Whilst we sit twiddling our thumbs as to whether any players will come to the club during this January transfer window, some players have been on their way out of the club. Nyron Nosworthy has found a new permanent home, whilst promising youngsters Billy Knott, Ryan Noble & John Egan are also set to move on to lower league clubs.
We'll take a look at who's gone where, and the prospects right here...
Heading the bunch is Nyron Nosworthy, who following a loan spell has joined Watford on a permanent transfer. Finally, his "hell" of being paid a fortune to do nothing is over.
Whilst some found Nosworthy to be a figure of fun, or some sort of cult hero, in my eyes he was a disaster of a footballer. Some fans have pointed out that during his formidable partnership with Jonny Evans, he bailed Evans out as much as it was the other way round. Perhaps it's my old age or selective memory, but I don't recall things being that way round at all. Not to mention the complete lack of compsure shown at all times, the man has shaved years off my life with his Cryuff turns and gangly legs.
Roy Keane perhaps put it best when he said upon moving him to the centre of defence from fullback "He's got less time on the ball, which suits everyone".
I'm sure Nosworthy was a lovely bloke, but not cut out for the Premier League at all. We wish him well at Watford, but at the same time breathe a sigh of relief that he's finally off the books permanently.
Also on his way out of the club is the promising midfielder, Billy Knott. There's been high expectations around Knott for some time now, and he was easily one of the brightest English prospects at the summer's U20 World Cup in Colombia.
It was rumoured he was on his way to Cardiff City earlier in the week, however that seems to have turned into nothing but talk as he's rocked up at AFC Wimbledon in League Two. The move works on a few levels, as obviously games in League Two are better than reserve team football, and should help toughen him up a little. Also for him on a personal level, it's close to home as he's a born and bred Londoner, so he shouldn't be or feel stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Also heading down to London with Crystal Palace, is young Irishman John Egan. Egan has come on leaps and bounds this season, even getting on the bench occasionally during the dying embers of the Steve Bruce era.
We're actually a little late on the Egan news, as he's already played for the Eagles in the FA Cup defeat against Derby County, but it shows he's highly rated around the country and not just in the North East. A solid spell for Egan could see him challenging for a first team spot over the summer, as his rise from "promising youngster" to filling out as a man and getting good exposure in the Championship could be compared to Jordan Henderson's time with Coventry. Obviously Egan's a different sort of player, but physically he's looking ready, and just needs games.
Elsewhere in "Youngster Watch" there's moves on the cards for Ryan Noble and Liam Noble.
Ryan has been strongly linked with a move to Derby County, where he's spent time before.Many, including ourselves have clamoured for Noble's inclusion in the starting line-up at times, but it looks as if he'll be shipped out. On the plus side it will give Noble the games he so badly craves, whilst also, hopefully toughening him up a little.
He has undoubted talent, and could go a long, long way, but aged 20, it's approaching "now or never" time with regards to a Premier League career.Combined with the return from injury of Fraizer Campbell and Connor Wickham, chances at the club are looking even more slim.
Expect him to The Rams or elsewhere, make a move before the weekend's games.
As for Liam Noble, it's likely his time at the club is over. He's spent significant time at Carlisle United, and whilst he's currently back on Wearside following the completion of a loan, they want him back and are awaiting to find out if they can have him.
If there's any more moves, we'll be sure to report on them. Eventually.