Near Signing – Town Dismiss Alan Gow’s New Wage Demands

from pafc.co.uk

Is Alan Gow a central defender I hear you cry? No he isn’t. Town were widely regarded by supporters to bring in an experienced centre back to replace the now irreplaceable Gordon Greer. Yet, Alan Gow is a 27 year old Scottish forward, who was released from fellow League One team Plymouth Argyle earlier this summer. Alan made 14 appearances scoring 2 goals in his short stay at Home Park. In February 2010 he was loaned to Hibernian, making 7 appearances.

I was drafting this post expecting to announce Town’s  seventh signing of the summer, however at 3pm this afternoon Town pulled the plug on the deal because Alan demanded a “considerable increase” on his already agreed basic wage.

As usual I always try to get another perspective on all new signings. So here”s what Plymouth Argyle supporter Matt Neil’s thoughts were on Alan’s time in Devon.

“When Alan Gow arrived last summer with a range of new players, there was optimism at Home Park that we could finally get back to the heights Holloway took us. Paul Sturrock said when Gow arrived “Offensively, I am sure he will be an excellent addition to us.” But don’t be fooled by that statement thinking he’s a striker for one second.

When Gow was played up front for us, he disappeared from games completely. His work rate was poor and for him to work in a team, everything had to revolve around him. If we had played him last year in behind the strikers and in front of the midfield, he would’ve been a quality player for us I’m sure about it, but the only quality we saw from him was set pieces.

His first game for us was as a sub vs Cardiff where he scored a penalty in the last minute which led to a start in the next game vs Sheffield Wednesday where he scored a quality free kick. After that though, he only went on to make seven more starts and become ‘home sick’ which is why I was surprised he had joined you.

His only good position is behind the strikers and if he plays on the wing, he can provide quality but you will never see pace like Alan O’Brien’s! Technically, he was the best player I have seen at Home Park since Akos Buzsaky and Peter Halmosi but lacked a few things which frustrated other players and fans.

What he lacks is pace and work rate mainly. You will rarely ever see him chase a ball or actually run, which is a shame as if did both of them, he would be an extremely good player.”

Reading this far from ringing endorsement of Gow, I’m surprised Wilson even considered signing him in the first place. Are we that desperate that we need to sign someone who can’t even bother to work for the team and lacks any pace to create space upfront or on the wings?

Clearly ineffective as a forward, we already have options on the wings with O’Brien, Ball and Bodin on the left as well as McGovern, Caddis and Amankwaah on the right hand side, so I find our attempt to sign Gow baffling.

This whole episode is yet another example of so called player power. Although demanding an increased basic wage after agreeing your remuneration is greedy and pathetic. Do you want to play for the club or not Alan?

Well done to Fitton and the Board for calling the deal off. It could be a blessing in disguise.

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