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Transfer Gems or Goons?

Finishing your school homework on a dark Sunday night when the deadline is Monday Morning. Packing for a summer holiday the night before your flight. Waiting until Christmas eve to begin your Christmas shopping spree for you and your loved ones. Or waiting for the final day of the transfer deadline to ensure you have all the players you need until the window opens again, and then in that window leave it until the last day to stay competitive against other opponents in your respected division.

We’ve all been there, maybe less of us with the latter, but for managers buying last minute deals, it seems to be the norm. The logic? Illogical. The explanation? Unexplainable, but despite the questioning and the frowned eyebrows it’s what most managers up and down the country seem to do.

Thankfully for the Rovers clan, Les Parry ensured he did all of his wheeling’s and dealings earlier in the window, to avoid the stress and anxiety which so many supporters were forced to endure on ‘Whacky Wednesday’Although the clever avoidance of staying clear of transfer deadline day, how are Parrys new boys gelling into the team. Are they transfer gems, or transfer goons? Heres a review of the gaffers most notable signings so far.

Dave Buchanan

An impressive start to his Tranmere career with goals in his non-competitive and competitive debuts against Liverpool Reserves and a match winning screamer at Leyton Orient has seen him as a regular in the first team. The 4-5-1 formation that Parry has employed has seen Buchanan able to push up this season and his offensive full back runs could provide a useful weapon in the Rovers armoury, not to mention a welcoming new attacking dimension for the Rovers front line to thrive on.

Martin Devaney

An ever present in the Tranmere side, and there are no signs that won’t continue.  Providing fresh width down the flanks has been key to the SWA’s recent run of good form, providing the front line with numerous chances for them to seize upon. Claims he’s enjoying his time here and the Prenton Park stands have taken a shine to him, so surely it’s a match made in heaven?

Owain Fon Williams

Nice to see stability in the goalkeeping department, something Rovers have lacked since Danny Coynes departure three years ago. A decent start to his Rovers career and his reliability in-between the sticks always makes the back fours life a lot easier knowing they have a keeper they can trust. Williams has endured a fairly comfortable ride so far so the teams expected dip in form later on in the season will be the true test of his character, and the time when a proper judgement can be made.

Mustafa Tiryaki

Even before his agreed contract, the 24 year old knew he was always going to have to fight for a start. Was always playing second fiddle to Showunmi and McGurk, however has showed glimpses of promise when coming off the bench, and has started the past few games. Hard to tell at this early stage whether he’ll come good, but a goal against the Liverpool Reserves would have boosted his chances. Will get his chance when injuries suspensions and dips in form come into play later on in the season, so he will need to be patient.

David Raven

Despite the sending off in the controversial game against Notts County, Ravens second spell at Prenton Park has seen him endure a decent start. Will be looking to make the Right back spot his own after being in and out of the side. The new full back pair of Buchanan and Raven seems to be gelling well for the Rovers. Still too early to tell if he’s goon or gem, but signs are there that he’ll be an accomplished signing.

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