Paul Jewell is learning from previous loan mistakes
PAUL Jewell utilised the loan market last season to bring in a host of Premier League players either side of the border.
But he later admitted that he got the balance wrong with Town, at one stage, having loan players running through the spine of their team in David Stockdale, Danny Collins, Keith Andrews and Daryl Murphy.
The latter was arguably the Blues’ big loan success of last season with Stockdale leaving too soon, Andrews top scoring for a while but then ultimately returning to the top flight and Manchester City’s Reece Wabara simply failing to impress at all.
Now it seems Jewell has learned his lesson from those mistakes, yesterday claiming that he is aiming to get in season-long loans rather than players on short spells.
First up should be St Etienne midfielder Guriane N’Daw who is set to put pen to paper on a 12-month loan deal following the successful completion of his medical yesterday.
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With Jewell publicly wanting two more players, a centre-back and a striker, but also considering bringing in a left-winger and maybe a second forward, he seems likely to dip into the loan market again.
But he said: “We have had loan players here who have just been with us for part of the season, and that is difficult.
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“If we can get players coming in for the season, I think that is a little bit different to players coming in from window-to-window.
“It might not always be possible and we still want to try and buy players.
“But whatever we do, it will be in the best interests of the club. We are not just going to get people in because we need bodies. We do need bodies but they have to be the right ones.”
Town’s small squad has actually had a positive impact on team spirit with the likes of Lee Martin and Massimo Luongo hailing the camaraderie in recent days.
Jewell admitted yesterday that any new players must also have the right character to fit straight in and further boost the spirit within the ranks.
He said: “We need to bring the right characters and right types of people in.
“You try and do as much homework as possible. They have to buy in to what we are trying to do – not the other way round. We don’t want people coming here to do us a favour.”