The only move to comment on so far, is the one regarding George Hirst. He looks likely to join Ipswich on loan for the rest of the season, being seen at Portman Road for the 4-1 FA Cup win vs. Fleetwood. His time at Blackburn was cut short and now the likely move is to return to League One action.
Rumours are seen regarding certain players, but still no movement. A number of situations needs to be sorted as we all know moving on in January can be problematic. Many changes looks very unlikely.
The key question to ask is of course, who are leaving the club in January, and will players running out of contract be possible to push out, with little or no time to bring many players in, and of course those available are they good enough.
You have seen links to a great number of players, but with a reality check, none of them are likely to push any player out of a first eleven at Leicester. Jeremie Boga, currently struggling to get a place in the Atalanta team is seen as a target, but do not believe he is better than any of the alterantives at the club at present, so why bother about getting him in.
Harry Soutter is seen today as another possible target, playing well in the World Cup, but still part of a Stoke team struggling for their life in Championship football. He also have a difficult record regarding injuries, and looking at it perspective, Jannik Vestergaard is a much more proven player and did extremely well in the Euro’s for Denmark just a year back, so to pay £25million for Soutter, might not be the best solution.
Daniel Iversen is on a running contract until the summer of 2025, to see him moving out, would be a shame. He is a good goalkeeper and during his loan time at Preston, fought his way into the Danish national team squad, yesterday again keeping a clean sheet as his Premier League debut should soon be in place.
The players on contracts that expires in the summer are likely to see out their deals. With the injury sitution at present it will look like hazard to let anyone leave. This is a careful act, and from the clubs point of view, difficult.
The grim scenario is to see big money signings such as Caglar Soyuncu, Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans being possible free agents, and not receiving a penny in compensation. The problem to sell in January is also difficult as they all are top quality and needed towards the end of the season.
Perez, Soyuncu and Tielemans do attract huge interest, and from the top clubs in Europe, seen linked with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and several other top teams, so to believe that you have the ideal replacements at Stoke, Angers and Lorinet, doesn’t look very promising and almost foolish. Players coming from clubs a bit below in standard needs a bit of time to bring the quality they might have into the frame.
This is why Brendan Rodgers needs to do more than to “try very hard”, as his possible way out of problems cannot be done in this January transfer window with a number of risky moves and splashing out cash if you are not totally certain. Yesterday both Lewis Brunt and Kasey McAteer were given starts vs. Gillingham and the development squad might be the best place to look for those fringe answers.
In the past we have seen a number of “ugly” transfers taking place, that in real have messed up both team structure and ability to win games, and as we did see with the Bennett’s, Under’s and Lookman’s, not really having the ability to bring the quality to cement a first team place.
We are certainly not in favor of too many changes, and hopefully, as Brendan Rodgers has said in the past, the player must be heavily needed and fit the picture, not just a desperate act to get someone in.
The hardest job in football is to bring your team forward as changes are needed from season to season, making too many moves and upsetting the hierarchy at a club can be very difficult, let’s hope it will work nicely during the January transfer window.
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