Ins and Outs

January 1, 2000



Ken Masters’

Web Watch



With the hunger for information, even before it is available, I wonder just what is the future for forms of communication other than the Web?  








JP Kalala who arrived here at the end of January

 Certainly 24 hour news channels on television can be pretty up to date and on the latest information but with the Web on your mobile, and most people not able to sit in front of the television all day and night, it is very difficult for any other form of communication media to keep pace.

Not only the latest news but also for a comprehensive analysis or data list. I could not find any other source for the total January Transfer Window activity other than on Web. I found a good number of sites satisfying the appetite and thirst to know all the ins and outs, literally speaking, and I have to say the good old BBC is working well to keep up; a sort of Windows on the Window with the Beeb playing its full part.


I reported in my last article that the world of football generally seems to want to give the January Window a red card with the strongest opinion on the issue coming from the League Managers Association and the lower leagues as far as I can tell. Having formed that view, I have taken a lengthy look at transactions and activity in January 2011, with the best sources being provided on the Web. The number of players changing clubs in the Premier League, Football League and Conference totalled well over 400. By my count it was 430, but that did include a handful of unattached players being given a chance with new clubs.

I suspect that most of us would think that in the transfer window, officially called, most of the transactions would indeed be transfers with a player leaving one employer for another but my analysis finds to the contrary; not entirely surprising to be honest. Of the 430 player moves, no less than 180 were loan deals; that makes 42% of all the ins and outs. In fact, by my count a little over a quarter (27%) of all moves involved a transfer fee either substantiated, undisclosed or in one case minimal.


The Window opened very slowly with only 10 moves on the first day. One of those early deals did involve a decent fee with Matty Fryatt leaving Leicester for Hull for a reported £1.2m. I thought Fryatt’s striking partnership with Tim Howard was the main reason for Leicester’s quick return to the Championship a couple of seasons ago. His last gasp ‘crisp’ effort grabbed the points for his side when it looked as though we were going to get a result from our first visit to the ‘Walkers’.


It was all very quiet again until the 13th and 14th with nothing of note to report. The 13th and 14th warmed up a little but with no fees being disclosed. Of interest to note was former Rovers striker Nathan Ellington joining Preston on loan from Watford, having returned from Greek football, and Oli Johnson moving form Norwich to Yeovil on loan. A day later saw Aston Villa splash out for Lyon’s Jean Makoun. Activity was still on the low side, but the 17th did see Cian Bolger join us from Leicester City on loan. The 18th to the 22nd saw the busiest period so far with 99 moves taking place. The papers were set alight with Darren Bent moving from Sunderland to Villa for a reported £18m rising to £24m whilst at the other end of the scale non league Eastleigh picked up a very useful 50K from Reading for the services of Brett Williams and Alfreton Town cashed in on Aden Flint; £150,000 to Swindon. This period also saw Dave McCracken come on board, with a loan move from Brentford.

 Things started to really hot up on the 28th with over a quarter of moves on the final day. Rene Howe came in from Peterborough to further boost the Rovers ranks along with Scott Davies from Reading, Charlie Austin got his dream move away from Swindon, with Elliot Benyon joining Town from Torquay, and at non league level Luton paid Cambridge United 50K for Robbie Willmott. The big money was yet to come; Luis Suarez £22.7m to Liverpool, David Luiz £21.3m to Chelsea, Fernando Torres £50m to Chelsea (thought they were losing money and in debt), Andy Carroll £35m to Liverpool (What?).

At our club we were not finished either. Jean-Paul Kalala and Gavin Williams both came in on contracts to the end of the season from neighbouring clubs; we extend a warm Gas welcome to both.

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