Dear God, it has dawned on Allardyce all of a sudden that we need defenders! Most of us have been saying all season that we have sub standard full backs and need cover for the centre back positions, but it's taken until mid January and a 3-0 thumping at Sunderland for Allardyce to Dot Cotton on.
Allardyce is bemoaning the injury situation but what does he expect? Demel, McCartney, Collins and O'Brien hardly have a good track record in that department do they? All of them have had extended spells out of the game over their careers and Demel, in particular, appears to need months of recovery time whenever he picks up a knock or a pull.
The trouble is, clubs now know we are desperate and anybody we do bring in is likely to be a panic signing and grossly overpriced. But we need to act and act fast. The clubs at the bottom are closing on us and we are not out of a relegation dog fight yet. Remember, we were too good to go down the last time Joe Cole played in the team!