We’ve known for some time that for the first time in 25 years as club owners the two Davids are very unlikely to bring anybody in during the January transfer window.
January is recognised at every club as being a notoriously bad time to buy or loan players – many of whom are on the market only because of some problem or other at their current ‘place of employment.’
A senior insider told ClaretandHugh a few days ago: “What’s the point. Can you recall any player we’ve brought in during that window that’s really done it for us?”
So with the help of club DJ Leon Hyde we dug back through the records and looked at every player who has arrived since 2010 and it’s very hard to make a sensible case for venturing into the January market.
2011 may have been an exception..
Here’s the list of names who have appeared at Upton Park in deep midwinter since the Davids arrived as owners.
2010: Guillermo Franco, Benni McCarthy, Mido
2011: Robbie Keane, Wayne Bridge, Dema Ba, Gary O’Neill
2012: Vaz Te, Ravel Morrison, Nicky Maynard
2013: Joe Cole, Pablo Armero, Roger Johnson, Antonio Nocerino, Marcelo Borriello
2014: Nene, Doneil Henry