If there were any Swindon fans still holding out hope this current squad could still achieve a top seven finish this season those hopes were shattered yesterday at the County Ground.
After picking up three points out of four League Two games over the festive period it’s painfully obvious that this Town squad needs major investment to clean up the mess made by Phil Brown last summer.
Then and only then, we might see a push for a playoff spot in May.
Alongside a disappointing result yesterday we found out Steven Alzate won’t be playing for Swindon again this season after it was revealed he’s been diagnosed with a stress fracture to his back.
Replacing someone with Alzate’s talent will be a big ask for our new Director of Football, Paul Jewell, but I’m sure he’s already working on a replacement, hopefully we’ll see something by this weekend when Town travel to face Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town.
An attacking midfielder isn’t the only position Richie Wellens will be desperate for over the next month; he’s made it clear he needs some wingers and of course that elusive new striker.
With neither Elijah Adebayo nor Marc Richards troubling the summit of the League Two scoring charts it’s clear we need a goalscorer to make any progress this season, but with every other League Two club also on the hunt for a goalscorer we’ll have to hope the prospect of getting a club of our stature out of the basement division will be an appealing challenge.
The ideal way to kick-off this transfer window would see Swindon announcing the signing of Sid Nelson on a permanent deal, but with Millwall currently reviewing all their loan deals and Nelson picking up an injury yesterday it doesn’t sound like it’ll be an easy contract to get signed.
I hold out in hope that this deal can be completed over the next month, which will not only provide us with a talented young centre back for years to come but free up a much valued loan spot and give Jewell the chance to add more quality to Wellens’ squad.
Lastly I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! Let’s hope we have more to celebrate as Town fans this year than in the basket case of 2018.