Date: 1st February 2008 at 1:49pm
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The January transfer window has closed, the rumours can now be put to bed, and we know that Glenn Whelan has left to Stoke, while Kav has returned, and Enoch Showunmi has signed on loan.

I must admit, that although I’d expected Glenn to leave for pastures new since he’d admitted he’d put his contract renewal to one side all those months ago, the news that he’d left to Stoke City shocked me when I woke up this morning.

I’d heard the rumours linking him to West Brom, Bolton and Watford in recent weeks, but I’d never expected him to make the switch to Stoke City, no matter how well they’re doing this season.

Tony Pulis’ men stand a good chance of bagging a play-off spot this season, and have spent well in the January transfer window, but it just hammered home what kind of situation we’re in as a club when it seems we can’t compete with a club like Stoke, sorry Stoke fans.

Glenn is one player I’d have loved to hold on to, no doubt about it, but I can’t help but feel that some fans saw him as a much better player than he was for us – I believe he can be quite easily replaced.

I said I was shocked to see Glenn leave, but there was also a sense of shock when i saw that Laws had acted quickly in bringing Kav back to the club on loan until the end of the season.

I loved him when he was here, indeed he helped us turn around our season after that shocking start, but I never thought I’d see him returning to Wednesday anytime soon, especially surrounding the rumours of clubs such as Leicester City being after him.

Kav will no doubt be a sound replacement for Glenn, until the end of the season at least, and who knows, he could bag a contract with us for next season if he continues to impress the Owls’ faithful.

On to Enoch Showunmi – the Bristol City player who can’t seem to get much of a game for the Robins this season.

Again, it’s a case of many Wednesday fans, including myself initially, looking at it as us signing a reject from a club promoted from League One last season.

Maybe Showunmi isn’t City’s first choice striker, maybe he isn’t the next Leroy Lita, but looking at it, it’s a good, solid signing who will more than plug the gap for a month at least while we get some of our regular strikers back to full fitness.

Showunmi will offer something different to Burton and Tudgay, and he’ll be keen to impress during the month he’s here, so I believe he’ll turn out to be a good addition to the squad – hey, it’s more than I expected!

The proof will no doubt be in the pudding against Ipswich Town tomorrow…