Can you blame them? No one is interested in a dogfight unless they are a mercenary and we all know what it’s like when you have those sort of players in the squad (think back to the Grant era)
“I have to say that disappointingly from our point of view, most of the targets we hoped to sign by January 2 are now not available, having either decided not to join us or ventured on a new negotiation elsewhere,” Allardyce told the club’s official website.
“We’ve been at it for six weeks now and my need is ever more desperate than the position we’re in for new players in January, but our desire to get new players in has fallen because most clubs don’t want to loan players or let them go.
“We hope we will get new recruits but they have to be good enough.
“If I pick a player who is not good enough then everybody will destroy him before he starts, so I need to pick a player who can hit the ground running from the start and do the business from the beginning. That’s the issue.
“We didn’t want to have to sign any players in January but it looks like we might have to.
“More important than recruiting new players is getting our injured players fit as soon as possible.”
End of the day this is what you get when you throw all your eggs into one basket, lack of depth is down to the manager. He culled 10 players last summer and we were left with 23 squad players and a few have never played even when half the squad is getting nursed. When you are a club in one of the strongest leagues in the world you are dicing with death with such a small squad because injuries are inevitable throughout a season.