Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Wednesday January 5 2011
Day five of the transfer window and no movement yet from the Seasiders - are we going to see a repeat of August where we brought in a host of players at the last possible moment? Not if Ian Holloway has anything to do with it.
The 'Pool manager has handed chairman Karl Oyston an extensive list of targets, the majority of which are attacking ones.
Speaking in his column in The Independent at the weekend, Holloway said:
'We won't be doing loads of business but I have had a chat with my chairman Karl Oyston about what we might need. My priority is strikers because I had 12 of them stacked up last year and that extra firepower was the reason we got promoted.
'The way we play - going for goals - means I will do the same again.'
Of course having twelve forwards stacked this time around may be impossible because of the 25 man Premier League squad rule, but nevertheless the Seasiders certainly do need more options up top as their inability to take key chances infront of goal and the fact that Brett Ormerod and Jason Euell were their only attacking options on the bench illustrate.
Surprisingly, according to Ollie, it appears that chairman Karl Oyston is on the same page for once and determined to strengthen the squad (albeit without forking out too much money of course) - perhaps his eyes have lit up at the prospect of cashing even more £££ if the 'Pool stay up?
Speaking in today's Blackpool Gazette, Ollie said:
'The chairman is full of new year zest and is ready to go.
'I didn't really have my list early enough for him because he wanted to get it all done three days ago.
'He will be pestering everybody. I won't have a chance to ring their managers because he is already ringing the people above them offering them some of his wedge, which is quite unusual.
Compare the above to the manager's comments a few days ago and you're left wondering if Oyston had a Scrooge epiphany at Christmas:
'I have met with the chairman and given him some targets.
'The response I anticipate is a two-letter word, not a three-letter word. Maybe there will be a few four-letter words thrown in as well!'
We just hope that Mr Oyston is offering a reasonable amount for players and not trying to do everything on a shoestring as with the run of games we have this month, the sooner we bring players in and gel them into our system, the better.
According to today's Gazette, one player who might be arriving at Bloomfield Road very shortly is Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The forward has impressed in League One this season and Ollie is convinced the 25 year old has yet to fulfil his potential.
It is likely he'd be pretty cheap as well; Plymouth are hard-up at the moment and being forced to accept a pittance for players in order to pay off the bills.
However, The Gazette also state that it is unlikely that Barnsley's Adam Hammill will be following BWP to the seaside due to his wage demands.
Nevertheless, the Seasiders continue to be linked with attacking players - Watford's Don Cowie being mentioned in several quarters.
There is of course also the option of bringing player(s) in on loan - both Arsenal's Carlos Vela and Man United's Federico Macheda are available on loan.
Whatever happens, it promises to be yet another interesting transfer window at Bloomfield Road and as always, Vital will have all the news for you as it happens.
Date:Wednesday January 5 2011
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