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Just now, philipl said:

So only four clubs have net transfer expenditure.

Looking at those lists, supporters of at least ten clubs should be on suicide watch judging by the intemperate reactions on this thread. 

Looking through, you could argue that only the following clubs have properly strengthened so far. 3 weeks to go. Still plenty of time. 

Bristol City, Brentford, Forest, Stoke & Millwall.

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Ridiculous. What is all this stuff about? “I bet we get someone on loan!!” So what? Villa got Mings and Tuanzebe on loan last season!? 

We need defender who are better than what we’ve got and an experienced keeper who is better than Raya right now. None of these should price too difficult to achieve before the window shuts. I don’t care whether we spend £10m, loan them or get them on a free. The spend is largely irrelevant because none of us foot the bill. The only thing that matters is we get the players above.

Ive given up arguing with people on here. I cannot relate at all with those who talk about relegation etc. The same people banging on about Brentford who are basically whoring out every single asset they have and with supposedly the perfect business model bought David Raya - a keeper who we’ve all watched for two seasons and know unequivocally isn’t great. 

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1 minute ago, tugay5 said:

Wow I cannot believe some of the meltdowns some people are having on heat. Talk of relegation , dack needing to hand in a transfer because of Mowbray ! Wow I know everyone is entitled to there opinion but it seems so over the top.

In fairness before we launch into the usual hyperbole there's only been one person talking about Dack handing in a transfer request and I've maybe seen 2 or 3 posters max seriously talking about relegation at this point. 

I don't see meltdowns, only concern that attention isn't seemingly being focused on the areas we need to focus on the most (GK & defence). We have to hope the club is just keeping its cards close to its chest and we already have deals in the works for these positions. Mowbray's comments on the defence are alarming but it wouldn't be the first time a manager says one thing whilst doing another. 

I don't see the window as a disaster yet, just underwhelming which is fairly standard in the past 9 seasons or so. If we sign a solid keeper, a good centre back and a useful full back (on either side) then I think that would be a decent window. GK/CB only would be adequete but I think our full backs would become a massive achilles heel for us over the season. No CB would be poor, no new GK would undoubtedly be a disaster but there's no way we're going into the season with Leutwiler and Fisher as no1/no2. That would be incompetence beyond any previous levels imo.

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3 hours ago, Leonard Venkhater said:

So Humpty Dumpty has two things in common with Steve Kean!

3, he'd fucking cracked as well.

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Well, I'm pleased he's signing. For me he's vying with Graham for the No 9 position. Given some of the crazy transfer fees flying around £5m isn't bad at all.

A keeper and a couple of proper defenders and that'll do me.

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Just now, roverandout said:

What a joke

Give it a rest... you're like the grim reaper of the message board. 

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Greatly underwhelmed by the (now very likely) prospect of Gallagher joining, and wonder how we will accommodate him along with Graham and Dack, and to blood Brereton in his correct position. Nuttall is certainly going to have to leave.

I just hope we announce a credible goalkeeper at the same time but the idea of Gallagher, Adam and Hart does nothing for me and is not going to generate much in the way of extra season ticket sales.

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Just now, roverandout said:

What a joke

I thought jokes were funny?

Personally think it's a good signing.

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Just now, yeti-dog said:

A keeper and a couple of proper defenders and that'll do me.

How many years have we all been saying that for?

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Just now, Ewood Ace said:

How many years have we all been saying that for?

About 6 months.

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If we can get some quality loans for defense and pick up an experience keeper then for me that decides if the window is good.

Whilst I like Gallagher he is a luxury purchase,

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Just now, Mike E said:

I thought jokes were funny?

Personally think it's a good signing.

I’d rather we put £5m towards and keeper and defender and make do with our existing strikers.

Our glaring problem is conceding goals not scoring them.

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So, it looks as though Gallagher is nearly over the line. I will be pleased with that signing as I think he's in a very similar mould to Graham and is his natural successor. He's not someone who has the wow factor, but nonetheless a pretty good signing for 5m in today's market and he knows the club and the players fairly well so he can hopefully hit the ground running. I would say our forward thinking players have the potential to get us in and around the top 6.

The midfield looks decent with Bradley Johnson, Travis, and Davenport (and Buckley looks good too). Think we could do with one more in there and then ship out both Evans and Smallwood.

The defence requires major surgery still, no question about that. Our defensive line up is probably bottom 6, so we need 3 or 4 new faces back there (GK, LB, two CHs). I'm not panicking yet as there is still plenty of time to reinforce our defence (and I think we will), but I will be concerned if no major additions are made to the backline by the time the widow closes.

 

  

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Just now, Ewood Ace said:

How many years have we all been saying that for?

A keeper since Robinsons days and CBs since Hanley and Duffy fled the scene, well I have at least.

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I'm fine with Gallagher if the reported £5m in fee is inclusive of add-ons (don't think we should be paying any more than £3m base) and it has no impact on signing goalkeeping and defensive reinforcements. Although granted the second part may be true simply because Venky's aren't willing to put any significant money into those positions anyway.

One has to assume Gallagher will come in as one of our higher earners. One has to assume he'll be a starter but at the same time you also have to assume Graham will be first choice unless injured or rested, which probably makes Gallagher's position right wing. 

Gallagher - Dack - Rothwell across the middle potentially? Although with that said I'd be surprised if Downing came here to be a bench player, and you've also got Armstrong who Mowbray seems to like a lot. 

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Just now, Stuart said:

I’d rather we put £5m towards and keeper and defender and make do with our existing strikers.

Our glaring problem is conceding goals not scoring them.

Well we can always score more 😁 take your point though 

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Just now, DE. said:

I'm fine with Gallagher if the reported £5m in fee is inclusive of add-ons (don't think we should be paying any more than £3m base) and it has no impact on signing goalkeeping and defensive reinforcements. Although granted the second part may be true simply because Venky's aren't willing to put any significant money into those positions anyway.

One has to assume Gallagher will come in as one of our higher earners. One has to assume he'll be a starter but at the same time you also have to assume Graham will be first choice unless injured or rested, which probably makes Gallagher's position right wing. 

Gallagher - Dack - Rothwell across the middle potentially? Although with that said I'd be surprised if Downing came here to be a bench player, and you've also got Armstrong who Mowbray seems to like a lot. 

Going to be some competition for those places 

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I personally get a bit fed up folk saying "he's not like Danny Graham", Danny Graham wasn't like the Danny Graham of today until he hit his thirties!

The long term goal to me looks like a Gallagher/Brereton partnership to be firmly in  place for the start of the 20/21 season as neither Graham or Dack will be here then I presume. With Armstrong/Rothwell/Chapman and hopefully by then Butterworth either side of them it's good long term planning in the forward areas.

Just a shame the defence doesn't get the same attention.

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I'd like to see someone like Dan Schwaab come in at centre back.

30/31, 6ft1, free agent, relatively regular player for Freiburg, Leverkusen, Stuttgart, and PSV through his career.

Not stellar, but strikes me as a Craig Short type of steady, strong, unspectacular defender.

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