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The January Transfer Window, Redux

Soccer - SPFL Championship - Rangers v Queen of the South - Ibrox Stadium

The word “canny” comes to mind…

Well, Ross County gave me 24 hours to catch my breath and then they signed two more players.

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Oscar Gobern

First up we have winger Oscar Gobern who turned down a contract extension with Mansfield Town to sign with the Staggies for the remainder of the season.  Gobern, 25, comes to Dingwall from League Two, but prior to this season he has spent his entire career between contracts with Championship sides (Southampton, Huddersfield Town, and QPR) and loans to League One sides (MK Dons, Chesterfield, and Doncaster).  Gobern most likely sees a move north as a chance to get the kind of playing time that, after perhaps an 18 month run with County, will get him a contract with a club in the upper half of League One or the lower half of the Championship.  So, County get a big, young, talented player with something to prove, and Gobern gets a chance to show potential suitors that he’s worth a contract.

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Milan Lalkovic

Next up is Slovakian winger/forward Milan Lalkovic, who joins County on loan for the rest of the season.  The 24 year old is a product of Chelseas youth program and has played for his country at every international level up to U21.  While at Chelsea he had loan spells at Doncaster Rovers, Den Haag, Vitoria SC, and Wallsall.  He then moved to the Czech Republic for a year before returning to England to play Barnsley, Wallsall, and most recently, Portsmouth, who have loaned him to the Staggies.  Pompey supporters appear to be a bit put out at Lalkovic’s move north and I think we can take that as a good sign.  I also think we can surmise that former Staggie and fellow Slovakians Filip Kiss and Erik Cikos may a have had a word with Lalkovic about moving to Victoria Park.

Finally, it’s worth noting that these signings (and those detailed here a few days ago) do not have the feel of desperation about them as some of McIntyre’s earlier moves (and many of Derek Adams’ moves) had about them.  They address the needs that every one within and without the club have identified, and in the case of today’s two signings, the club had tried to sign both players during the summer, so I think we can safely assume that they’ve been thoroughly scouted and deemed well-suited to the club and its needs.

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