I wouldn’t dismiss the Championship as a place to look for players, either short or long term as one or two suggest.
The GK situation is still a worry for me and personally I would be looking at possibly a short term fix from the Championship (ie Randolph, Etheridge, Westwood) or Butland if looking longer term. Nyland just gives me the shivers.
I hope that we also persist with the 3 at the back for the rest of the season, which could mean looking at a further centre back? I cannot think of a stand out Championship centre back right now, but perhaps someone may think of one? However, Tuanzebe on a short loan is a good shout. Is the Aberdeen centre back mentioned previously doing ok still? I would also love to see Ashley Young return on a short loan to cover the left wing back role. He’d be perfect for it.
Midfield we are very weakened without McGinn and need something. Lansbury or Hourihane just cannot fill the role until the end of the season. Eze of QPR sounds like the pick of the Championship right now. If that move wasn’t possible, what about either Allen or Woods from Stoke? I know not great, would think either would offer us something. Otherwise, is there a further McGinn gem in Scotland right now to be had?
Forwards? We need some power and pace across the whole line for sure. The Fulham fella is an obvious choice, but just cannot see him moving in this window. However, there are others to consider from the Championship (ie Karlan Grant, Ollie Watkins to name two). Wide areas, again Bowen being the pick, but expensive and the same with Benrahma. What about Lolley? Has pace, great shot and would bust a gut for the team. Lolley could be our new Tommy Johnson. Scotland again could be a place to look for forward players.
Otherwise, either of the Chelsea forwards mentioned on loan would improve us for sure.
Alternatively, we’ll be looking abroad for loans or smaller size fee signings I imagine. The risk here of course is the settling in period, as some adjust quicker than others.
Either way, I hope we do all our business quickly. I think we need a minimum of 3, but would like to see 4 or 5 coming in soon. Not easy though in January.