Moore wants to keep Thommo…

John Thompson has apparently impressed in his four game loan spell with Tranmere Rovers, prompting Ronnie Moore to tell the press he’d like to certainly extend the utility man’s loan beyond the expiry of the deal on friday.  In the four appearances Thompson has made for the nearly-Scousers they’ve registered four wins – he’s been playing well, and rather uncomplimentarily been referred to as “another body” during the usually busy Christmas period – I’m sure it wasn’t meant that badly!

Thommo is one of those players who I wouldn’t be surprised to see depart the City Ground in January on a permanent move, he doesn’t seem to figure in Colin’s plans, and given his age he’s rapidly running out of time to really make his mark in football – I’d be sorry to see him go, as I can see merit in him still, but I would acknowledge that the time might be right for both himself and us for him to move on and get some regular football – which I’m sure he could do at Tranmere, and get himself a regular position instead of just being used to plug in gaps across midfield or defence.

Certainly I would expect that Forest will allow the loan move to be extended – it makes sense at this stage for both club and player.

Is Grant really going to Bristol?

There’s loads of conflicting opinions on this – but I just found this article which is rather a worry, Sky don’t normally report things until they’re pretty nailed on – so it would seem that Forest are keen to offload our top scorer, so much so that we’ll sell him to a league rival for little more than we paid for him!  If (and it’s still if at this stage) this turns out to be true, then Calderwood has to explain the reasoning behind his decision, because on the surface it’s unfathomable.

Grant Holt was the difference between a draw and a win numerous times at the start of the season, and whilst he’s not particularly impressed me in his recent substitute appearances, I certainly don’t want to see the back of him.  Particularly not to not only a league rival, but a fellow promotion contender – this kind of action could seriously backfire on us – it really could.  If Holt were to sign for Bristol and began to bang the goals in for them then we’d have unwittingly – or wittingly – aided who in my opinion are our biggest promotion rivals.

I’ve heard reports purporting to be from Grant himself saying he doesn’t want to move – so if these rumours are true, then Colin does have some explaining to do, he owes it to us to let us know why he feels he can offload our top scorer when less prolific strikers still apparently in his plans.