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Nathan, Nathan and Kirk

A good transfer deadline last Friday which saw us hold onto our players, there may have been some late bids but Matt Phillips and Tom Ince were going nowhere, they actually were on the bus to Leicester great timing!

We did however do a little business to bring in two on Friday and a further new face today. Lets have a look at the new recruits.

Nathan Eccleston

21-year-old Nathan Geoffrey Junior Eccleston (unlucky with the middle names there) came from Liverpool where he was unable to make an impact. He made a handful of appearances at Liverpool after moving from Bury as a youth player, (he’s a Manc not a Scouser) but never was able to get a regular place in the squad never mind in the team.

It’s behind you Nathan


He has some League One experience with three loan spells at Huddersfield, Charlton and Rochdale, a total of 37 appearances with 5 goals.

He seems a bit of a player, but that’s a reference to off the field activities. Anyway here’s hoping he’ll be able to make an impact, he’s on a contract till the end of the season with the option of a further year.

Nathan Delfouneso

Another Nathan, but this time Delfouneso or the ‘The Fonz’. He’s had plenty of chances at Villa notching up 31 appearances and a couple of goals (one against us in the 3-2 defeat at Villa).  He’s also had time on loan in the Championship with the Dingles down the road and Leicester. Seen somewhat as a similar player to Gabby Agbonlahor Nathan has had to wait for a run in the first team. He’s still in the plans long-term at Villa with another two years on his contract, that was signed a year ago and since then with a new manager at Villa (they try a new one one every year) it seems he’s not going to feature for Villa again this year considering he’s on a year-long loan at the Seaside.

It looks like he’s be either playing the forward role or on the wing, his spell at Leicester he featured on the wing. He’s certainly got the attributes to do well at Bloomfield but just have to see if he gets a chance with Ince, GTF, Phillips X2 ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment. Let’s hope for some Happy Days at Bloomfield Road for the ‘The Fonz’.

Kirk Broadfoot

Today Kirk Broadfoot was confirmed as a Pool player, being a free agent he was able to sign after the deadline on Friday. He’s one of the many from the Rangers exodus but admitted that he nearly signed for the Pool a couple of years ago.

It’s good to see some defensive cover to come in considering the two Nathans are forwards and the rest of our signing this summer have appeared to be midfielders. He’s generally played at center half for Rangers, but has been known to play at right back.

Interesting story about Kirk, he had to go to hospital when an egg exploded in his face – http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/may/15/kirk-broadfoot-egg-explosion-rangers

Kirk's worst nightmare Kirk’s worst nightmare


All looks good lets hope they can make an impact!

One month to go, one in

It’s less than one month till the opening fixture of the Championship season against Millwall and as ever we are leaving it late to make any signings. So far we’ve only added young right-back Jake Caprice to our squad.  While other clubs are getting prepared we seem to be lacking in bringing in new faces which never breads confidence into us fans, but it’s not had too much of a negative affect on us in previous seasons, so is there any reason to panic now?

We haven’t lost to many “first team” players from the end of last season apart from Stephen Dobbie who still may come back if a fee agreed with Swansea and Dobbie can agree terms.

As for the rest of the Championship it’s a mixed bag.  Only two other teams have made less signing so far, Watford and Nottingham Forest. Yes, that’s Watford who only appointed Gianfranco Zola as manager this week and Forest who don’t have a manager. All other teams have made two or more additions.

On average each team has made 3 signing each, Sheffield Wednesday have been busiest with 7 new recruits.

The data for the above table has been compiled from the signing lists on the BBC. See the spreadsheet online at google docs. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjxfcMN-m2jndDdYejFPSXRwMWhWSUNUQXRRWmxsV0E

So any reason to panic? The loan system has always been good to us, Premier League teams don’t announce their squad list for a while (not a clue on the date) and we generally haven’t made loan signings until after the season starts. We’ve always been late to sign players generally so it looks like much of the same old style!

In a poll on the site a while ago you voted that we need 4 more players, so three more to go!

How many players in for the new season?

  • 4 (33%, 9 Votes)
  • 3 (26%, 7 Votes)
  • 5 (15%, 4 Votes)
  • 6 (11%, 3 Votes)
  • 2 (7%, 2 Votes)
  • 7+ (4%, 1 Votes)
  • 1 (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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A Team of Frees

As it seems with most summer transfer activity at Bloomfield Road we always seem to pick up one or two out of contract players. You can have a look at some out of contract players at the PFA website http://www.thepfa.com/transferlist. He’s the pick of the bunch, it was hard not to select Sir Brett who is listed.

Goal Keeper

Adriano Basso – Hull
Benjamin Alnwick – Tottenham
Steven Simonsen – Sheff United
Marcus Hahnemann – Wolves
Brad Guzan – Villa
Joe Lewis – Peterborough

Right Back

Paul Quinn – Ex Cardiff
Jose Bosingwa – Chelsea
Michel Salgado – Blackburn

Left Back

Lee Naylor – Cardiff
Gary Borrowdale – QPR
Paul Robinson – Bolton
Nicholas Shorey – WBA

Centre Back

Paul Scharner – WBA
Daniel Gabbidon – QPR
Peter Ramage – QPR
Carlos Cuellar – Villa
Danny Shittu – QPR

Right Midfield

Lloyd Sam – Leeds

Centre Midfield

James Harper – Hull
Simon Gillett – Doncaster
Paul Green – Derby
Daniel Murphy – Fulham
Danny Guthrie – Newcastle
Jamal Campbell-Ryce – Bristol
Thomas Soares – Stoke
Sean Davis – Bolton
Nigel Reo-Coker – Aston Villa

Left – Midfield

Lee Cook – QPR


Steven Davies – Derby
Andy Johnson – Fulham
Aaron Wilbraham – Norwich
Michael Owen – Manchester United
Ivan Klasnic – Bolton
James Hayter – Doncaster

So from that you could grab a decent starting 11 for the championship, only problem is the average age of the team, plenty of experience.

Best XI?

Brad Guzan – Villa

Paul Robinson – Bolton
Paul Scharner – WBA
Carlos Cuellar – Villa
Michel Salgado – Blackburn

Lloyd Sam – Leeds
Daniel Murphy – Fulham
Nigel Reo-Coker – Aston Villa
Lee Cook – QPR

Andy Johnson – Fulham
Michael Owen – Manchester United