Well, its my favorite day that only comes twice a year, deadline day. The most stressful day for managers, players, and agents, who try to push deals over the edge, and agonizing for football fans, who sit glued to the TV and internet checking to see if any new signings are made, or if any players will leave their club.
Doncaster have certainly used this transfer windows as: Harry Forrester, Richie Wellens, Jack McKay, Paul McKay and Rob Jones have all left Doncaster Rovers, while Mackenzie leaves on loan to Notts County. These departures we could probally see most of them coming, due to the fact that Forrester, and Wellens were both,’bench warmers’, for Ferguson’s side, with the McKay twins wanting to play at a higher level, so left for Leeds Uniter, and then Rob Jones, with the surprise termination of both his playing and coaching contract today. One thing for sure, is that they will have definitely made some free space for wages, which I can see going towards our summer funds.
Some fans are quite annoyed that we’ve only completed loan signings, other than Alcock, since Ferguson’s arrival, however I think that Ferguson is trying to stabilize us for this season, and get us a bit of momentum, and I think that he is going to have a massive, busy summer ahead, we all hope anyway, with lots of big permanent signings coming into our club, and some much needed departures.
During this window, we signed Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch, and from what I’ve seen seems to be really good, but I think we need to extend his loan, just like Grant’s, to the end of the season, and I think he’ll be a massive game changer for us. I hope that in a few weeks I can say the same for Lecygen, but I haven’t seen enough of him to judge whether he is a good signing or not, but only time will tell, I guess!
Ferguson’s first permanate signing was Alcock, and he has been a vital player at the back along with Evina in my opinion, and I think he will be great for Mitchell Lund, and will play a pivotal part in the youngsters development, and like I said Alcock and Evina have been the most consistent of the back five so far, and I hope that this will continue, also I hope that with Butler returning from injury will improve the back five, and add some confidence back to our defense, which I think we seem to be slowly losing.
Finally, today, on deadline day, we signed goalkeeper Chris Neal on a months loan from Port Vale, which I fully understand, due to the absence of first choice goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann it makes sense to bring another keeper in. I liked what Ferguson has said in his interview when he has said, “We’ll weigh up whether to go with Chris or Marko”, because I do think Marosi deserves a chance to have a full 90 minuet match, however it might be safe bet against the likes of Tom Bradshaw that we do go with Neal, but I do have high hopes for Marosi, and think he could be become a solid number one, one day whether it is for us, or another team.
Next up Doncaster will face in-form Walsall, with the return of former Doncaster Rovers manager, and dare I say ledgend, Sean O’Driscoll at the Keepmoat as Ferguson will be looking for a response from last Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Port Vale.
“We’ll weigh up whether to go with Chris or Marko” – Darren Ferguson 01/02/2016