Manager Paul Lambert insisted in the close season that the loan market was counter-productive. Sadly, two of the five new incumbents are exactly that. Only James Norwood of Tranmere Rovers has actually cost a fee, as Tomas Holy was on a Bosman from Gillingham and we got Adam Przybek on another freebie from West Bromwich Albion.
Today we discovered that keeper Will Norris will be joining us on a season-long loan from Premiership club Wolverhampton Wanderers, as Bartosz Bialkowski goes to Millwall in yet another loan deal for the whole campaign. Interestingly too, perhaps, is that goalkeepers are in the majority so far this season! I suspect though that 19-year-old Przybek will be content to ply his trade with the under 23 team, as he is still only nineteen.
Now then, I do have sympathy for Lambert because this is not the way he wanted things to pan out. On the contrary, when he recruited leading scorer Norwood as his first recruit, it seemed as if he would be true to his word and refrain from loaning players but the wheeling and dealing in the transfer market when you have so little dosh in the kitty makes for a hard sell and of course, he is now coming to terms with the Evans factor!
There is much talk today that Millwall striker Tom Elliott is set to move to Portman Road and has even taken a medical. The 28-year-old has had his fair share of injuries though and is currently out of action with a hamstring tear and even if he does join, it will be only on loan again. Under the circumstances, perhaps this particular loan deal is a much sounder investment because, with our chronic injury list – which is almost half the size of our squad, the last thing we need is to be tied down to a fee and a long contract. Occasionally loan deals do make sense.
Oh well, at least we have the fully contracted Alan Judge – whether he likes it or not these days, and it seems as if the last place that Andre Dozzell would be willing to go is to Norwich. And we cannot blame him for that!
F.W. – editor of Vital Ipswich