Burnley FC Blog: No shock in lack of deals
So far as transfer windows go, January 2013 is unlikely to trouble the memory banks.
Shay McCartan loaned to Hyde United, Steven Hewitt lent to Alfreton and Alex McDonald gone for a Burton – nothing much to get excited or upset about there.
On the plus side, the likes of Charlie Austin and Kieran Trippier will play their football in claret and blue until at least the end of May.
On the down side, any hopes of bolstering the squad for a tilt at the play-offs were thwarted.
Sir Alex Ferguson once opined that there is no value in the transfer market.
That goes double when it comes to the winter window. Yet given that the Clarets have a half-chance of surprising the top six and given that football management is a precarious occupation at best, it is unlikely that Sean Dyche, right, or indeed anyone in his line of work, would pass up the opportunity to extend his shelf life by enhancing the playing options available to him.
Of course, it may well be the case that the Ginger Mourinho is happy with the current group of players.
There has been a vast improvement under the new regime, visible in an overhaul of the team ethic, a new steely resolve and a defence that is unrecognisable from the porous shambles inherited by Dyche.
Another point worth making is that the board already invested heavily in the squad over the summer when they put their money where their collective mouth was and backed the ill-fated Eddie Howe experiment.
Jason Shackell, Sam Vokes, George Porter, Dane Richards, Luke O’Neill and Joseph Mills all arrived at Turf Moor. Granted, not all of them commanded huge transfer fees, but all will have involved an outlay of some kind, be it wages, a signing-on fee or long contracts.
On the pitch, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw with relegation candidates Peterborough has to go down as two points dropped – particularly after the returning Austin snaffled his 21st Championship goal of the season to give Burnley the lead.
Resilience has been a chief component of the Dyche blueprint, so it was disappointing that the Clarets were so easily undone in conceding two very avoidable goals.
Still, credit the players for digging in to salvage a point. Hopefully they can go one better at struggling Bolton next week.