Onside: Mowbray buys clever rather than big, but Boro still need to raid the loan market


I STILL recall the buzz only a deadline day deal can bring about when I saw ‘Middlesbrough’ was trending on Twitter as we made an audacious punt to bring Danny Graham back to the Riverside in January.

In terms of news which the Sky Sports bigwigs merit as yellow-ticker material, Boro didn’t tick the box yesterday.

But the box we did tick was strengthening the squad - to an extent.

Of the 43 players the club’s official website reckon we’ve been linked to this summer, until yesterday Kei Kamara was probably one of the least talked about.

Matty Fryatt, Ricardo Vaz Te and Billy Sharp all boast a better goalscoring record. They would all have been better options in this league.

But if they were doable deals I’m pretty sure they would have been wrapped up and the ink would have dried with time to spare before the deadline-day dong strikes 11 to the oh-so over-egged tones of Jim White bellowing in the background.

One of the transfer window’s most punishing aspects is teams are often judged on their final day spending. It’s easy to forget managers and their chief executives have had months prior to the adrenaline-busting final hours to do their wheeling and dealing in time for the new season.

In Richardson, Varga, Whitehead and Adomah we have brought in players who are in the first team picture. Good Championship additions.

Mogga seems to have filtered out the Zemmama signings of this world, and thank the lord no desperation short-term bids for the likes of perma-crocked Kiern Dyer.

But it’s imperative our transfer dealing doesn’t stop there.

I’m extremely sceptical of the loan market. So is Mowbray, he said as much in his post-match interview on Saturday.

You can only see so much of the likes of Caleb Folan, Marcus Bent and Sammy Ameobi stroll in on a short-term basis knowing that they will be going back home in a matter of months.

But another centre forward and another centre half are still musts. Absolute musts.

Ayala would be a solid acquisition at the back and Becchio would be everything we are looking for and more leading the line.

Kamara may well prove to be a neat bit of business. All we know about him so far is he’s 6ft 3in, somewhat of a powerhouse and with an unorthodox white goatee.

He is another body which we were desperately looking for up-top and will offer something different to the Juke and the 20 minute Emnes cameos - but more fire power is still needed.

In Butterfield, we have a young ball playing midfielder who Mogga has long-admired. Only time will tell how the gaffer will fit him into a system which - very un-Mogga-esque compared to last year - hasn’t been tinkered with in shape or personnel so far this season and has been built around two holding midfielders with Leadbitter allowed to roam.

The David Wheater talks wouldn’t go away. Neither would the Leadbitter and later Rhys Williams rumours as the Dave Whelan PR machine stepped into gear as the final hours of the transfer window approached.

But if we harbour any aspirations to clamber into or around the top six this year, selling either of them was never an option.

We’ve kept our golden nuggets for another few months at least and made some useful additions.

Not spectacular but satisfying and very solid. The named above on loan, and I think Mogga will wave another transfer window goodbye rather content with his summer’s work.