Drum roll…. Roger Johnson!
No new deadline beating signings down at The Valley, oh no, not even a washed up old network jolly that no one else wants.
Who knows what Roly promised Guy Luzon, except for a job at a future date at Újpest, but Luzon said on Saturday that he was anticipating on bringing in two more players, yet we know he has as much clout as Harvey the mascot.
The club stated in September that they would add to the squad if we were still in the play-off race in January. In fact, because of the paper thin quality of the squad, and poor management decisions, we are now in a relegation battle. Meire and Duchatelet have had at least since New Year’s Day to work on additions and what have we got.
We did add a much needed striker in Tony Watt, but he’s yet to start a game, is on his 4th head coach this season and falls into the network misfit category and Luzon prefers to play a winger upfront instead. In the meantime Joe Pigott and George Tucudean joined Reza and Polish Pete out on loan.
We have signed two goalkeepers, Etheridge and Dmitrović, with Nick Pope and Dillon Phillips going out on loan, but now no.1 (he better be no.1) Stephen Henderson is fit to return. We lost the excellent Francis Coquelin, and replaced him with Milos Veljkovic, who sounds efficient and tidy, but has never scored a goal, other than at U18 level.
The big unveiling was of Christophe Lepoint, an exotic name, but he is about as fit as me, and by all accounts on Saturday rivalled Mike Small and Djimi Traore in the worst ever debut category. To be fair it was for only 10 minutes.
Oguchi Onyewu signed until the end of the season, and in the one game he was due to start he got injured in the warm up, and we sold probably the best central defender the club has had in recent history, Michael Morrison for, er, nothing!
We have been crying out for a target man, a creative midfielder and a left winger, not necessary a centre-half as we have four on the books plus Terrell Thomas. Oh, and we sold Michael Morrison, because he was surplus to requirements.
So, who we do sign? A centre-half who has been training with Wolves youth team, after being frozen out by the respected Kenny Jackett, and who last started a first team game over a year ago.
You don’t need to scout a player like Johnson, apparently on 20k a week at Wolves, he is one of the most touted around players in English football.
He might be alright, he brings experience, unfit experience, but why do we need him? And where are the players that Luzon desperately requires to give himself any chance whatsoever?
Nothing from the club of course, but a couple of the local journo’s picked up on the story quite early that we were going to do no business today, but expected to sign a free agent tomorrow. That free agent is meant to be Roger Johnson, who had his contract cancelled by Wolves this evening.
Frankly another depressing day, and for me one where Roland Duchatelet has drawn a line in the sand. He might not tell us anything, but he told me all I needed to know today.