CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS & LOSERS
No incomings, but in further dismantling the infamous ‘Group Three’, Kenny Jackett has freed up serious money for the loan window . Jamie O’Hara cancelled his contract, Toulouse signed Tongo Doumbia and Kevin Doyle sealed a deadline day loan move to Crystal Palace, wiping close to £100,000 a week off the wage bill.
The owners were as good as their word, rejecting bids of £10m and £12m to keep hold of star striker Jordan Rhodes. Have to go up now, though.
Steve Evans has bemoaned a lack of goals in recent weeks, and his chairman Tony Stewart has listened, stumping up a club r ecord fee for Oldham striker Jonson Clarke-Harris and Championship veteran Luciano Becchio. No excuses now.
Having started the season with 11 players and four kids, it was obvious Blackpool needed players. Manager Jose Riga asked for four. Chairman Karl Oyston delivered none. The Seasiders are in quicksand.
After a wretched start and struggles in fr ont of goal, a new striker seemed imperative. Instead, the Trotters were left fending off bids for Jermaine Beckford and Mark Davies.
Though Portuguese U21 striker Betinho (described as “quick, strong and technically gifted”, by Bees boss Mark Warburton) is a potentially exciting addition, the loss of talisman Adam Forshaw to Wigan has ripped the heart out of midfield. A big loan signing is, you suspect, first on Warburton’s list.