Becoming Stagnant

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You have to feel sorry for the likes of Daniel Bachmann and Jakob Haugaard.

The scrapping of the emergency loan window means they will be sitting in the stands for the next few months, unable to get first team action.

Ironically, both of their chances have been scuppered by the loan addition of Lee Grant from Derby.

The latest addition to a long list of goalkeepers is at the club until January, covering for the injured Jack Butland.

Not only does it leave both Bachmann and Haugaard waiting in the dark wings, it also shows a complete lack of faith in the pair from the management team.

Bachmann was on standby for the Austrian national team this week, whilst Haugaard played a handful of Premier League games last season- decent pedigree for young stoppers. Grant brings experience, but with that it shuts the door on a couple of lads who would benefit from temporarily growing elsewhere.

Grant’s late arrival in the transfer window meant there was little time to ship others out.

Bachmann has been outspoken on the subject in the last couple of days, calling the closure of the emergency loan window a “disaster” for goalkeepers. He’s also questioned why a 40-year-old is starting in goal.

Whilst few would argue that Shay Given is our current number one- and, as Bachmann pointed out in his interview with LAOLA1, he’s done very well- many will disagree with the fact that up and coming players are potentially becoming stagnant.

The addition of Premier League 2 has been designed to integrate youngsters with competitive football and, whilst it helps, it doesn’t compare with league football.

Bachmann, for example, has benefitted from loan spells at Wrexham, Ross County and Bury in the last 18 months. His fellow keeper Haugaard is in need of adding to his experience. There were rusty and inexperienced moments during his appearances last season and he’d learn a heck of a lot more playing regularly at a lower level than kicking and saving footballs at Clayton Wood five days a week.

The problem doesn’t stop with the goalkeeping department either. The likes of Dominic Telford, Ollie Shenton and Mark Waddington- who recently returned from a spell at Kilmarnock- would have all been chomping at the bit to get some first-team action under their belts.

Sadly, Fifa’s decision to scrap the loan window to ‘protect the integrity of competition’, means they will be stuck playing glorified reserve football until January.

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