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Cobblers to Carlisle as Window Closes Quietly

Cobblers to Carlisle as Window Closes Quietly

Clarets fans can now relax, the January transfer window closed at 11pm last night with none of our current squad signing any permanent deals with other clubs. The biggest relief was to see Jay Rodriguez in the starting eleven against Forest last night and he then celebrated staying at the club in style by bagging a brace! Fears he could be off to a Premier League club were unfounded although summer may be another matter.

There were two players though who signed for other clubs on loan. Vital Burnley had already reported that striker Alex MacDonald had joined Plymouth on loan until the 6th March and there was perhaps surprising news also that Clarke Carlisle would be leaving Preston on loan to join League 2 Northampton on loan until the end of the season.

Carlisle had his loan contract at Preston terminated by mutual consent and then almost immediately agreed to join the Cobblers.

Preston boss Graham Westley said:

"Clarke has been a terrific professional over the last couple of weeks but was finding it difficult to merge his wider responsibilities with the new regime that I have introduced at the club.

"He gave me all he could whilst I settled in, never missing a moment until I could replace him.

"The move to Northampton allows us both to move on in a positive way which is how we agreed to work together."

He will now be staying at Sixfields until the summer. It is thought unlikely he will remain on Burnley`s books after the loan spell with the 32 year olds contract at Turf Moor expiring in the summer.

So what do you think about our total business in the January window? Have we done enough or do you think we should have brought in more cover for our promotion push? Let us know below this article.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday February 1 2012
Time: 8:46AM


Happy with the business we have done just worry we don't have cover in certain key areas should we suffer injuries/suspensions
01/02/2012 08:48:00
I think a big dissapointment for me is the number of subs we can name. Why? In midfield we have basically 3 players for two positions, ideally that should be 4, we know Edgar could move forward and maybe Wallace could try and be a Wade but if we could blood players like McKee and Hewitt even with the odd 10 minutes it would help us to know if they were good enough now. I think both came on in the pre season friendly against Sunderland and must be close. I also have worries about 3 Central Defenders, Duff Edgar and Mee as Bikey is almost certainly disinterested now. We would be looking at Easton or McCann if injuries suspensions kicked in. Overall I am happy we kept the players we did with the exception of Bikey who I would have liked to have exchanged for a player for the future.
01/02/2012 08:58:00
For once, I can't argue with Vin, and would perhaps just add that we are also light in cover at RB. But is this the way the game is going? Limited squad sizes in the PL, for example, have caused Ars to suffer as a result of having 2 LBs and 2 RBs injured for long spells. Of course, it's customary to just say that's Wenger's parsimony. But the reality is that no-one can cover all eventualities. Turning this debate around a bit, and just looking at the business we did (and didn't) do, rather than at our wish lists... can you argue with the suggestion that this was our best January window ever?
Couch Potato
01/02/2012 09:22:00
It was best in terms of not selling anybody, but in the end really we did NOT supplement the squad and that was a disappointment with the club just two points off 6th spot now. The interesting one to watch is now QPR. Spending to try and avoid top flight relegation compared to the bugger all we did in the Jan window during our Prem season
01/02/2012 11:42:00
I am happy and think that if the right players were available at the right price EH would have added to the squad. It is of course possible that he is putting his faith in our youngsters coming through, although they are obviously lacking in experience All in all that we did not lose anyone we wanted to keep was very good news and now we can concentrate on continuing our good form.
01/02/2012 13:15:00
Did we really need to improve the squad though ? We have to bear in mind that we have lost absolutely nobody and secured the permanent signings of two top class defenders. In addition to this we have signed another defender who is young and has a lot of potential, and McQuoid on a three month loan. Plus we have Paterson, Stanislas and Ings to come back. Im not complaining. Lets remember that its not just coincidental that we find ourselves just 2 points off the play-offs, we have worked hard and done well to get ourselves there with the squad we have. Maintaining a squad that has been so successful over the last couple of months was the hard part, and we did that.
01/02/2012 17:38:00
It seems the recession has finally hit some football clubs with very little activity from the premiership big teams. The fact that we kept hold of Jay is the most important thing though it will be interesting how we get on holding on to our top scorer!!
01/02/2012 17:43:00
Well said ABF
01/02/2012 17:44:00
Plus of course the loan window opens in a weeks time and who knows what that might bring?
01/02/2012 21:21:00
..or not? We always seem to be looking to the next window to do the business instead of the current one? Meanwhile games go on, injuries and suspensions could happen and our promotion campaign could suffer with no cover.
02/02/2012 11:58:00
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