reply to post by budski
I agree with almost everything you say mate... except for Carroll really.
But as you said, Benitez would have bought much better.
I agree with the parts of the article that say we paid Abu Dhabi Money for Costco players.... well not exactly, that's a little harsh, but we paid a
lot of money for a lot of average, mid table mediocrity.
Hendo will be a useful player and will certainly benefit the squad, and with the right training has the potential to improve a lot.... and I'm not as
bothered by him as a couple of the others, but still, for the money, could have bought better.
Carroll... now here's where I do have an issue.
He's not the worst player and he's good in the air, has a good shot and can (or sorry, should) hold the ball up well.... I just don't think he's the
player we're looking for... and I don't think we should change our style to suit him, nor do I believe that he can adapt or is skilful enough to adapt
to our way of playing.
It was a gamble and sometimes gambles are what's needed... I just think this was a little like backing a 100/1 shot and thinking that he had a serious
chance of winning.
I mean for £35m.... there aren't many targets we couldn't have got for that... I would like to see a proven goalscorer play in front (or alongside)
Suarez and really get some fire power, not take a punt on a player who obviously has potential but is always going to be an average to above average
player who will struggle to compete and take on the best defenders in the league.
Downing is a decent squad player... again, crosses the ball well, has a good left peg and stats wise is not too shabby... but as you said, we were
looking at Mata and other similar players.
To go from that to Downing... who again, is decent and would do well at Villa or Everton or somewhere... I just don't think he's what we need.
Adam... again, cracking left foot, great range of passing and excellent dead ball.... but not a lot else.
Doesn't track back too well, needless free kicks given away.... but as you say, £7m is the kind of punt I'm happy to take and he does add a bit of a
creative spark to the midfield, and yes... we Need Lucas or another DM to clear up after him.
I agree with you on Spearing... a decent little player and not a bad addition to any squad, but not first choice, first team material.... I mean he's
what now... 23-24? Been around the club for a long time and has made a couple of dozen appearances in that time?
If we want to seriously challenge.... and this is a once in a generation thing right now, with all the money the owners have spent and are willing to
spend, with their attitude and desire to win and drive the club forward.. we need to seriously stop picking up average squad players and start buying
up the best in the world and the top rated youngsters.... our signings would have been fine for a team like Fulham (no disrespect to them) but are
seriously not what a team who are slowly falling further and further behind needs and a team who want to break back into the top four need..... this
is what, 3rd season with no CL football?
I just really hope this opportunity will not pass us by and we'll look back in a season or two and think.... "Why the **** did we buy these
I have faith, that come the summer (and this really is our big chance) we need a serious rethink and a pretty decent shake up of the current player
and an injection of new (quality) blood.
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