As all eyes turn towards Brazil, back home the Cobblers have completed their latest transfer to remind us that hard work is still being done on home shores to shape our beloved club ready for our own big kick off in August. That all seems a long time away at the moment with all the fanfare across the seas and on our TV screens reaching fever pitch over the next few days but it doesn’t take away from the excitement of another solid signing for Town this afternoon.
Kaid Mohamed arrives on a season long loan deal from Port Vale with the winger, who can play on either flank, coming in to fill in one of Chris Wilder’s key target positions having already tied Chris Hackett down to a fresh contract earlier in the summer. Mohammed’s experience in the lower leagues reached its peak at Cheltenham Town when he signed in 2011 and hit eleven goals in his debut season to tie with Darryl Duffy as the club’s leading scorer. The following season saw him net seven times and ended when the Cobblers knocked the Rubies out of the League Two playoffs at the semi-final stage.
Mohamed left Whaddon Road that summer to sign a two year deal with Port Vale who had just won automatic promotion to League One. He struggled to break into the first team, though, and was farmed out to AFC Wimbledon (one of his former clubs) between November and January. Towards the end of January, he joined Bristol Rovers on another loan deal and played 21 times but couldn’t prevent the Gas from relegation.
The first thing that strikes me here is the length of the loan deal – I’ve always been an advocate of long term loans rather than quick month long deals and it’s great to see Chris Wilder and co going with a full season deal for this one. It suits both parties with Vale obviously not interested in putting their faith in Mohamed in their first team and the Cobblers not tied down to a full contract should things not work out.
Despite not making too much of a mark in League One there’s no doubting his quality at this level based on those couple of seasons as one of the stars of Cheltenham’s runs to successive top seven finishes. If he can inspire the Cobblers to something of that ilk then he can probably stay for longer!
Wilder now moves on to his other targets which now sit, by my maths, a right back, a left back, a central midfielder and a target man. With the fixtures for next season out next week and the League Cup draw coming up on Tuesday there’s still plenty of things to keep some of our focus at least on the many changing scenes at Sixfields.