All Quiet On The Striking Front

12 days remain of the January transfer window with no word yet on how much closer Notts are to filling a striker’s boots at Meadow Lane.

It’s beginning to look increasingly likely that the last half of the season will be left to rely on a loanee or free agent coming in – if anything.

Of course, 12 days is a long time in football – Damion Stewart’s move was completed in a matter of hours after all so all is not lost just yet and Martin Allen insists on keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to transfers.

Notts have been linked in various outlets with moves for both Izale McLeod (who played under Allen just last season at Barnet) and Christian Montano. The latter however has just had his loan period at Dagenham & Redbridge extended so that one looks dead in the water already?

Delighted for Tano that he looks to be settled at a club – but gutted that it’s not with Notts, hard to deny the slump in form has coincided with his departure.

The latest rumour this morning suggests Notts and Colchester Utd are preparing a move for Brighton’s George Barker, an as yet unproven at league level striker having progressed through the Albion youth ranks – a system not exactly renowned for it’s conveyor belt manufacturing of goalscorers.

Will County be left to limp the rest of the season out with a combination of Lee Hughes, Karl Hawley and Ben Burgess? Certainly in the early stages of the season they worked fantastically together. But how long ago was that now? Hughesy is refinding his form – the same can’t be said for the other two.

Recent form (i’m stretching back to mid-October) suggests that mid-table consolidation is about the best Notts can hope for this year. Let’s get to the Summer, offload some finance sponges and start a fresh climb next year.

But come this time next week the picture again could be very different – such is League One’s unpredictability. MK Dons and Preston visit in the next five days, two teams who laboured respectively against 10 men in blistering heat, and when faced with a new centre-midfield team of Charlie Allen and Gavin Mahon. Both very beatable sides the manager will think.

Question is whether Notts can pick up the pace again. We’ve seen against Huddersfield and Doncaster that the spirit is still there, we’re just stuck currently with the memories of Bournemouth last weekend and how they highlighted what’s wrong currently with the squad.

Defeat on Saturday though could see a drop of as many of three places down to 17th.

It’s getting a bit precarious in mid-table. Someone call Febian Brandy…

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