A loan with a view to a permanent deal. The deals that were signed off just a few months ago are now at the forefront of discussions around the club. The deals that could potentially be done are so important in the scheme of things that doing them as early as possible would make things look very good going into the second half of the season.
Any player that owns a magic hat is surely worth signing up? Pontus Jansson was one of the unknown players to arrive in the summer. Solid and reliable and a bargain at around £3.5 million. The best centre-back in the league in my opinion and probably many others. If he plays 20 games there is a deal in place to sign the player and he won’t be far off that now. The most important signing since we were promoted back to the Championship.
Unlike the others we don’t really know the situation regarding a price. However like Pontus Jansson he came with no real background in terms of what we knew. All we knew that he had bags of potential to the point that Sporting Lisbon felt the need to sign him and put a whopping release clause into his contract, along with the rather long contract of 6 years. He’s as raw as they come and blows hot and cold at times but a menace in the main, and one we can’t really do without.
The Spaniard was very well known to most of us. Ex-Valencia, Swansea and Spain international he arrived with a very handsome CV. He struggled with fitness in the early stages but as the games have gone on he has found the form that we were expecting. His class is obvious at times and the more he plays the better he will get. This is a very new league to him and finding space isn’t as easy but it’s coming in games.
Kyle Bartley the stand-in Leeds skipper, who knew? Having arrived on loan from Swansea Bartley struggled in the opening exchanges. Partnered with Bamba and Cooper it’s fair to say we certainly didn’t see the best of Kyle Bartley. Since the arrival of Pontus Jansson he has been one of our best defenders in recent times, behind only the likes of Pontus Jansson. A leader and crucial experience he would be cheap for what we’re getting.
Grimes was the second to arrive from Swansea in the summer. Another who knew Monk very well and knew what Monk would be looking for. Arriving with Bartley would have made it easier on both but after a stinker of a debut at Queens Park Rangers he found himself isolated from the first-team. In recent times he has taken advantage of injuries to Liam Bridcutt and Ronaldo Vieira and worked his way back into contention from the bench.
Let’s see what January brings.