Friday, January 29, 2010

Only the loanees

Today saw confirmation of two new loan arrivals at the club to bolster our injury-hit defence.

The first sees QPR centre half Fitz Hall ("One Size" to his friends) arrive for the remainder of the season, whilst the second sees Chelsea youngster Patrick Van Aanholt arrive on a month's loan. With Van Aanholt a left back who has already gathered some Championship experience on loan to Coventry, his recruitment is a clear effort on the part of the club to fill the significant gap which Jose Enrique's recent injury has caused.

Of course, anyone looking at our squad for the past couple of years would have realised that we've not had any cover at left back, so it's something of a relief to see that Hughton has at least managed to plug the gap quickly rather than try and force a square peg into a round hole.

One Size has plenty of experience at this level, and also did well in the Premiership for Iain Dowie's Crystal Palace, and should provide some additional competition at centre half and added depth to our squad.

With loans remaining possible until March, the prospect of further players coming in over the next few weeks remains, but obviously permanent deals (such as any move for Crystal Palace's prize asset Victor Moses) need to be concluded before close of play on Monday.


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