Wee Mental Davie

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  1. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Sammon = A rich man's Cummins
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    Tommy's interview with the Courier today: “Every manager will think they have done well with their transfer business but only time will tell,” said Wright. “Their two additions up top certainly make them stronger on paper but players have to do well and go out and perform. How quickly players settle into a new club is also a factor but Sammon and Storey have both been in Scotland and know the league so that limits the risk factor. They are two good acquisitions for Partick. “Sammon played left the other night and while he probably prefers to play through the middle he is adaptable. The new men will give them a bit more flexibility and a bit of power and pace up front. “But we are happy with what we have done so far. Our business has been pretty good but we do need a striker in. “With Kane going out and the emergence of Hendry we aren’t weaker in terms of quality but we are one down. “It’s no secret we have been looking for a striker for a while now but he has to be one who will come in and make a difference, not just be a squad player.” Wright added: “We have missed out on one or two who I feel would have done a job. But if I don’t get anyone who I feel can make the squad better I will go with what I have got. “As a manager I have got the two players I wanted over the summer and the last one will be the hardest to get. “Everyone wants a striker and we are all probably looking at the same ones. We have to make sure we get the right one in.” Partick Thistle are the only Scottish team to have beaten Saints so far this season but Wright doesn’t believe there is any deep mystery regarding their Betfred Cup exit to the Firhill side. “This time it is quite simple,” he pointed out. “We have to defend better and take our chances. We have to be better at both ends of the pitch than we were in the cup game. “We certainly defended much better against Motherwell and when the chances came we were clinical. We have to take those positives into this mach. “But it’s not about us looking for revenge. If you need that to motivate you it doesn’t help. The motivation is to win three points. “There’s a feel good factor here but we try not to get a carried way to much with ups and downs. The extremes prompted by wins and losses are for the supporters to live with, not players. “We know it’s a long season. This has only been a good start but we want to build on it. We know the likelihood is that we won’t be top of the league at the end of the season so we just have to enjoy this week and try to get a win which takes us closer to 10 points and our initial target.” Blair Alston is a doubt for the match, with Wright reporting: “Blair has a thigh niggle which we will assess again. He picked up a dead leg a couple of weeks ago but it seems to have flared up a bit. If there is any doubt about him we won’t risk him but hopefully he will be OK.”
  3. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Robert Snodgrass is available Loan deal with West Ham and in exchange give them Cummins as an attendence detterent to reduce hooliginism at games. Job done, 2 games in, top of the league, we can do this lads!
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    I know, but the point is that if him being on Tommy's radar was true, it still gives us hope that he's still going after players with similar quality to him, and not just a last resort panic buy like Sammon would have been.
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    Open gossip, to be honest. Any rumour regarding a striker is worth mentioning, as it makes having Cummins at the club more bearable in hope that there are folk under Tommy's radar who can actually do a job.
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    Apparently, Mark McNulty was said to have been in contact with Tommy a few days before the Partick game last season which then team mate Scougall came up for. But opted for Coventry 5 days later. Tommy to be keeping close tabs on him throughout the season. No idea how reliable this is but it seems plausible given both he and Scougall played together at Livingston, in which Tommy has openly expressed he had his eyes on when he first noticed Scougall.
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    Good point, but strikers are a different kettle of fish. We cant push the boat out for players like McMillan, which is why the majority of Irish players coming to us aren't tried and tested in the league and are rejects from down South, or past their days.
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    More so meant those who have come over and done well - Rooney, Boyce etc Unfortunately, with the current economics in the league, these on form Irish players are out of our reach until they go shite again and are looking for a loan move to revive a non-starter career down South. So unless we can pay fees or significantly bumping up the wage budget for those currently on form (which we all know isn't happening anytime soon), we shouldn't be so focused on former and present Irish league starlets who haven't proven themselves in this league, because we'll either be outpriced by other clubs who see their worth (Storey for example, albeit not Irish) or get another squad player no better than Sammon. This is the Golden Era for us, how many more seasons is it worth trying to find the next Boyce by recycling folk who are nothing more than proven part timers at best?
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    Point taken, although we're no off to a great start though. Worth noting that County have that spendy happy guy running them, we'd be priced out by the likes of Dundee and themselves if another calibre of player akin to Boyce came about again.
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    Don't know why we bother with Irish League players still. Time and time again we'll get some player who made it in the Irish League, but struggles to cut it here or are very inconsistent. Graham Cummins and Joe the Goal Bottler are no exceptions. Not to mention that these top Irish teams got booted out the Challenge Cup last season, and even players who have cut it in the Championship against teams who are capable of beating Irish sides, still fail to make the grade up in this league or are also very inconsistent. Chris Kane is no exception either. Not meaning to be super critical, but past experiences should tell us that we are kidding ourselves on if we think some rejected Irish league goal hero is the answer. I'm not saying there aren't any good Irish league strikers out there who can cut it in this league (There are lots I could mention), but chances are they wouldn't be at Saints if they could. Players like McMillan on peak form are either good enough to be bought by someone, or shite enough to be released. Sadly, teams with finances like ourselves lie in between that gap and instead try to scavenge whats left of them a few seasons down the line, often unsuccessfully.
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    Doolan doesn't exactly fit in with Tommy wanting to reduce the squad age, but would seem like one of the more decent players to panic sign.
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    Anyone got some popcorn?
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    By Tommy getting in Scougall and MOH, I guess his idea was that he could possibly get away with not having a decent target man striker by getting in the gems in midfield to provide the sort of service a striker dreams of. The only problem is, whilst we have two top quality midfielders recruited, as well as a holder up front, that striker left to make something of it is Cummings. On the brighter side, I'm happy for RandomGuy that his May prediction finally came to fruition. Hopefully, his missus will cook him an extra rasher o' bacon for his brekkie the morning
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    Just wait till we sign some loanee who once scored 30 goals in the Irish League, then everything will really go tits up.
  15. Motherwell (H) Premiership - 12 August 2017

    There's nothing I'd love more than for Cummins to bang in the goals, but come one, he's had plenty of time on the green over the past few games. Get him doon to Hunters, maybe then he'll get the green he needs for him to get the finger out.