Friday, 29 September 2017

"Two new injuries" to "very, very small squad"

In August he was telling us he was "very happy" with his squad and that we would be pushing for promotion this season. News today from Karl Robinson that he now believes the squad to be "very, very small" and he teases us that we have two new injury concerns but won't tell us for some unfathominable reason who they are.

In the SLP article he does say that we are still in a competitive position (despite dropping out of the play-off places) and that he expects us to "have a right go in the (January) transfer market." Those words may well come back to haunt him. We have never had a right go in the January transfer window under Duchatelet despite being told every Summer that we might do something after Christmas IF we were challenging for promotion etc. It's simple expectation management and why nothing will change all the time we have an unambitious and disinterested owner.

We sold Ademola Lookman for £8-11m last January but Robinson saw none of it.   We could cash in on Holmes, Konsa or Aribo in January but that would be about covering our operating loss for the season, not about strengthening our chances of promotion.

I assume from Robinson's comment on the official site today about the two new injuries that these aren't significant although it looks like one, at least, may be out for Fleetwood given what he says. Why he has to mention things every so often that he can't or won't expand on is reminiscent of school kids with unimportant secrets. I do wish he would grow up and learn to keep his trap shut if he isn't going to explain something properly. Let's all pray that Magennis isn't one of them or we could be fielding Craig Levein's infamous 4-6-0 formation.

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