Keane can now be banked on to get it right
IPSWICH TOWN: Blues fans can today put their money on manager Roy Keane getting it right.
Some of the Irishman’s dealings in the transfer market with his previous club Sunderland and in his first year in charge at Portman Road left a lot to be desired.
But he can now surely be banked upon to act shrewdly when the emergency loan window opens next week.
The summer transfer window slammed shut yesterday tea time with Keane making no late additions to his squad.
With club owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg keeping a tight rein on Portman Road finances, Keane has emerged successfully - if a tad frustrated at the limitations placed on him - from his close season dealings.
He has brought in a 24-goal a season striker in Jason Scotland in place of three front men who contributed 14 goals between them last term.
And the sale of Jon Walters and Jon Stead and the loaning out of Pablo Counago has resulted in a hefty �2million profit despite the �750,000 spent on Scotland.
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This ‘profit’ comfortably covers the arrival of Marton Fulop and Mark Kennedy as well as loans involving Darren O’Dea and Andros Townsend.
On top of this Keane’s decision to outlay �1.7million on Tamas Priskin, which looked a poor decision last season, is now beginning to look astute.
And his controversial judgement not to offer Richard Wright and Liam Rosenior contracts in the summer appear justified as neither player has been able to get fixed up with another club.
Alex Bruce, another former Town favourite, was sold for �225,000 and has yet to play for Leeds in the Championship while Owen Garvan, David Wright and Pablo Counago find themselves at a Crystal Palace club currently languishing in the bottom five.
Grant Leadbitter’s capture this time last year has proved a wise one and Carlos Edwards is now making an impact while Scotland, Fulop, Kennedy, O’Dea and Townsend look set to also figure regularly this term.
Take out Gareth McAuley, David Norris and Jaime Peters and Keane is now picking players he has brought to the club.
Lee Martin (�1.5m on a four-year deal) admittedly looks like being a poor buy at this stage with the player on loan at Charlton.
But otherwise – with the addition of a smart decision to give the likes of last season’s academy scholars Luke Hyam and Ronan Murray their chance – Keane can surely now be banked on to bring in the right quality of newcomer when the loan market re-opens.
This would give his side a timely autumn lift as they look to consolidate their bright start to the season.