Closing the window

It’s Friday, so it must be time for the latest blog by BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan.

What a mad week in the wacky world of professional football. Did your eyes water at the amount of money being thrown around in the ‘greed is good’ league? I think the one statistic that remains with me from this crazy few days is this: Manchester United spent more on one player last week than their last opponents Burnley have in their entire history. Madness, and you can’t help but feel that one day this ridiculous bubble will burst. The relentless search for success is ruining our game. Look at the effect on our national team. What we have is a side slipping down the FIFA rankings faster than Usain Bolt. It may be frustrating at times to support a lower league team, but at times it’s nice to keep in touch with reality.

That reality was a pretty decent transfer window for our team. Sad though it is to lose Louis Thompson, it’s great that we get him back for the rest of the season. He’s clearly a player destined for a tremendous career and I can’t think there would be one Town fan who doesn’t wish him well. Jack Stephens will also be back after returning from Southampton. Jack made a great impression last term and he can only get better. We also welcome back Jon Obika. A player who didn’t impress while he was on loan at the County Ground several seasons ago. Hopefully as a fully fledged Robin he can be a useful addition to the strike force.

So what do we make of owner Lee Power’s transfer dealings? Well. I think they’ve been impressive. We know the Swindon Town model has to be financially viable. No point in chasing the dream only for that dream to be shattered by  administration. With a youthful squad playing ‘on the floor’ football we have to be patient. The signs are promising.

It was great to see Rapheal Rossi Branco get his first Town goal last weekend. It was a reward for a player who’s been excellent so far this season. It’ll be interesting to see how the defence lines up at Bradford now that Stephens is back.

No game this weekend for Swindon so a trip to Exeter City is on the cards for me. A trip of six miles makes a change to the usual weekend journey. Still looking forward to the visit to Valley Parade next week though.

Keep it loud, keep it proud, keep it Swindon.

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