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One in, but how many out?

No news on Guy Luzon’s work permit, but there was a new player at Sparrows Lane today.

Milos Veljkovic signed on loan until the end of the season from Tottenham.

A 19-year old defensive midfielder, who can also play at centre-half, Veljkovic was on loan at Middlesbrough and although he only made 4 appearances Boro manager, Aitor Karanka, who can spot a young talent, was very complimentary.

Arsenal’s Francis Colequin was never replaced, so Veljkovic should fill that void, although some think the Serbian may well replace an unsettled Tal Ben Haim.

It is disconcerting that anyone would hire a manager knowing that he doesn’t get on with at least three of the existing players, two of whom have played a combination of 49 games for us this season and whilst the addition of an unexperienced 19-year old is welcome, his arrival is only constructive if Luzon is able to have a handful of additional players to pick from before the transfer window expires.

On the contrary though, as most of the talk is of players leaving. Not only Ben Haim, but Frederic Bulot, in Equatorial Guinea currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty, and George Țucudean.

Țucudean has been a misfit since he arrived, and although I see a player in there somewhere, the jury is out, a lot out to be fair, that he can either do it at this level or can be bothered.

Steaua Bucharest plan to sign the Romanian, who was on loan at Steaua’s rivals Dinamo from Standard when we inherited him. The Romanian league leaders then plan to make it a permanent transfer in the summer.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. charltonlane #

    Veljkovic has a handful of first-team starts to his career. We are taking a massive risk if he is expected to play centre-half.

    January 21, 2015
  2. ken from bexley #

    Not really the answer is he……..
    We let a decent player go to Birmingham on a free….. and get this person in who may or may not be capable of playing for the first team. If he was that good why did he not get a place at boro?. Hardly busting a gut to get players in by deadline day why we plunge down the league are we?. Still KM is going on a charm offensive at Bromley, if of course she is still in charge down there by then?…… and we are not in the bottom 3-4.

    January 21, 2015
    • Hey Ken, look on the bright side of life and all that 🙂

      January 21, 2015
  3. Ketts #

    Buyens is another who was less than enthused about Luzon in his Standard Liege days CA,

    January 21, 2015
    • I know Ketts. Think his days might be numbered as well.

      January 21, 2015
  4. Mick #

    Buyens isnt up to Championship standard, no pun intended. He flaters to deceive. Why cant we get Poyet back on loan? Tucudean will never cut the mustard either. Gonna be a long 2nd half of the season 😦

    January 21, 2015
  5. LP #

    If the players are unhappy about the new Head Coach, and were also unhappy about the last one, then whilst neither are in charge this is surely their chance to show it and at least play like they care on Saturday – come on boys – show a bit of professionalism and pride. The fans still care – very much. I really hope all the rumours about our best players leaving because they cannot stand this man are just that, rumours and hysteria. But if they are true then it is hugely disappointing – lucky for them they can pick and choose who they work for and still earn good money.

    January 21, 2015
  6. Martin Cowan #

    I can’t see us getting anything on Saturday – let’s hope it’s not another trouncing. What’s going on – and the silence from the club on the small matter of new head coach/manager – beggars belief.

    January 21, 2015

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