Neil Warnock has admitted that the club will look to make signings early in the transfer window, given the fact that a number of first team players will be leaving the squad in January for the African and Asian Cup respectively.
Thanks to his first two international goals last week, Yannick Bolasie’s DR Congo have managed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations, whilst club and Australian International captain Mile Jedinak will be jetting off for the Asian Cup during the same month.
Mindful of the loss of key squad members for a prolonged spell, Warnock and the board seemingly already have plans in place.
We have been looking for months really. We are going to try to improve the squad early. I don’t want to leave it until the last minute of the deadline. We’d like to get someone in the first week of January if possible.”
“These competitions are quite ridiculously planned. Jedinak goes all over the globe as captain of Australia. He’s the shining light there.
“I don’t want to lose players like him and it’s not an easy time to get good players in, but we just have to get on with it.
“The top clubs (like Liverpool) have 25 internationals, basically, so it’s easier for them to fill the gaps.
“But for us between now and January, eight games, is probably going to be our most difficult period because we can’t bring anybody in. So all we can do is the best we can.”
With a potential takeover still being discussed, we may find ourselves in a situation which allows a far greater transfer budget than we were first anticipating, but as of yet, it’s probably wise not to hold your breath on that front.
Ideally, the club’s scouts have already agreed our key transfer targets with the management staff, allowing us to move quickly once the transfer window opens, making for the most minimal form of disruption possible for the squad, in what is shaping up to be an incredibly month at the start of 2015.
Of course, these things seldom go to plan, but for now, we can all at least hope that we manage to sign one or two of our main priority players before the final week of the window begins, at which point, all hell usually begins to break loose.
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