The mention of a potential move for Kieffer Moore piqued my interest, despite the fact he’s traditionally not the type of player I’d want us to sign.
Older, not particularly mobile, not a signing for the future — yes, all of those things are true, but Moore has Championship quality and experience that we lack at the top end of the pitch, and I think having someone like that in the squad could be hugely beneficial to the young forwards we have that need to learn to be more rugged and get their hands dirty from time to time.
I remember Moore well from when he played like prime Didier Drogba against us for Barnsley in League One, and I’ve wanted him here ever since.
He’s an old school target man in many respects, but we don’t have anyone else like that in the squad right now, and with us having an immediate need for players who can come straight in and have an impact on the side, signing him is an absolute no brainer to me.
Even if it’s just a loan until the end of the season, I think he could be the difference between us finishing in the playoffs or not, so let’s hope the rumours are true and we really do have our sights set on signing him.
Malc Dugdale says…
Given how good the club now are at keeping their powder dry on transfers, I’m not totally sure how we can advise on realistic signings.
There’s also the fact that we now recruit truly globally, and that chances are we may have talent coming in that the fans have no idea about.
I’d be happy with Kieffer Moore to provide some Championship experience up front, and I’d also be happy with a strong defensive midfielder to help out Pierre Ekwah and Dan Neil too- maybe someone like Yann M’Vila or a similar player with decent experience.
We’re really missing Corry Evans and we need someone to shore us up in the core of midfield, which should allow Ekwah and Neil to play with freedom.
Those are my primary concerns, but my wider thinking is that we’ve probably edged a little too far towards faith in our youth and we may need to sway towards reinstating a spine of more experienced players.
Young players develop well under good coaches and Michael Beale is allegedly that, although the data doesn’t show us enough to make a call on that as yet.
These players also learn a lot from peers and good role models, and if we can add some experience in the middle and up front, I think this will make a real difference.
I think we can manage in a lot of ways in other parts of the squad but these two areas need addressing, and if Moore comes in as part of our way forward we will make some good strides towards rebalancing the youth and experience as I feel maybe required.
This is especially the case if we lose any more experienced lads, which rumours about Alex Pritchard suggest may be the case.
It’s been a quiet two transfer weeks so far but I have high hopes that both of my main concerns can be sorted out. If we don’t address them, we may as well accept missing out on the playoffs right now.