By Mike Courtney
I knew it would come, I had been waiting for it since the closing of the transfer window was imminent. I thought I'd see it bandied about before the QPR game after Ross signed his new contract, but I didn't see it anywhere. Maybe I was reading the wrong papers or visiting the wrong websites. But low and behold there it is screaming out at me today from all the weblogs and papers.
What am I talking about you me well ask. Well it's that well worn phrase that clubs use when they fail to appease the fans by adding much needed new fresh blood to the squad. It often comes when a player signs a new deal or returns from injury and it is the latter that it refers to today. Yes the impending return to the first team squad of Sam Byram is being hailed by BMac as "Like a NEW signing". Well actually Brian, though you often speak a lot of sense, more than most managers we've had of late, the return of Sam is not like a new signing. He is a player we have had on our books all along and the fact is he has only missed 6 or 7 competitive first team games. Yes his return is welcome and he will add a bit of attacking flair down the right flank when he does return to the team but to use the old cliche "like a new signing" is not going to cut it with the faithful.
Since before the season started we have been crying out for pace and creativity out wide and in midfield. Another centre half wouldn't go astray either. But the transfer window frenzy bypassed Elland Road once again and we now with 3 days already elapsed in the loan window there is still nothing happening down around Thorpe Arch. Now I appreciate that a lot of work is done behind the scenes and us fans aren't privy to what goes on most of the time, if not all of the time, but we're not fools either. Throwing out well worn cliches like the one today isn't going to fill the void that is plain to see in the squad. We are crying out for a proven goalscorer to take the pressure off Ross (Billy Sharp) and a bit of craft and pace in the flanks (Chris Burke). So I hope the loan window doesn't pass us by because the squad we have at the moment, though decent and hard working, isn't good enough to get out of this division. Hailing the return of an injured player isn't the kind of new signing we fans are looking for.
Welcome back Sam, your return to the starting eleven can't come quick enough, but I hope you're not the only "New Signing" we are talking about before the end of the month.
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