Date:Wednesday February 1 2006
At the start of the January transfer window some fairly dificult questions were being asked of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Board.
Fans were demanding action, and had started to voice anxiety that their wishes weren't being fulfilled.
But by the end of their transfer dealings Wolves had spent more than the teams around them, and had spent wisely to strengthen the squad.
'It was quite a busy transfer window this month for Wolves, we actually ended up doing ten bits of business.' Jez told Wolves World
'We brought in Gabor on a permanent deal, we signed Denes Rosa. We re-signed Ross, we brough in Frankowski, we did the deal for Postma, we re-signed Daniel Jones, and at the last moment we brought in Jeremie Aliadiere as well as shifting Leon Clarke and Keith Lowe out to QPR.
'All in all a busy month!'
The biggest surprise was the aquisition of Aliadiere from Arsenal, a signing that has impressed even the harshest critics.
And that wasnt a chance last minute panic deal. Wolves have been watching him for some time.
'We've always had an eye on him ,because he made such an impact as our fans will probably know.
'When we played Arsenal in the League Cup at Highbury we lost quite badly, and he inflicted most of the damage, scoring two great goals.' Jez observed.
And then went on to explain the full process that had brought the 20 year old Gunner to the wilds of Wolverhampton.
'Unfortunately he then had an injury and was out for a year before going out on loan.
'But in terms of the recruitment, Frankowski was the important bit of business Glenn wanted to do.
'We did that and then we discussed the Kenny Miller situation,that was always in our minds, and the possibility of injury, and how important this season was .
'We actually had a number of balls up in the air, players that we were interested in talking to clubs about and we were happy to sign Jeremie Aliadiere.
'Glenn thinks he's a good player, he's got pace, he can score goals and he needs football and Glenn wanted more options.'
Signing loan players from Arsenal is never a cheap option, but there is a quality assurance stamped in the cost.
And if the bill pays for Premiership status then every penny spent earns a pound back, and that is still top of the clubs list of demands.
'He's not a cheap player. He's not an easy player to bring in. There was a lot of red tape we had to get through, but he's here and hopefully he can help us achieve what we want to do which is, as I've always said, and I mainain it now that the minimum requirement for this club, with the ammount of investment we h've put in is to reach the play offs and give ourselves a chance at promotion.'
So much for the entries to Molineux, but what about thr two players who past Ali on his way in?
The obvious question is have Leon and Mark gone for good?
But as Jez points out, the answer isnt quite as simple as it may seem.
'The thing with QPR is they have so little money that I'm not sure they could put together a bid to buy them, but who knows.
'We've sent them both their because we want them to get experience
'We were surprised Burnley didn't come in with a bid for Keith given the reports they had given us on how well he was doing.
'We really want Leon, who we think has lost his confidence. He's been in and out and its been well publicised he's had a bit of difficulty.
'The fans have been getting on him, he's reacted in a way that is maybe inapropriate, but its a good situation for him to go out,play regularly and get some goals and regain a bit of confidence and come back a more accomplished, more experienced player' he said.
But Jez doesnt rule out the possibility of Leon never returning to the pack.
'Or dare I say it, if someone wants to come in with a bid we think is acceptable we'll consider it.' he added.
So that was the month that was.
Not as quiet as some thought it would be.
And as Wolves enter the most crucial stage in the season fans are praying the January gambles come off.
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