Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock…

Last January I kept getting in trouble at work due to sneakily checking the newsfeeds for signs of transfers.  I was incredibly well-versed in every rumour, every supposed bid, every bit of ‘inside knowledge’ that numerous characters on the numerous forums posted.  Frankly, I became completely obsessed – even moreso than usual – with every scrap of information that came from the City Ground, or even outside.

It’s perhaps a sad indictment, or maybe a sign that I’m a bit busier this year, but I haven’t really been checking that much at all.  I try to keep tabs on the rumours where I can, and probably check the news feeds a couple of times a day… but it’s not with that mounting sense of anticipation or excitement, it’s with a growing sense of inevitability that such glances will not yield any news whatsoever.

Is this some kind of conditioning?  Even the reassuring “we must strengthen in January” messages that came from Messrs Arthur and Smoulderwood didn’t really enthuse me, after last January – even given the decent business we did in the summer – I guess subconsciously I’ve utterly refused to allow myself to get remotely excited by the prospect of the mid-season transfer window.

Plenty of folk are getting wound up though, a third of the way into the month – we’ve had a couple of bids on players, Best from Coventry (again!), and Edwards from Luton.  We’ve got a player on trial from non-league in Paul Taylor from Vauxhall Motors – we’ve been linked with all manner of players, Neil Danns (shock, horror!) obviously features again – but the list of players being mentioned on the forums is pretty long – Matty Fryatt, Dougie Imrie, Jason Bradley, Zander Diamond, James Coppinger – even Gregor Rasiak and Marlon Harewood on loan!

The fact that Agogo is away at the African Nations Cup is not new news – and frankly, that alone was reason enough to ensure a striker was secured as soon as possible.  Once Tyson was injured in December, then that became all the more pressing.  Unless Dobie is suddenly going to shock us with a run of goals, or Sinclair has returned from his loan spell suddenly ready for first team action, then we are looking rather thin on options up front.  Well, not thin, as it’s Holt – who’s looking anything but thin!

So I can understand the frustrations many fans are voicing around the web – Leeds have signed plenty of players, perhaps not players I would choose for us – but they’ve shown that they’ve identified targets, and done the groundwork prior to the window to ensure they get players in quick.  We don’t seem ever to do that – we seem to waste time chasing targets who’ve already turned us down, it’s very frustrating.

Therefore I’ve opted to not hunt high and low for that elusive “inside information” that has so far eluded me, I can’t be arsed to sift through the pages of crap that some people seem to find a need to post on internet forums regardless of reality.  I’m going to wait for Forest to confirm a signing – or not, and leave it at that.  Make no mistake though, if we don’t strengthen our squad in this transfer window I find it hard to imagine us achieving promotion this season – and that is unacceptable.