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Di Canio a happy man after loan signings

Swindon Advertiser: Di Canio a happy man after loan signings Di Canio a happy man after loan signings

TOWN boss Paolo Di Canio is a happy man after finally bringing in the reinforcements he has been crying out for in recent weeks.

The Italian concluded two-month loan deals for both Charlton midfielder Danny Hollands and Norwich striker Chris Martin yesterday, while Paul Benson left the club to join Portsmouth on a temporary deal until January.

The moves were Di Canio’s first since the club’s transfer embargo was lifted last week, and both players will be available for tomorrow’s game with Yeovil at the County Ground.

Di Canio was keen on signing Hollands in the summer but was knocked back by Charlton, while Martin will offer valuable competition to the likes of James Collins and Andy Williams, who have both performed well but struggled for goals in recent weeks.

In the case of Hollands, the Town boss was pleased to finally get his man.

“He is a player that was a target for me in the summer but Charlton didn’t give me a chance to bring him in, but now there is an opportunity,” he said.

“He has done something in this league and is of a good age to improve, and he played on the centre-left and he is a very good professional, and I think he can be an important player for us.

“The hope is we are happy with him and we can keep going, and he is the player I wanted already in the summer.

“He will improve his fitness level, but the fact he played already many games is not a guarantee he can be involved straightaway.”

The Town boss was also pleased with his capture of Martin, who he believes will compliment the strikers he already has.

“Not everybody will recognise him as the best finisher, but he is more a second striker who likes to play round the centre half, but he is a modern footballer.

“His first touch and he plays around the box, and he is a good player like we want to have.

“I told him straightaway, with smiling, sometimes he is a bit lazy but has good good quality, and it doesn’t help him find another way. This is typical when you do not have good touch like I used to have 200 years ago.

“Maybe sometimes you think it is enough, and we have had a chat with him and he is smiling. He is an intelligent guy and smiled to my point, and what he miss at the moment is match, because Danny played many games at a good level and Chris, not.

“It will take time for him to be fit like the others, and we will see maybe part of the game and then gradually.

“In a normal situation with many games in a row it will be different, but we play three games in nine days then we have two long weeks which will help a lot. That can give 25 per cent more fitness levels to the players and to my players I have already.”

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7:02am Fri 16 Nov 12

Rhs Boydy says...

Don't we already have players to play the 2nd striker role? I thought we needed someone who'd put the ball in the back of the net regularly.
Don't we already have players to play the 2nd striker role? I thought we needed someone who'd put the ball in the back of the net regularly. Rhs Boydy
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8:45am Fri 16 Nov 12

London Red says...

2nd striker doesn't mean no goals - you would probalby describe Messi as a 2nd striker and he has got over 75 in 2012
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Rooney too would fall into a 2nd striker category and has scored 20+ goals a season
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Our own Simon Cox would have been described as that too - and we know he could find the net
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Collins for me is like Paynter - a target man but not in your old fashion hoof it and hope he wins it - which is more what Benson role was
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Collins (and Paynter before him) are more of the direct target man - play it up to them and they will hold the ball up and bring others into play (especially if at chest height) - we have seen/heard recently that Colins did this really well against Villa and Sheff U
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Then he could play with Martin who would feed off that like Cox did with Paynter (11 and 29 for those 2)
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Or can play with Williams who would look to get in behind
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OK last few games this has not been looking that great but earlier in the season these 2 looked a real handful together
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I thinjk Williams and Martin could work together too with one dropping deep and one getting in behind
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So we now have 3 different styles to give 3 different partnerships
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Stroey is similar to Williams and Rooney to Collins so would see them as like for like swaps
2nd striker doesn't mean no goals - you would probalby describe Messi as a 2nd striker and he has got over 75 in 2012 . Rooney too would fall into a 2nd striker category and has scored 20+ goals a season . Our own Simon Cox would have been described as that too - and we know he could find the net . Collins for me is like Paynter - a target man but not in your old fashion hoof it and hope he wins it - which is more what Benson role was . Collins (and Paynter before him) are more of the direct target man - play it up to them and they will hold the ball up and bring others into play (especially if at chest height) - we have seen/heard recently that Colins did this really well against Villa and Sheff U . Then he could play with Martin who would feed off that like Cox did with Paynter (11 and 29 for those 2) . Or can play with Williams who would look to get in behind . OK last few games this has not been looking that great but earlier in the season these 2 looked a real handful together . I thinjk Williams and Martin could work together too with one dropping deep and one getting in behind . So we now have 3 different styles to give 3 different partnerships . Stroey is similar to Williams and Rooney to Collins so would see them as like for like swaps London Red
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