After an amazing half season for the Wycombe winger, Paris Cowan-Hall has moved to Championship side Millwall in the opening few days of the transfer window.
I had acknowledged how well Cowan-Hall had been playing and how influential he has been to our league position so far, but I still had no thoughts in my head that anyone was even looking at signing him. The rumours started flying around Twitter and within 12 hours the announcement was made that the man who joined the Chairboys from Plymouth last summer was to jump up two divisions.
Clearly, this has come as a massive shock to us as fans, and he will prove to be someone who’s very hard to replace. As part of the deal, the side from the Den have allowed us to keep Fred Onyedinma, a pacey, tricky 18 year old on loan until the end of the season. He started brilliantly with a goal on his first home start against Hartlepool at the weekend, but it will be difficult for the youngster to replace someone as big as Paris was to this team.
I hope for Paris’ sake that he really hits the ground running in the Championship, as we’ve seen what happened to the last Wycombe winger to make the jump up. I wrote, as we signed Paris, about Joel Grant leaving the club and how bad that could’ve been, but I felt at the time Paris, and Pittman (which was wrong!) would have enough to replace the Jamaican. He had a torrid first season at Yeovil, and now is playing a bit part role in a struggling League One side.
As for the rest of the window, at the end of my last post on here I asked for Gareth Ainsworth to look for another loan striker. I still think this applies. Finally Steven Craig is back to the bench and Aaron Holloway is playing well. Despite this, his contract expires sometime this month and he hasn’t as yet been offered a new one, so we could be left with Hayes, Craig and McClure, and as a side with title ambitions, that doesn’t fill me with much confidence. Hayes is playing more of a free role at the moment, and doesn’t occupy the last man when he plays. With a large number of our goals in the last two months coming from Paris, we need a goal scorer in to replace him.
Rumours have circulated in the last few days that Billy Kee is available for loan, and Wycombe are right up there as one of the favourites to sign the forward. He’s struggled at Scunthorpe after leaving Burton Albion, but he was prolific for the Brewers in the last few years. He could go back to the Pirelli Stadium, but with Adam McGurk and on loan Stuart Beavon, they have enough quality striker options, and Kee is someone I’d love to see at Wycombe, and someone who could really give us a realistic title chance.
Written by George Stokes, We Are Going Up’s Wycombe Wanderers blogger
George tweets at @georgestokes13