Signings No.4, 5 & 6 – Where’s the Ambition?!
What on earth is going on at Swindon Town? This isn’t the same backward, unambitious, poorly managed club I know, support and love. I’m having to pinch myself every time we make a new signing, alright so I guess they’re not world class signings, but it just keeps on getting better and better.
What possessed Wilson & Co. to bring in a bunch of apparently quality players?
First up came Michael Rose, who at first glance looks like one of our best left backs in recent years. Rose has the experience of success in League One following spending the second half of last season at Norwich City.
Next in was David Prutton. A former England u21 international and Premier League player, albeit someone who has found himself drop into ‘lower league’ football in recent years. Prutton is a strong character and certainly has already shown he is willing to boss the midfield and provide some all-important link play with the forwards.
Then third in came David Ball on loan from Manchester City. In his many pre season performances, mostly on the left wing, he has certainly looked the business and should hopefully fill the boots of Danny Ward.
Fourth was the combined signing on Monday of Simon Ferry and Paul Caddis for £350,000 from Glasgow Celtic. A young pair who could honestly grace a pitch at a higher level, particularly Caddis, whom many Hoops fans are bemused by his drop to the third tier of English football. Town potentially committing to spending £600,000 on two players at once, this hasn’t been heard of since the 1990s.
Now our fifth and perhaps most crucial signing sees experienced Togolese international forward Thomas Dossevi join Town on a free transfer. After a long career in the French top divisions Dossevi is a complete forward who will certainly be a big player in League One. Support for Austin is definitely what the doctor ordered and Dossevi fits the bill. I’m starting to feel a bit for his poor compatriot Vincent Pericard, who may have thought his opportunity had arrived after Billy Paynter took the money at Leeds United, but will have to continue spending Saturday afternoons warming the new dugouts at the County Ground.
When is this going to stop! I can’t take any more!
Where is the mundane? Where is the next Casal? the next Blair Sturrock? what about the next Ricky Shakes? Come on Town, we’re meant to be aiming for a top 6 finish and hopefully promotion…where’s the ambition!? 😉