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Thursday, 25 March 2010

New signings : The lowdown


Sanchez Watt-

Young winger signed on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season. Only 19 years old, but already being mentioned as one for the future by Arsenal fans due to his blistering pace and intelligent style of play. Matches Robert Snodgrass, in that Barcelona once looked at him, hoping to sign him. Could hopefully be the player we were looking for, fast, strong, skillful, all things needed at this level. Made his debut for Arsenal reserves aged 15, has been at the club since 1998, after signing from Senrab F.C, who produced Lee Bowyer, Sol Campbell, Jermaine Defoe, John Terry and many more. Had a loan spell this year at Southend, playing only 4 games with 0 goals. Has featured in Arsenal's Carling Cup games, earning first team experience. Mainly plays as a left winger, so could be used from the start or the last 15 minutes to inject pace to the attack. Think Kilkenny with pace.

Shane Lowry-
Australian left back that returns from Aston Villa, after an unimpressive loan spell for 90 days with us. Chinned by some Carlisle inbred in the JPT Northern Paint Pot final away game, will provide good cover at the back. Good option to have to replace the injured Ben Parker, who is slowly coming back.

Neill Collins-
Surely Collins, a loan signing from Preston, will only be here to provide cover for the sadly injured Patrick Kisnorbo. Can play as a centre back, but also slightly familiar with the right back role from his Sunderland days. Has featured only 5 times for Preston this season, scoring 1 goal, good aerial threat apparently. Stands at 6ft 3in, so will add the height and prowess that Paddy did, until his injury. On the outlook, not too bad a signing from Grayson, but time will tell.


Andy Robinson-
It was only a case of when and where with Robinson after 1 and a half disappointing seasons with us. Robinson signed from Swansea in 2008, hoping to spearhead our promotion push that season. Fans were excited, nobody could really blame them, Robinson looked just what we needed. The final piece in the jigsaw. But the first season at Elland Road for Robinson was one full of opportunities, but not opportunities that he took. Was resigned to the bench after a lacklustre first season, leaving many fans disappointed. Robinson vowed to be slimmer and fitter for the following season, many of us believed him. He told us that he wanted to be a part of history at this club and at York away in pre-season, we kind of believed him. But then, the form of the previous season had hit and Robinson was resigned once again, this time to the reserves. His alleged 12k a week wage will not be missed, but how much of that Tranmere will pay is debatable.

Liam Darville-
19 year old Liam Darville was the other player to depart, leaving for Rotherham until the end of the season. What will be made of Darville is unknown and maybe this loan spell could decide his future. Darville has been a reserves veteran, not being able to get a look in near the first team yet, but as with Watt, time will tell. The system is there to use for Grayson and maybe a useful resource in the near future.

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  1. Sorry guys, Sanchez Watt was pretty dreadful when at Southend. Completely uninspiring, didn't see any of his blistering pace and was totally bullied off the ball. Got injured, went home.

    Hope he can do the biz for you guys, but didn't do it for the Shrimpers.

  2. Sanchez could be really hit or miss I suppose. Didn't do it at Southend (unlike Somma at Lincoln has!!), but perhaps with service from Killer & Howson could prove to be a proper outlet on the left (allowing McSheffrey to play up front where he belongs...especially if Beckford is out).

    As you say, time will tell with these new guys.....not that we have much time to save our season!!

  3. If these 3 loan signings can make an impression then they will be the first grayson has brought in,his transfer dealings have been dismal to say the least?Tactically were inept with one mode only (the long ball).There has to be big changes to the team that displayed a complete lack of commitment and desire on monday night?For starters out go doyle,Bromby,johnstne,casper,bechio and bring in higgs,killa,collins,kandol,and watt.As for saturday i reckon we get a fully deserved point.MOT. Geoff. N.ireland.

  4. Grayson has yet to sort the one main issue we have, which is the centre of midfield. almost every game that is where we lose it. Doyle, i have no idea what he does, Howson and Kilkenny are both too inconsistent. it's all well and good bringing wingers in, but Ephrem, Gradel, McSheffrey et al have added nothing. time would be better spent getting Snodgrass to learn how to cross the ball instead of trying to beat his man 3 times first.

    Strikers cannot be blamed, we are not creating any chances for them. Playing Dickov when Grella was fit is Graysons biggest joke all season, I don't know what he has against Grella but he should get over it.

    Higgs should come back in as Casper has reverted to his usual self, although i think that is more due to the lack of Paddy stopping anything getting near him.

    Just one to the lad before, you complain about long ball then say we should play Kandol. Long ball is his game mate, that was how we played under Wise when he was doing well with Beckford. I have no idea why people are all of a sudden against Becchio, i assume it is the same people who used to moan about Viduka. Just watch how he plays (assuming you actually go to matches), it's not all about goals.

    Bradley Johnson was useless against Milwall and should have been put at left back so aidy white could have a run at them up the wing instead of being wasted again.

    If Watt was poor at Southend i don't see the point in getting him. I think it's desperation time now for Larry, which is sad as i still think he can be the best manager we have had in years.


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