Monday, 11 August 2014

What does 'tracking' a player mean?

It is being reported that along with two other Championship clubs we are 'tracking' Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ralls as a possible loan signing: Ralls

But what does this actually mean? What it probably amounts to is that one of our scouts has taken a look at the player. But then they are looking at players all the time, both here and on the continent. The one thing one can say with any certainty is that chief scout Phil Chapple does not deserve the title 'Chapple of rest' he earned at Peterborough.

It may be that it is our network scouts who have been taking a look at Gilles Ruyssen. The 20-year old plays for K.A.A. Gent and does hold a Belgian passport. However, Wolves had already had him on trial and this does not seem to have led to anything. In any case, do we need another centre back? This looks like a case of 'Belgian player = move to Charlton' to me.

Costa Rican international, midfielder Celso Borges, who currently plays in Sweden, is being linked with Charlton, but I thought he was going to Evian. In any case, do we want a player who has to borrow a shirt to play in from a fan: Luis, can I borrow your shirt to play in?

Next: George Best's ghost has been seen at Sparrows Lane.

I'm looking forward to seeing some players who have actually signed for the club tomorrow night!

BTW, I had to laugh at Alan Pardew being given a new name by a Newcastle paper: P45DUE.

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