Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Playing Swaps

As I and many other Blades have stated lately Tony McMahon was quickly becoming a liability for the team, and with the arrival of Brayford it would seem McMahon's days are numbered at The Lane. The right back had a habit of hitting hopeful balls forward which in turn landed straight at the feet of opposition players, mix this with a lack of pace and a defender who struggles to keep pace with wingers and weakness became easy to exploit by the opposition. Often making silly challenges and picking up seven avoidable yellow cards it is clear we had to deal with an issue. Now without a shred of proof I can not moraly put a story with full details about the rumored meeting between Nigel Clough and McMahon when Clough first came in, but anyone who has heard it will know The Gaffer had certain concerns in regards to McMahons attitude on and off the pitch, and with his move to Blackpool it would seem these concerns were never put to rest. So with only a week left of the transfer window McMahon has been sent on a twenty eight day loan to Blackpool, what makes the deal interesting is the arrival of Bob Harris from the other side of the deal. The twenty six year old left back who made five appearances and scored one goal for South Yorkshire neighbors
Rotherham last season has struggled to get into the first team set up at Blackpool, and they had decided it would be beneficial for the player to get playing time under his belt. Now after what I saw on Sunday I am happy for him to get that time here with us, freeing up Hill to play in his preferred centre back role and looking strong and technically sound Harris could be an absolute bargain deal. After his debut Harris has already hinted that an extension of the loan deal and it would be a move he would want, this is good news for us as it gives a lot more depth and quality at the back, along with more combination options come team selection time. All we need now is McMahon to want the move and both clubs could start hashing out a deal, here is hoping.

-Jonathan Gascoigne

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