Over the past 24 hours I have been on cloud 10 (that’s even more euphoric than the feeling of cloud 9) as finally there has been some transfer news to excited and rejuvenate this under-aroused football fan. Watford have only gone and made a bloody signing…Nyron Nosworthy has made his loan move to Vicarage Road permanent! I am probably over-excited about this, but when you support a club with little money to splash during the window, things like this take extra precedence. Surely I am not the only one (if I am not please let me know in the comments section as it will make me feel better)and this must be a feeling for the majority of Championship fans? Well that is unless you support one of the bigger, more wealthy, Championship sides.
Nosworthy has dropped down to the Championship and looked at home. He is versatile and can be deployed at right-back or centre-back where he has played for the Hornets since he arrived, he is also an athlete and a competitor and the fact he can’t really pass will be masked in a league that has less emphasis on pretty football and more emphasis on physical presence and direct football. Fair play to Nosworthy, he must have taken a pretty hefty pay-cut to come to Watford, but it is refreshing to see that it is game-time that matters in your latter career, opposed to money…I am probably just another hopeless romantic.
So far so good for Watford then, we have made a good signing, will hopefully get a couple more and have been lucky enough to hang on Marvin Sordell, our prized asset. Rumours have died down about interest in Sordell, but with Championship clubs like Leicester and West Ham being linked with strikers like they are a dying breed, it cannot be long before the rumours resurface – a couple of goals will see to that.
I spoke about my frustration before over the transfer window, how unglamorous it is for fans who follow teams with no money, it sucks! A team similar to Watford are Millwall in the fact that they are scraping around the loan and free transfer market (if they can afford the wages) to get players that will improve them. It is tough as there is no point bringing in a player that won’t have an impact, but at the same time you have to see if there is a nearly man out there, someone your club can pick up and bring to life under the guise of your manager. I have read how Kenny Jackett missed out on Jason Puncheon, has had a loan bid for Barnsley striker Danny Haynes gazumped after a cash offer from their rivals Charlton. It is dog-eat-dog out there and so far I am living off one meal as a fan, imagine the frustrations of a manger.
As I said, I live in the transfer matrix throughout January, living off others excitement (mainly my mates) other than my own, so let’s take a look what else is going on. The Tevez talk rumbles on and it seems that AC Milan look to have their man, but it seems to be coming at a high price as rumours are rife they have to sell Pato, either now or in the summer, to finance the purchase of Tevez. I doubt he will move until summer, but the rumours about his future make me cast my mind back to the speculation that surrounded Shevchenko for so long. Pato has 60 goals in 138 games for Milan and is only 22-years-old, so it seems crazy to let him go, but you know what Tevez will bring. Maybe they can play together, it could be good, well at least when playing Fifa12.
An interesting rumour that has resurfaced is that of Eden Hazard impending move to whoever! The list seems to be so long for the best thing out of Belgium since Enzo Scifo, that I cannot recall who even wants him other than generalising it to every top club in the world. In England it will no doubt be Man Citeh and Chelski that will be leading the race for the talented wide-man, £40million seems to be the going rate – not bad when you consider how much Ronaldo cost Real. Not sure I can see this one happening just yet, no doubt in the summer and if a club is savvy enough to agree a first refusal, they could bide their time a bit more. I did hear a rumour that Arsenal had first refusal and their interest was known, but nothing has so far materialised and the ongoing speculation linking him elsewhere leads me to think otherwise.
Other talk centre’s unsurprisingly around domestic transfers, they are a good idea if a player needs to hit the ground running and not need ‘time’ to adjust. Blackburn’s Chris Samba has been linked with a move, but it is going to take a strong player-power to make that move happen, you can bet your bottom dollar that Kean won’t want to sell. QPR are reportedly one of his suitors with the Mark Hughes link and he would be a massive (literally) signing for them…much better than Macheda who must be a little uncertain of his role at the club in the wake of Neil Warnock’s departure.
There have been a lot of striker names doing the rounds; Doncaster’s Billy Sharp, Fleetwood Town’s Jamie Vardy and Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard are the current players who seem to be getting more regular column inches than the ‘stars’ of TOWIE. I was surprised to see Premier League interest in these players, don’t think they have the mentality or attributes to make the step up, but what do I know, I can only go off Championship Manager ratings and when I have seen them play. They are a bunch that seem more like Leicester, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich or West Ham type players – the kind of striker that has the potential and stats in the Championship, but like David Nugent, can’t cut the mustard in the Premier League. In saying that, everyone deserves a crack of the whip! Anyway I have gone on far too long, so it’s off to read the Watford Observer website to see if I missed any Watford gossip in the hour it took me to write this post! I hope you enjoyed it, I am sure plenty will happen between now and next week.