham Airport and found himself in Cyprus”
There’s nothing like a disappointing transfer window to completely reverse all positivity around a club. It’s fair to say that the recent victories, both in the league and cup competitions, have raised expectations for the season amongst many Blues fans. If the good run of results continues, we could climb clear of the relegation zone and even prepare to mount an assault on the league next year.
However, like a drunk, abusive stepdad that had no intention of ever having kids, the transfer window looks to slap Bluenoses across the face and bring us back to reality by reminding us that there’s no place in its life for us.
Building up to January, Cotterill started to raise our hopes of bringing in some fresh faces. He made us believe that some deals were as good as done and even suggested that he was looking to conduct his business as early as possible. It now appears though that Stevie C may have been hitting the Christmas sherry a bit too hard and decided it’d be a hilarious New Years wind up to spread a few rumours.
Such rumours included the return of Cameron Jerome, the potential arrival of Devonte Cole and the more recent suggestion of Villa destroying Jack Marriott joining the ranks.
It seems Cotterill has now admitted that the bank balance is zero, the mostly faceless board aren’t ready to back him and we must have sold Nsue for 50p and a packet of Wotsits. In a recent press conference Cotterill stated that no official offers had been made by the club for anyone and that “It would be nice to be able to spend but you can’t conjure it up to spend if it’s not there.” Well, that’s the end of that then…
Blues welcome Derby to St Andrews on Saturday and with them comes the attempted Kief poacher and former Blues boss Gary Rowett. Speculation arose earlier in the month that the Rams manager was targeting a completion of the Dutch Mike deal as well as a swoop for Che Adams at the borderline crazy price of £14m. These rumours seem to have died down now, but hopefully they’ll resurface because we could really do with that money, especially for a player that gets injured lacing his boots up!
The question must be asked though, do we NEED anyone new right now? I know, I know, there looks like more chance of Barry Fry winning the London Marathon than us staying up, so that question is madness. But we’re starting to turn things around. One swallow doth not make a summer, and 2 wins doth not make a successful campaign, but it IS the start of something. The squad are starting to pull in the same direction, the players are finally being played in their rightful positions and Emilio “wish I was a winger” Nsue has finally pushed so far forward that he’s run straight past Gallagher, through the turnstiles, all the way to Birmingham Airport and found himself in Cyprus.
I’m sure you’ll agree (well, I’ve read the Twitter comments so maybe not) that part of the problem we’ve faced this season is the influx of so many players. Although no one will officially talk about it, it’s almost certain that backstage politics have played a role in our disastrous season.
So why rock the boat again? Cotterill hasn’t changed the line up for 3 straight games now. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Maybe we shouldn’t tinker with a system that seems to be working right now. Love him, loathe him or remain indifferent to him; Rowett believed in the boys in the dressing room and largely stuck by them. That seems to be a winning formula with us. The current team is a very motivation oriented squad. When times are tough and the status quo is disrupted, their performance dips. Now that the tide’s starting to turn, there’s a little glimmer of hope that they will start to flourish. After all, the last three games have shown us the best of players like Maghoma, Dean, Davis, Gardner, and Big Sam to name just a few.
So perhaps TTA aren’t brandishing their cheque books and wheeling out a war chest for Cotterill, and perhaps the same thing will happen again in the summer. For now though, maybe it’s for the best…
Everyone loves transfer deadline day and we all enjoyed the last minute activity that ‘Arry has become known for. We had our fun last summer though and were spoilt with all the rumours and hubbub. I suggest that this window we sit back with a cup of tea, our yellow ties resting on the arm of the couch and enjoy the spectacle of the Sky Sports coverage, because at this point in time, it looks as though Steve Cotterill will be doing the same.
By Mark Watson