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Past history has shown that we don't replace with the same quality as we sell. Sigurdson was sold 16th of August 2017, window closed 31st, so we have less time to replace with this window.
We will probably buy a few youngsters, not spend much, then try to develop them. We will be middle to lower half of the league, possibly in a relegation fight. If a relegation scrap happens, the club will realize that the fans were correct all along. Sell one of your best players, yes, you can get away with that, but two and a new rookie manager, they really haven't backed him.
For the first time in a while I was optimistic we had a good team that could make a strong push for promotion. Whoever we get in will have missed the pre-season, McBurnie has been playing when we could have been giving other players game time. I knew it would be too good to be true for them to see we could keep him and not lose out.
J Ayew they should have sold when they had an £8m offer but they refused, McBurnie could have been worth much more that £20m to us, if we managed to achieve promotion.
The fans forum went very well last night with Birch, britton and Cooper being very open and honest. If the American owners have left the running of our club to Birch then so far, he has been doing very well and I hope it will continue.
My concerns are that with our transfer windows, we usually leave things until last minute and this does not do us any good. The better teams get their transfers done quickly therefore giving their new players time to bond and have a good pre-season training.
If we are selling any players we should try and get these done quickly too, even if it means accepting less than we want, we could then concentrate on completing our incoming transfers quicker to give us a better pre-season.
It will be interesting to see if the usual pattern of taking ages to get any transfers done continues or if Birch being here will make a difference.