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Transfer window watch: Oscar seeks replacement for Barnes

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Albion boss Oscar Garcia has admitted striker Ashley Barnes will be missed.

And he has urged the club’s scouting network to find him an effective replacement in the remaining three weeks of the January transfer window.

Barnes, 24, completed his move to Burnley yesterday on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee in the region of £750,000 after stalling over a new deal offered by Albion in the summer.

 

Oscar, shrugging aside Barnes’ critics within the fanbase, told The Argus: “He can play in different positions, he always works hard for the team, he is always thinking about the team before himself.

“For a coach it’s always an important player to have, because he’s a good example for everybody.

“It’s his decision. I want to wish him all the best because he has been a good servant to the club.

“I am very happy to have been his coach and see him develop as a player. He is young and he can develop much more.

“I think we will miss his character, his hard work, but I would like to bring in a replacement for him.”

Cardiff striker Joe Mason is one of the Seagulls’ transfer targets as Oscar begins life without Barnes against in-form Birmingham City at The Amex today.

The Spaniard said: “We need to replace him. It's not easy but we have a lot of scouting to help with his decision.

“It’s the job of the scouting and the people working for the club to have in mind some targets. I have said before if someone leaves we have to replace him and this is the case now.”

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6:31am Sat 11 Jan 14

albionbloke says...

Still hoping we might get Mason, sounds like he can do the business. Too bad Lita didn't get a good run with us, might have been the answer. I'm leaning towards Vegas' view that perhaps he didn't show enough in training (at least I think it was you Vegas?)
Still hoping we might get Mason, sounds like he can do the business. Too bad Lita didn't get a good run with us, might have been the answer. I'm leaning towards Vegas' view that perhaps he didn't show enough in training (at least I think it was you Vegas?) albionbloke
  • Score: 4

6:59am Sat 11 Jan 14

Conelli98 says...

I thought todays main story might be about whether Bridcutt was in todays starting xi or squad?
Tell OG ive done the scouting job already...Becchio or Sharp will be fine for me!
I thought todays main story might be about whether Bridcutt was in todays starting xi or squad? Tell OG ive done the scouting job already...Becchio or Sharp will be fine for me! Conelli98
  • Score: 4

7:42am Sat 11 Jan 14

Gazza by the sea says...

Three good, fit strikers? Steady on Oscar you'll have me dreaming of promotion if you keep on like this!
Three good, fit strikers? Steady on Oscar you'll have me dreaming of promotion if you keep on like this! Gazza by the sea
  • Score: 9

7:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

I hope that the club's search was in an advanced stage on letting Barnes go. All very well being bean-counters and some getting rather excited about banking £800k. But cash at bank isn't going to win us our vital January leagues games. Must get a quality striker in now, to help take those vital league points.
I hope that the club's search was in an advanced stage on letting Barnes go. All very well being bean-counters and some getting rather excited about banking £800k. But cash at bank isn't going to win us our vital January leagues games. Must get a quality striker in now, to help take those vital league points. Withdean-er
  • Score: 14

7:45am Sat 11 Jan 14

hayno19 says...

Think getting chris wood back would be my choice hes not starting for Leicester and would be a quality striker to support ulloa
Think getting chris wood back would be my choice hes not starting for Leicester and would be a quality striker to support ulloa hayno19
  • Score: -8

7:55am Sat 11 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Looking forward to today's match. Birmingham are unbeaten in 10 league games, but they struggled at home against Barnsley in their last game (as we did!). But they've lost Dan Burn who has been playing really well for them in the centre of defence - returned to Fulham after loan. Good opportunity for Ulloa to make a nuisance of himself. Albion players well rested after playing a weaker team in the cup. Nice sunny day..... let's hope for 3 points!
Looking forward to today's match. Birmingham are unbeaten in 10 league games, but they struggled at home against Barnsley in their last game (as we did!). But they've lost Dan Burn who has been playing really well for them in the centre of defence - returned to Fulham after loan. Good opportunity for Ulloa to make a nuisance of himself. Albion players well rested after playing a weaker team in the cup. Nice sunny day..... let's hope for 3 points! Quiterie
  • Score: 16

8:15am Sat 11 Jan 14

Seagull John says...

I haven't seen anyone in the Championship as good as Ash in his role. We have been mugged and don't have a replacement in mind. Clearly Oscar doesn't have any thoughts on someone either from his contacts.
I haven't seen anyone in the Championship as good as Ash in his role. We have been mugged and don't have a replacement in mind. Clearly Oscar doesn't have any thoughts on someone either from his contacts. Seagull John
  • Score: 2

8:21am Sat 11 Jan 14

and another thing.... says...

Ashley Barnes is a battler; we need some one with a similar physical presence on the pitch and a never-say-die attitude.
Who is out there?
Ashley Barnes is a battler; we need some one with a similar physical presence on the pitch and a never-say-die attitude. Who is out there? and another thing....
  • Score: 6

8:29am Sat 11 Jan 14

saraman says...

and another thing.... wrote:
Ashley Barnes is a battler; we need some one with a similar physical presence on the pitch and a never-say-die attitude. Who is out there?
We don't so much need a battler but somebody that can score goals.
[quote][p][bold]and another thing....[/bold] wrote: Ashley Barnes is a battler; we need some one with a similar physical presence on the pitch and a never-say-die attitude. Who is out there?[/p][/quote]We don't so much need a battler but somebody that can score goals. saraman
  • Score: 13

8:34am Sat 11 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Hope CMS is back soon will be like a new signing!!! Ash didn't want to sign so had to go, agree sharpe would be good looking forward to seeing this obika hope the partnership with ulloa starts to fire in the goals today ... UTA
Hope CMS is back soon will be like a new signing!!! Ash didn't want to sign so had to go, agree sharpe would be good looking forward to seeing this obika hope the partnership with ulloa starts to fire in the goals today ... UTA Tonyuk175
  • Score: 8

9:02am Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

saraman---agree a goal scorer is what we need---workers do not necessarily bring results!! Its not eeeeesy!!
saraman---agree a goal scorer is what we need---workers do not necessarily bring results!! Its not eeeeesy!! mikeygit
  • Score: 4

9:04am Sat 11 Jan 14

jcd1972 says...

Seagull John wrote:
I haven't seen anyone in the Championship as good as Ash in his role. We have been mugged and don't have a replacement in mind. Clearly Oscar doesn't have any thoughts on someone either from his contacts.
The club can't win. When Murray went on a free transfer there was loads of criticism. Now at least we're bringing some money in which is vital in the FFP era.
[quote][p][bold]Seagull John[/bold] wrote: I haven't seen anyone in the Championship as good as Ash in his role. We have been mugged and don't have a replacement in mind. Clearly Oscar doesn't have any thoughts on someone either from his contacts.[/p][/quote]The club can't win. When Murray went on a free transfer there was loads of criticism. Now at least we're bringing some money in which is vital in the FFP era. jcd1972
  • Score: 9

9:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

and another thing.... says...

saraman wrote:
and another thing.... wrote:
Ashley Barnes is a battler; we need some one with a similar physical presence on the pitch and a never-say-die attitude. Who is out there?
We don't so much need a battler but somebody that can score goals.
I agree Saraman
But hopefully the two attributes are not mutually exclusive.
[quote][p][bold]saraman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]and another thing....[/bold] wrote: Ashley Barnes is a battler; we need some one with a similar physical presence on the pitch and a never-say-die attitude. Who is out there?[/p][/quote]We don't so much need a battler but somebody that can score goals.[/p][/quote]I agree Saraman But hopefully the two attributes are not mutually exclusive. and another thing....
  • Score: 4

9:28am Sat 11 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

Getum saaussge role
Getum saaussge role seegull fly in sky
  • Score: -3

9:30am Sat 11 Jan 14

rolivan says...

I watched the interview and I never heard any mention of any criticism of the fan base about anyone. Andy Nayland causing trouble again
I watched the interview and I never heard any mention of any criticism of the fan base about anyone. Andy Nayland causing trouble again rolivan
  • Score: 0

9:42am Sat 11 Jan 14

Alan G Skinner says...

Time to look up Oscar's contact book in Spain I think. Until we are producing highly technical players in our academy, it makes sense to import those players from Spain.
Time to look up Oscar's contact book in Spain I think. Until we are producing highly technical players in our academy, it makes sense to import those players from Spain. Alan G Skinner
  • Score: 4

9:49am Sat 11 Jan 14

dave from bexill says...

I may be wrong, but I get a sense that OG is unhappy that club have been unable to hold on to AB. Whatever happens between now and end of season, hopefully by the summer OG will have a better idea himself of who he wants to bring in. Obviously didn't know of Lita and/or didn't rate him. Don't want this trend to continue.
I may be wrong, but I get a sense that OG is unhappy that club have been unable to hold on to AB. Whatever happens between now and end of season, hopefully by the summer OG will have a better idea himself of who he wants to bring in. Obviously didn't know of Lita and/or didn't rate him. Don't want this trend to continue. dave from bexill
  • Score: 5

9:54am Sat 11 Jan 14

Neville says...

These transfer dealings have been pending for weeks,so why is it now that we seem to be asking scouting network etc to find a striker,the striker situation should have been progressed whilst Barnes was still here.I have a gut feel that we won't be spending much of any transfer money received,I just hope the fans don't feel short changed. All top six teams strengthening now we seem to be treading water in this respect.
These transfer dealings have been pending for weeks,so why is it now that we seem to be asking scouting network etc to find a striker,the striker situation should have been progressed whilst Barnes was still here.I have a gut feel that we won't be spending much of any transfer money received,I just hope the fans don't feel short changed. All top six teams strengthening now we seem to be treading water in this respect. Neville
  • Score: 2

9:59am Sat 11 Jan 14

bhaforever says...

As a manager I would like to be able to make a judgement or an assessment on who is a decent striker personally I wouldn't like to leave it in the hands of a scout.
As a manager I would like to be able to make a judgement or an assessment on who is a decent striker personally I wouldn't like to leave it in the hands of a scout. bhaforever
  • Score: 4

10:16am Sat 11 Jan 14

SMF20 says...

“It’s the job of the scouting and the people working for the club to have in mind some targets. I have said before if someone leaves we have to replace him and this is the case now.”

I will no doubt get thumbs down for this but I have to say that I'm bitterly disappointed by the quote above.
I like many others always thought that players being brought in weren't OG men and now we know why.

I'm astounded how someone who does not have as much player knowledge as the manager or indeed works with the squad day in day out like OG can be allowed to make such vital decisions for our club.
Gus may have been wrong about a lot of things and gone the wrong way about getting what he wanted but I have to say that I agreed with him on this one... It should be the manager that signs these players.
I really don't like the director of football role... How can a person in this position possibly know what's best for our squad?

Sorry to bleat guys but didn't want to hear this.
“It’s the job of the scouting and the people working for the club to have in mind some targets. I have said before if someone leaves we have to replace him and this is the case now.” I will no doubt get thumbs down for this but I have to say that I'm bitterly disappointed by the quote above. I like many others always thought that players being brought in weren't OG men and now we know why. I'm astounded how someone who does not have as much player knowledge as the manager or indeed works with the squad day in day out like OG can be allowed to make such vital decisions for our club. Gus may have been wrong about a lot of things and gone the wrong way about getting what he wanted but I have to say that I agreed with him on this one... It should be the manager that signs these players. I really don't like the director of football role... How can a person in this position possibly know what's best for our squad? Sorry to bleat guys but didn't want to hear this. SMF20
  • Score: 3

10:31am Sat 11 Jan 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Getum saaussge role
My thoughts exactly...
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Getum saaussge role[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly... Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 0

10:32am Sat 11 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Where I can see things going out of shape here is next summer, club will need to spend money on defenders, and a creative midfielder, if club is serious about promotion it needs to replace quality with quality, Barnes last season was not. In my team, however , this season when he stepped up for a penalty at home, massive pressure on him... Lots of players would have bottled that!, when we lose bridcutt ... I only think ulloa is capable at the club of stepping into the premiership with clubs wanting him.
The idea that scouts are now looking for a replacement is a farce, scouts track players for reasons that are simple... Find better players!
Club have not actually bought a player since ulloa that's 12 months ago.. Many loan and seasoned pros but nothing with potential.
I am sorry to say, but Chelsea played ince in midfield , primary a centre back, and I think his said so last season....
Massive game today, lose and the microscope will be on !
Where I can see things going out of shape here is next summer, club will need to spend money on defenders, and a creative midfielder, if club is serious about promotion it needs to replace quality with quality, Barnes last season was not. In my team, however , this season when he stepped up for a penalty at home, massive pressure on him... Lots of players would have bottled that!, when we lose bridcutt ... I only think ulloa is capable at the club of stepping into the premiership with clubs wanting him. The idea that scouts are now looking for a replacement is a farce, scouts track players for reasons that are simple... Find better players! Club have not actually bought a player since ulloa that's 12 months ago.. Many loan and seasoned pros but nothing with potential. I am sorry to say, but Chelsea played ince in midfield , primary a centre back, and I think his said so last season.... Massive game today, lose and the microscope will be on ! mark by the sea
  • Score: -6

11:17am Sat 11 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Mark, do you really think that the scouting network only start looking at players once OG asks them to?

And is today's game REALLY that massive? Bigger than others? Are you worried our season will be over if we fail to get any points?
Mark, do you really think that the scouting network only start looking at players once OG asks them to? And is today's game REALLY that massive? Bigger than others? Are you worried our season will be over if we fail to get any points? Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

11:24am Sat 11 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Mark, do you really think that the scouting network only start looking at players once OG asks them to?

And is today's game REALLY that massive? Bigger than others? Are you worried our season will be over if we fail to get any points?
No that's my point , the scouts are looking all the time for players, they will have watched every club and developement squad side last year, they will have notes on players who look capable.
I think today is massive, our league performances at home have been pretty poor ..
Obviously our season won't be over, but squad is short. Of quality, all the sides around us are strenghtening , we are putting a lot of hope and praying that ulloa stays available ..
We heard from OG that he would be looking to Spain for loan players in January once he has assessed his squad..
Today I am wondering about the front 6 ... Orlandi needs to start in my opinion.. Quality is needed.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Mark, do you really think that the scouting network only start looking at players once OG asks them to? And is today's game REALLY that massive? Bigger than others? Are you worried our season will be over if we fail to get any points?[/p][/quote]No that's my point , the scouts are looking all the time for players, they will have watched every club and developement squad side last year, they will have notes on players who look capable. I think today is massive, our league performances at home have been pretty poor .. Obviously our season won't be over, but squad is short. Of quality, all the sides around us are strenghtening , we are putting a lot of hope and praying that ulloa stays available .. We heard from OG that he would be looking to Spain for loan players in January once he has assessed his squad.. Today I am wondering about the front 6 ... Orlandi needs to start in my opinion.. Quality is needed. mark by the sea
  • Score: -2

11:24am Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

albionbloke wrote:
Still hoping we might get Mason, sounds like he can do the business. Too bad Lita didn't get a good run with us, might have been the answer. I'm leaning towards Vegas' view that perhaps he didn't show enough in training (at least I think it was you Vegas?)
Yeah it was me but I wasn't being clever, it's the only logical conclusion. If the strikers can't beat our own defenders in training how can we expect them to beat the real opposition in a match.
It's the same for the development lads, that's why they go out on loan, to get experience against lower level clubs.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: Still hoping we might get Mason, sounds like he can do the business. Too bad Lita didn't get a good run with us, might have been the answer. I'm leaning towards Vegas' view that perhaps he didn't show enough in training (at least I think it was you Vegas?)[/p][/quote]Yeah it was me but I wasn't being clever, it's the only logical conclusion. If the strikers can't beat our own defenders in training how can we expect them to beat the real opposition in a match. It's the same for the development lads, that's why they go out on loan, to get experience against lower level clubs. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

11:26am Sat 11 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

Got to admit a little surprised that the only strikers/players we seem to be interested in are from the UK, I thought that with OG in charge we would maybe see another swoop for another Spanish speaking player like Ulloa or someone from a Turkish side.
Got to admit a little surprised that the only strikers/players we seem to be interested in are from the UK, I thought that with OG in charge we would maybe see another swoop for another Spanish speaking player like Ulloa or someone from a Turkish side. russellsnr2
  • Score: 1

11:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

Alan G Skinner says...

I see no reason why we should not win today. If we continue to play one up, Ulloa is the ONLY choice, Barnes absence is of little consequence.
I see no reason why we should not win today. If we continue to play one up, Ulloa is the ONLY choice, Barnes absence is of little consequence. Alan G Skinner
  • Score: 0

11:51am Sat 11 Jan 14

falmer seagull says...

Here's hoping that Obika is a goalscorer like Defoe. I fancy the crowd may like him and wish the club to purchase him at the end of the season!
Here's hoping that Obika is a goalscorer like Defoe. I fancy the crowd may like him and wish the club to purchase him at the end of the season! falmer seagull
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Sat 11 Jan 14

and another thing.... says...

Getting ready to travel down to Amex for the first game of the post-Barnes era.
COME ON ALBION!
Getting ready to travel down to Amex for the first game of the post-Barnes era. COME ON ALBION! and another thing....
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Where I can see things going out of shape here is next summer, club will need to spend money on defenders, and a creative midfielder, if club is serious about promotion it needs to replace quality with quality, Barnes last season was not. In my team, however , this season when he stepped up for a penalty at home, massive pressure on him... Lots of players would have bottled that!, when we lose bridcutt ... I only think ulloa is capable at the club of stepping into the premiership with clubs wanting him.
The idea that scouts are now looking for a replacement is a farce, scouts track players for reasons that are simple... Find better players!
Club have not actually bought a player since ulloa that's 12 months ago.. Many loan and seasoned pros but nothing with potential.
I am sorry to say, but Chelsea played ince in midfield , primary a centre back, and I think his said so last season....
Massive game today, lose and the microscope will be on !
That's your problem, glass half full kind of guy. It's always what the club is not doing, do you ever reflect on where we have come from in the last few years?
We have more current internationals than at any time I can recall, one down now as Barnes played forAustria, some great young talent in Ince,March,JFC.
An infrastructure that very few can boast of, with a hotel possibly on its way, agreed we need additional personnel but leave the management to sort that out as I'm sure they will.
Mark you are a supporter but try and put a positive spin on things occasionally.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Where I can see things going out of shape here is next summer, club will need to spend money on defenders, and a creative midfielder, if club is serious about promotion it needs to replace quality with quality, Barnes last season was not. In my team, however , this season when he stepped up for a penalty at home, massive pressure on him... Lots of players would have bottled that!, when we lose bridcutt ... I only think ulloa is capable at the club of stepping into the premiership with clubs wanting him. The idea that scouts are now looking for a replacement is a farce, scouts track players for reasons that are simple... Find better players! Club have not actually bought a player since ulloa that's 12 months ago.. Many loan and seasoned pros but nothing with potential. I am sorry to say, but Chelsea played ince in midfield , primary a centre back, and I think his said so last season.... Massive game today, lose and the microscope will be on ![/p][/quote]That's your problem, glass half full kind of guy. It's always what the club is not doing, do you ever reflect on where we have come from in the last few years? We have more current internationals than at any time I can recall, one down now as Barnes played forAustria, some great young talent in Ince,March,JFC. An infrastructure that very few can boast of, with a hotel possibly on its way, agreed we need additional personnel but leave the management to sort that out as I'm sure they will. Mark you are a supporter but try and put a positive spin on things occasionally. Alfie T
  • Score: 2

1:37pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Mark you are fully entitled to your opinion but like Alfie, I find some of your comments somewhat odd.
We haven't signed a player since Ulloa in the winter window of last year, true, but where was the need. Season long loans are as near to a purchase as you can get, the difference being that we don't spend a lump of cash. We had some needs and filled them.
Our current position in the table would suggest that we have got things about right, next season, yep I would like to see some changes but for now, and with the stated desire to bring in a couple of new lads in this window, I don't see any real problem.
It might be that you have become too accustomed to Poyet's way of solving problems, go out and buy new, Oscar has chosen to promote from within, borrow when we have to and buy when the deal, and player, is right. Can that approach be so wrong?
Mark you are fully entitled to your opinion but like Alfie, I find some of your comments somewhat odd. We haven't signed a player since Ulloa in the winter window of last year, true, but where was the need. Season long loans are as near to a purchase as you can get, the difference being that we don't spend a lump of cash. We had some needs and filled them. Our current position in the table would suggest that we have got things about right, next season, yep I would like to see some changes but for now, and with the stated desire to bring in a couple of new lads in this window, I don't see any real problem. It might be that you have become too accustomed to Poyet's way of solving problems, go out and buy new, Oscar has chosen to promote from within, borrow when we have to and buy when the deal, and player, is right. Can that approach be so wrong? VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Neville wrote:
These transfer dealings have been pending for weeks,so why is it now that we seem to be asking scouting network etc to find a striker,the striker situation should have been progressed whilst Barnes was still here.I have a gut feel that we won't be spending much of any transfer money received,I just hope the fans don't feel short changed. All top six teams strengthening now we seem to be treading water in this respect.
Exactly.
Failure to bring in a permanent striker better than Barnes by 31st Jan, would be the club in effect throwing in the towel with regard to this season. We've struggled to score goals in many games and had a shortage of fit strikers, even when we had Barnes .... so over to the Board/team management, to see if they have handled this transfer window expertly come the 31st.
Fingers crossed from a fans perspective.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: These transfer dealings have been pending for weeks,so why is it now that we seem to be asking scouting network etc to find a striker,the striker situation should have been progressed whilst Barnes was still here.I have a gut feel that we won't be spending much of any transfer money received,I just hope the fans don't feel short changed. All top six teams strengthening now we seem to be treading water in this respect.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Failure to bring in a permanent striker better than Barnes by 31st Jan, would be the club in effect throwing in the towel with regard to this season. We've struggled to score goals in many games and had a shortage of fit strikers, even when we had Barnes .... so over to the Board/team management, to see if they have handled this transfer window expertly come the 31st. Fingers crossed from a fans perspective. Withdean-er
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Sat 11 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Withdean-er wrote:
Neville wrote:
These transfer dealings have been pending for weeks,so why is it now that we seem to be asking scouting network etc to find a striker,the striker situation should have been progressed whilst Barnes was still here.I have a gut feel that we won't be spending much of any transfer money received,I just hope the fans don't feel short changed. All top six teams strengthening now we seem to be treading water in this respect.
Exactly.
Failure to bring in a permanent striker better than Barnes by 31st Jan, would be the club in effect throwing in the towel with regard to this season. We've struggled to score goals in many games and had a shortage of fit strikers, even when we had Barnes .... so over to the Board/team management, to see if they have handled this transfer window expertly come the 31st.
Fingers crossed from a fans perspective.
I am quite sure that our scouts have been at work but only now do they get mentioned. Yep the club probably knew that Barnes was on his way but until he jumped ship there was no need to buy his replacement, but that doesn't mean that we are not prepared for the event. We are hearing that Mason could arrive, that would not be an over night decision, we would have been keeping an eye on him and I am sure that we have been scouting others.
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: These transfer dealings have been pending for weeks,so why is it now that we seem to be asking scouting network etc to find a striker,the striker situation should have been progressed whilst Barnes was still here.I have a gut feel that we won't be spending much of any transfer money received,I just hope the fans don't feel short changed. All top six teams strengthening now we seem to be treading water in this respect.[/p][/quote]Exactly. Failure to bring in a permanent striker better than Barnes by 31st Jan, would be the club in effect throwing in the towel with regard to this season. We've struggled to score goals in many games and had a shortage of fit strikers, even when we had Barnes .... so over to the Board/team management, to see if they have handled this transfer window expertly come the 31st. Fingers crossed from a fans perspective.[/p][/quote]I am quite sure that our scouts have been at work but only now do they get mentioned. Yep the club probably knew that Barnes was on his way but until he jumped ship there was no need to buy his replacement, but that doesn't mean that we are not prepared for the event. We are hearing that Mason could arrive, that would not be an over night decision, we would have been keeping an eye on him and I am sure that we have been scouting others. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Major Bloodboil says...

I don't know what everyone is droning on about - we have already loaned in another striker, Obika and we have a surplus of midfielders who can cover the work that Ash did, Crofts, Ince, Andrews, Agustien, Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi, March, Bridcutt and David (who I see is playing again today - why?). Any other striker that we procure will only be a cover since we tend only to play one up front (even Obika is on the bench today) and CMS may be back soon.
I don't know what everyone is droning on about - we have already loaned in another striker, Obika and we have a surplus of midfielders who can cover the work that Ash did, Crofts, Ince, Andrews, Agustien, Buckley, Lua Lua, Orlandi, March, Bridcutt and David (who I see is playing again today - why?). Any other striker that we procure will only be a cover since we tend only to play one up front (even Obika is on the bench today) and CMS may be back soon. Major Bloodboil
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Sat 11 Jan 14

albionbloke says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
albionbloke wrote:
Still hoping we might get Mason, sounds like he can do the business. Too bad Lita didn't get a good run with us, might have been the answer. I'm leaning towards Vegas' view that perhaps he didn't show enough in training (at least I think it was you Vegas?)
Yeah it was me but I wasn't being clever, it's the only logical conclusion. If the strikers can't beat our own defenders in training how can we expect them to beat the real opposition in a match.
It's the same for the development lads, that's why they go out on loan, to get experience against lower level clubs.
Agreed....a good assessment methinks
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: Still hoping we might get Mason, sounds like he can do the business. Too bad Lita didn't get a good run with us, might have been the answer. I'm leaning towards Vegas' view that perhaps he didn't show enough in training (at least I think it was you Vegas?)[/p][/quote]Yeah it was me but I wasn't being clever, it's the only logical conclusion. If the strikers can't beat our own defenders in training how can we expect them to beat the real opposition in a match. It's the same for the development lads, that's why they go out on loan, to get experience against lower level clubs.[/p][/quote]Agreed....a good assessment methinks albionbloke
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