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SWINDON TOWN: Stick or twist?
SWINDON boss Paolo Di Canio still has room in his budget for one more signing after a busy day of transfer business at the County Ground.
The Italian unveiled Charlton midfielder Danny Hollands and Norwich striker Chris Martin as the newest members of his squad yesterday, following a frustrating spell where the club’s transfer embargo prevented him from adding to his injury-hit squad.
But there was also a departure as Paul Benson made a temporary switch to Portsmouth, and the striker’s move as well as Luke Rooney’s loan to Rotherham last week has given the Town boss money to play with.
“For this we decided in this way because with Benson and Rooney out, even if they pay a bit and not everything, it can help us to have space to bring in another player,” said Di Canio.
“At the moment I know what position I want, but now it is more difficult because the few that were proposed to me in the last few days are players that don’t give me extra quality, and I prefer to play with my players because they know what I want.
“They believe fully in my regime and I don’t need to bring in players just to bring them in.
“I am waiting, if there is an opportunity to bring in a player in the area I need like Hollands or Martin, with the quality.
“Otherwise I will stay with my players.”
In an ideal world Di Canio would have liked to have kept hold of Benson, but the Italian needed to free up money to strengthen other areas of the side.
“In the past I wanted to keep everyone because all of them were different, but we couldn’t for the reason I have said before," he said.
“I decided for him although it is obvious we are going to miss a man who challenges more in the air, but the way we play now we are going to play more directly and in a manner you can see all through the middle and in the channel, so if I had to sacrifice one player, Paul was one.
“I received two requests for him and I didn’t even say one to him because in my opinion it wasn’t fair. League Two, a long way from Swindon.
“But Portsmouth is League One and a big club and he can remain with his family and go up and down and play football with a chance to maybe win another contract.
“This is why I sacrificed one, otherwise I would keep Paul, but we can’t at the moment.”