Transfers are often seen as black/white success/fail, but a lot depends on the team/manager at the time... how we're playing, what style we're playing etc...See, I disagree with that. I honestly think the summer window addressed quite a lot of issues, and we've brought in some good Championship level players who are massively under performing.
The biggest problem, as we all know, is the midfield - losing Tav and not replacing him is the worst business we have done since Bamford went to Leeds.
We have the nucleus of a good squad, certainly not a bottom 4 one, but that's where we are. I think this season may be one of consolidation but looking further ahead with 3-4 key signings (especially midfield) integrating more academy players, there certainly - hopefully - seems to be a slightly more positive feel about the club and where we are headed.
Now, over to you Mr Carrick and let's see your turd polishing skills.......
Look at Dijksteel and Bola - both signed as highly rated, we were all happy with the signings. They were terrible, no confidence, Bola farmed out on loan Dijksteel nowhere near the team etc... But also, so were the team. Change of manager, change of style, change of fortunes - they've been a mainstay of the team ever since, and I'm not saying that they're our best players or undroppable but no-one can deny they haven't more than played their part over the last 2 years and will need a decent replacement if/when they leave. I'm also pretty sure they will be remembered fondly when that time comes.
I dare say the same will be true of McGree/Lenihan/Forss/etc... if and when we get a team that is functioning and firing - that part is up to the manager. I didn't see many people complaining about these signings when we made them.
The biggest transfer blunder we have made recently is not replacing Tav, that is what has cost us