Won't somebody shut that flaming window? It's cold in here

Monday, 4 January 2010

Welcome to the month of the year where it's your official duty as an Exeter City fan, to worry, fret, cry and panic at our lack of signings and players who are going to be sold ahead of our inevitable relegation at the end of the season before demanding the head of the management and board and demanding an Exeter City-supporting billionaire come in and fund our drive to the Premier League and if we lose narrowly to Manchester United and Chelsea at any point then SACK EVERYBODY BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

And breathe.

Yes, the transfer window is upon us and the bi-annual dose of headless chickeness has arrived in Devon as we slide into January, hardly helped by the complete lack of football in the last week (yeah, thanks for that Franchise FC. Did you enjoy getting beaten by Burnley? Did you? Not that I'm bitter or anything).

If we're compiling a theoretical shopping list then a winger, a centre-half and a goalscoring striker would be top of them, but realistically we'll probably get a couple of kids on loan and sign another central midfielder. Plus, the squad, especially up front, if looking a bit top-heavy so we could do with trimming a few here and there.

In terms of outgoing, Ryan Harley is attracting a fair bit of interest from Plymouth and other Championship clubs. Hopefully he's got more sense than to sign for a soon-to-be relegated club but it wouldn't be a shock if he went.

The ginger midfield maestro has come in for criticism from the boo boys of late, but he still remains one of our most talented players and is capable of changing a game (and hasn't been as bad as people suggest). He would be missed, but is replaceable, and it may even free up Russell.

Danny Seaborne is the other player attracting admiring glances from, if the papers are to be believed, Norwich (we knew about this one) and, er Leicester. Yes, seriously, Leicester. That Championship club that ain't doing too badly like Danny. Now we like Danny and think he's come on leaps and bounds, but Championship standard at the moment? I guess he's young...

If Danny does go, and as he's out of contract in the summer that wouldn't be a surprise, then a centre-half is a priority, especially with the uncertainty over whether Troy's staying or not. Big Rob Edwards is a City legend, but it's a bit much to ask him to fill in for the rest of the season.

On the other outgoing you could offload Burnell (who?) any of the strikers bar Stanno, Logie and Marcus Stewart and free up a bit more space. Yes, even Macca and Watson, who HaL has a lot of time for. Sadly Watson's loan to Forest Green's been scuppered by yet another injury. You've got to feel for him, as he's been desperately unlucky with injuries.

What's more likely, though, is the players will go out on loan (or stay on loan in Macca and Manny Panther's case). Depending of wage agreements, that may free up a bit of space. Or we may let them go for free.

But, like Tis, I'm not a great advocate of shaking up the squad for the shape of it and agree that more bad decisions that good are done in January. That said, we could do with just a couple of extra players.

The official site has said we'll announce a new signing at the end of today. Popular money is one ex-Bristol City midfielder David Noble, who'd be a decent signing if he's injury free now. Craig Noone back on loan is another whisper and that would be an awesome signing and would warm HaL's cockles on a bloody freezing day.


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