Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Thursday January 7 2010
With central defensive options stretched to say the least for Saturday's trip to Cardiff, Ian Holloway dipped into the transfer market today to sign Huddersfield central defender Andy Butler on loan until the end of the season.
Butler battled through the snow this morning to put pen to paper, and met his new team mates at training this morning.
Speaking to the official club website about the move, Butler said:
'I'm really happy with the move. It's a weird one because I've gone a step up, but it's something I'm hoping to thrive on. It looks a good club and I'm happy to be here.'
The move for Butler is a surprising one all told, but 'Pool manager Ian Holloway has already gone on record stating just how highly he rates the player and that he's tried to sign him on a few occasions in the past. He also fits Ollie's desire for a left footed centre half.
Furthermore, the more I think about it, the more the move makes sense. Yes, we need a centre back, but when Evatt and Edwards return from suspension, Butler may well find himself as fourth choice centre back; surely in such circumstances it's better to bring someone in just on loan, someone who's hardly going to cost the earth in terms of wages, leaving Ollie with more money to play with this transfer window for positions that are perhaps more pressing (e.g. striker). Add to the equation that Butler's got everything to prove to both us and Huddersfield, today's deal could well prove to be a canny bit of business.
However, despite Ollie's known liking for big, strong and powerful centre backs such as Butler, the player may well have to adapt his game to fit in with the Seasiders style of play. If Ollie expects Ian Evatt to pass the ball out from the back (something that he has become quite accomplished at), he will expect the same from Butler, who describes himself as a 'no nonsense' centre half:
'I'm kind of an old-fashioned defender who likes to head it and clear it, but if needs be I can play football as well,' he told the official website.
Butler goes straight into the squad for Saturday's match (alongside the recalled Ash Eastham), where he is expected to make his debut at the heart of the defence alongside Alex Baptiste.
Speaking about Saturday's game, Butler said:
'Obviously two of the lads are suspended after getting sent off against Ipswich so I could be thrown straight into the lion's den at Cardiff. It's going to be a tough game but it's one that we're relishing.'
Butler's parent club Huddersfield have also spoken about the deal, with their manager Lee Clark telling the Huddersfield official site:
'Andy wants to go and play and he's moving up a League - he's obviously frustrated that he's not in the starting eleven at the moment, so the deal suits everybody.'
Blackpool have a good recent track record with signings from Huddersfield; let's hope that Andy follows in the footsteps of the likes of Paul Rachubka and Gary Taylor-Fletcher!
Date:Thursday January 7 2010
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