Quiet end to transfer window expected for Boro
Boro boss not expecting to do any business before window closes
BORO boss Graham Westley says it will take an exceptional talent becoming available to tempt him to do any business before the transfer window closes next Tuesday.
Finnish striker Njazi Kuqi is trialling with the club currently, and was given a run out during Saturday’s home win over Stockport County, but boss Westley doesn’t envisage much business being done before the window closes.
“My budget is spent so no there’s not likely to be any business,” Westley told The Comet.
“I’ve always been in a situation since I’ve been back here where it’s one in one out and I’ve not got it in mind particularly to move anybody.
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“Obviously if an exceptional target comes up then I’m going to be in a position where I might have to try and move someone out in order to make that happen.
“I’m not planning anything significant between now and the transfer window nor is there any real rush. If you get an injury you can bring in an emergency loan.
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“We’ve got a lot of good players here who are bedding down as a team and the focus and the emphasis is very much on developing the team ethic that we’ve already got rather than adding to the difficulty of brining in new players and bedding them in.”
With the closing of the transfer window comes the end of the first month of Boro’s new life in the Football League.
Despite Boro’s traditional slow start to the season, their current points tally is better than their return at this stage last season and Westley believes results will improve as the squad develops.
“We’ve got more points after three games this season than we did last and we went on to have a very successful year last year, so I guess if that’s a benchmark then that’s something for us to think about,” explained Westley.
“Yes we’d have loved to have won all three games and I think we could’ve won all three games.
“If Yemi had sunk that late chance against Macclesfield (that would’ve been) three late points there. I think anybody who watched the game at Bradford would say that the best side lost. We don’t do feeling sorry for ourselves around here we get on and try and improve. I think last weekend we did improve and it was convincing.
“Our start has been alright in performance terms, I’m sure we can produce better in results terms and I’m sure as we learn, as we grow, as we develop we will.”
Andy Scott’s Brentford side visit the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday evening as Boro begin their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign and Westley is expecting the npower League 1 side to provide a stern test.
“They’re a very good side,” he said.
“I like Andy he’s a decent bloke and his side produces some good football.
“I watched them this week against Hull City, it wasn’t Hull City’s first string but none the less they were a good outfit and Brentford played some very good football to beat them.
“They’ve got some good attacking players and good resilience and some great strength in defence so they’ll be a very tough nut to crack even though we’ll be at home.”
First for Boro though is a trip to Aldershot this Saturday where they will be looking to make it back-to-back victories.
“(It’s) never an easy place to go, they’re a very bright side,” said the Boro boss. “They’ve got some excellent quality. The lad Little plays just in behind the front, he’s ever such a good player. He’s played at the top level for a reason, great quality, he understands the game and his movement is difficult to deal with. The mark of respect for him and for them as a team was Graham Turner being forced to change his formation at half time last weekend to deal with that particular problem.
“They’re a decent side, it’s always a difficult place to visit. We’re under no illusions about the size of the task and how difficult it’ll be to win there.”