Date: 31st August 2017 at 12:24pm
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Northern Ireland international Adam Thompson has been snapped up by the Bantams in what appears to be a bit of an unusual move. I like to let the news of a signing sink in first before commenting on the deal and then try and give as much of an objective view as I can, I know sometimes I do fall into the trap and let my emotions and passion seep through at times.

Who shakered this deal?
Adam Thompson is heavily experienced for his young age, 165 senior appearances for various clubs, most of which came with Southend, 121 in total over the past 4 years in all competitions. The former Watford youth player turned down a much improved contract at Southend earlier this close season, and although gaining a lot of interest from many clubs, some from a higher level, Thompson decided to join Bury on a 3 year deal.

Last season Southend missed out on the League 1 play offs with the 6’1′ central defender making 45 appearances in all competitions, scoring once and receiving 5 yellows. Bury were very excited at getting his signature this July, but disappointingly Adam has only made 3 appearances for the Shakers, twice in the league and once in the League cup over a space of 8 days, his last match almost 3 weeks ago.

So a season long loan for Thompson seems a bit of an odd bit of business for Bury, the player is offered a 3 year contract, a lot of excitement garnered as soon as his pen touched the contract, and then farmed off to a rival about a month later. Bury fans seem baffled by the decision with the word ‘ridiculous’ banded about quite regular, I think I would feel the same if we loaned Chicksen out or Reeves for an entire season at this stage.

Quietly confident
We needed a bit of depth at the back 4, and Thompson I think will slot in very nicely, the prospect of him playing alongside Vincelot is a bit mouth watering, but who will be sacrificed? Could McMahon be reverted back to the midfield playing in front of the back 4? Will Knight-Percival be dropped? Could we play with 3 centre backs? All of a sudden our defence on paper looks a lot stronger than it did a week or so back and with the return of Vincelot, 3 into 2 doesn’t go. I am sure McCall hasn’t brought in Thompson to sit twiddling his thumbs either. If McCall wants to rub a couple of noses the wrong way, then quite rightly so, our defenders have had a month to make a mark, and out of the summer signings at the back, I think this is the one that can get a few smiles back and might be the answer to the question most of us have been asking since Clarke, Darby, Meredith and McArdle left Valley Parade for a final time. This will push Kilgallon further down the pecking order and could we see any departures before the window closes?

McCall and Abbott have done good
Intriguing, and I mean that in a good sense of the word.

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