Date:Friday November 27 2009
Warren Feeney's arrival at Wednesday on loan this week hasn't exactly been met by a wave of enthusiasm from Owls fans - here's my take on it...
First thing's first - it wasn't the signing I was looking for to bolster our squad, he isn't the man I'd choose to turn things around, and his arrival didn't exactly excite me when I heard it.
But that's as far as my reaction went.
You might think, by looking at some fans' reactions, that we'd brought Kim Olsen back to S6, or even gone as far as giving Neil Warnock a crack as a striker in these desperate times.
It wasn't the most popular signing we've ever seen come through the doors at Hillsborough.
But after letting the dust settle, and preparing for the Northern Irish international to be part of Saturday's squad for the visit of West Brom, I'm actually looking forward to seeing the impact that he'll make in the blue and white stripes.
It's a bit of a win-win situation in that people are expecting little, if anything, from the Cardiff City man during his one-month loan stint at S6.
There's a saying that if you expect nothing then you won't be disappointed.
Actually, I'm not sure if that is a saying or if I've just made that up, but it's a good one in this instance nevertheless!
The fact is, the majority of Wednesdayites are expecting nothing from Feeney.
So should he bag a couple of goals and put in some half decent appearances, his time here could well be deemed a success.
Not only that, but if his presence here gives Tudgay, Varney, Clarke and Jeffers a kick up the backside, then that will be another success.
The finances here dominate who Brian Laws can, and can not, bring in to bolster his squad, and I'm guessing Feeney was little in the way of wages - another positive.
But I guess the real reason that some folk are up in arms is the promise of the Premier League striker that was set to come in, before collapsing and turning our attentions to Feeney.
That's Brian Laws, and the club's fault, for coming out and building our hopes up of a top-class Premier League hitman, not Feeney's.
I don't know if Warren reads message boards - many footballers do - but the reaction from Wednesday fans could work in a number of ways.
Obviously, it's never nice for a player not to be welcomed at a new club - that could be a negative - but it'll also lift any weight of expectation off his shoulders, and he could well revel in his current position.
One thing's for certain, 100 per cent of Wednesdayites at Hillsborough tomorrow need to get behind this lad, whether he starts, or whether he's a substitute.
He's come here to help us get out of out current poor position, and I for one am keeping everything crossed that he does just that and proves his doubters wrong.
Date:Friday November 27 2009
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