Coleman content with dealings
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman has declared himself content with his January transfer dealings.
Fulham boss Chris Coleman has declared himself content with his January transfer dealings, whilst at the same time intimating he could be ready to make further acquisitions in January.
The Welsh tactician concurred on deals to bring both goalkeeper Jan Lastuvka and wide man Wayne Routledge to Craven Cottage on season-long loan arrangements.
Relief at a double capture was, though, tempered somewhat by the sale of Steed Malbranque, in a departure that ended one of the more protracted transfer stories of the summer when he moved to Tottenham.
Coleman is confident that his side can push on in The Premiership, of the opinion that having added depth to his ranks a top half finish is within their grasp.
"We're happy with the business we've carried out this transfer window," said Coleman.
"We missed out on another player who we were quite confident of signing, but we couldn't get him.
"I'm happy with this squad and come January, depending on how we're doing, we could see a bit more movement.
"With the squad we've got now, I think we've got a good chance to prove that we're good enough to be in the top half of the table.
"Jan's got good experience and has represented his country. He's a good, young keeper and is very well regarded.
"He's here for the year's loan and will be in good company with Antti Niemi and Mark Crossley. We lost Tony Warner and Jaro Drobny, so we needed to add another quality keeper.
"Antti's 35 and Mark's 38 so we needed to bring in some youth to complement the experience we've already got in that position.
"Everybody remembers Wayne from his time at Palace. He's a very dangerous right-sided player with plenty of pace. We've got to be patient with him because he's missed a lot of football, he had an injury at Tottenham and he went on-loan to Portsmouth last season where he also got injured.
"When he was at Palace, he played every Premiership game for them and we'll be looking to get him back to that level and beyond.
"He's got great potential and he will balance us nicely down the right hand side."
Coleman concedes that it was in the best interests of both player and club that Malbranque left, eager to draw a line under what has been a long-standing problem.
"The recent situation wasn't good for the club or the player, he's gone to Tottenham and I think the move was in the best interest of all parties."