Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hallelujah! It's Wayne in, men.*

According to reports, we've just signed Wayne Routledge for an undisclosed fee (rumoured to be around £1.75m). Whilst slightly out of the blue, the player will bring some much needed pace to our midfield, and as an out and out right winger should give us greater balance.

From my recollections of him as a player, his final ball wasn't always the best, but as Spiderman has suggested of late, that's something which the club are capable of working on, so hope is not lost on that front.

What this transfer suggests is, firstly, that Fabrice Pancrate's inability to produce the goods lately suggests that his first-team appearances between now and the end of the season are likely to be severely limited and the odds of his contract being extended in the summer look decidedly remote.

Secondly, given that this is a permanent transfer for a pacy attacker, I suspect that any lingering pursuit of Jermaine Beckford is now dead in the water. With what little cash we have left presumably being ploughed into defensive strengthening (with Mike Williamson reportedly on Tyenside at present), it seems likely that Peter Lovenkrands will feature prominently as the fleeter footed partner to Big Lad and Bigger Lad (with back up from Nile Ranger) for the remainder of the season.

No mention of whether Routledge will go straight into the squad to face his first team Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, but having been involved with QPR all season he should hopefully be fit and raring to go.

*With apologies to all of the ladies who read this - unfortunately if I'd called the post "Hallelujah! It's Wayne in, people" the joke wouldn't work.


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