TRANSFER WINDOW ANALYSIS: What Paul Dickov is planning to do this month

Paul Dickov will oversee a big January makeover after he was left fuming by the defeat to Stevenage.
Paul Dickov will oversee a big January makeover after he was left fuming by the defeat to Stevenage.

The January transfer window in recent years has been a slow burner for Rovers and their expectant fans - but not this year.

Paul Dickov has wasted very little time in capturing Richie Wellens and Abdoulaye Meite, while James Harper, Dave Syers and Billy Paynter have been allowed to leave and Martin Woods could soon follow them out of the exit door.

Dickov’s hand was rather forced after the diabolical display against Stevenage in the FA Cup.

That was the straw that broke the camel’s back after a run of no wins in the last eight in all competitions - and it could prove to be the cue for the busiest January makeover in the club’s recent history.

Meite has been brought in to provide experience and cover at the back, a deal that has been on the cards since the Ivory Coast defender turned up at Cantley Park in November, and was completed this week following the less-than-ideal injury update on skipper Rob Jones.

Out too have gone loan duo Reece Wabara and Yun Suk-Young, primarily due to the form of Paul Quinn and return to fitness of James Husband respectively.

Given Liam Wakefield’s difficult introduction to first team life, Dickov is still keen to add another defender who can cover at right back and centre back.

But his priorities lie further forward, with Rovers the second lowest scorers in the Championship and averaging less than a goal a game.

Finding at least one quick, mobile striker to partner Chris Brown will be Dickov’s most important business of the window.

And the manager will be reaching for his sizeable contacts book in an attempt to lure someone of real pedigree that can fire Rovers out of the bottom three.

Federico Macheda has returned to Manchester United and, by all accounts, it might be a case of thanks, but no thanks with the Italian.

Macheda’s form in his second loan spell at Rovers left a lot to be desired and Dickov will examine other options before calling David Moyes with a renewed loan offer.

United would rather find a buyer anyhow, and Doncaster are not interested in paying a fee.

Dickov was given the green light by the board to add two new faces - a centre back and a centre forward - but Syers’ departure for a fee in the region of £50k will give him slightly more room to manoeuvre.

It’s two in so far, and effectively six out when you include Wabara, Yun and Macheda.

So stand by for Dickov to break the mould of recent years and hit those January sales, because a few keenly-spotted bargains over the next few weeks could be the difference between survival and relegation.