I will lay my cards on the table. I firmly belive that the transfer windows should be shut before the season starts, and this ludicrous Emergency Transfer window should be scrapped. I thought the reason behind clubs having U21, U18 teams was to provide backup for first team injuries, suspensions etc..
What construes an Emergency, especially when the season has only just started.?
I may go along with a week in early January for transfers, but they need to be permanent ones, not loans. There seems to be a lot of players going out on loan to either get match time after injuries, or they can't get a place in their home team.
We are lacking an imposing CM, but bringing in someone with this experience is a massive gamble. I agree thats statistics are not the be all and end all, but they do give an indication of the players experience and potential.