January Transfer Roundup: Three is the Magic Number

February 1, 2010

So, according to the Fulham website, business has ended in terms of transfers. Time to look at who has been brought in.

1) Stefano Okaka: This one has been on the back burner throughout January, and whilst I was not holding my breath, there is little surprise that this has come to pass. It appears to be a six month loan deal, although both player and agent are making noises that it may be extended for another year if things go well. This seems to be good business for Fulham, who get a proven (well, sort of) Serie A player with lots of potential. After watching his farewell goal for Roma against Siena, I feel that we may have a replacement for the creative yet inconsistent Kamara. I hope Roy puts him in the starting line up against Pompey (heres to hoping) as he will help to freshen up a jaded squad.

2) Nicky Shorey: Finally, the left back we were all hoping for. Whilst he is unlikely to set the world alight, it is great to get some cover for Konch in a position that we really needed. I assume he will definitely go into the starting line-up for Wednesday’s game with Kelly moving back to the right and the usual suspects returning in the centre. This move gives us the stability that we have been craving at the back at what is probably a very reasonable price. Whilst there have been some doubts over his ability due to the fact villa were very reluctant to play him, I have a feeling that he may be a ‘Roy’ player who, after a bit of training and guidance, will slot in and do a good job.

3) Christopher Buchtmann: Unexpected but gratefully received. One of the players that Malcolm Elias brought to Liverpool, Buchtmann looks to have a bright future after being named one of Uefa’s top ten stars of the future in May 2009. Certainly he looks quite the prospect when you watch the Uefa U17 champs highlights. Add to this that Liverpool fans are, for the most part, pissing blood over this and we seem to have ourselves one for the future. It is great to see some investment in youth and there are further rumours that we offered £1m for Dalle Valle, the finnish striker, also. One to keep and eye on.

Overall, I would say this has been a successful window for Fulham who have brought in a small number of players and avoided any panic buys (read James Beattie). I look forward to seeing all three of them in action over the upcoming weeks, months and years.

A rundown of the player who have left will come after the deadline has passed.

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