Monday, 2 February 2009

Transfer window : 16 hours left

  • Big news today is the signing of Shay Given for £7.5million. This feels like a bit of a luxury compared to other buys - we don't need him like we needed Bridge, de Jong and Bellamy. But nevertheless a very good buy. We've spent the last eighteen months with just Hart and Schmeichel (Isaksson played a few games in 2007/08) so it's nice to have some extra quality and experience in there. He's contracted for as long as Hart (until summer 2013) so I'm sure we'll see a lot of him.
  • And there was one departure today too: Tal Ben Haim on loan to Sunderland. I don't usually say this about City players, but I'm pleased to see him go. Almost as destructive off the pitch as he was on it, he was an unambiguously bad buy.
  • But not as bad as Jô, who may well leave tomorrow. Everton's striking crisis is now so bad that they're keen on taking the £19m man on loan for the rest of the season. How embarrassing for Victor Anichebe. This is good for City though: he's more likely to get game time than he is with us, and his attitude could do with the punishment of being sent out on loan. Any chance of Arteta and Jagielka in return?
  • The one big move in we may see tomorrow is Roque Santa Cruz. Reports in Monday's papers suggest that a fourth bid (sixth including the two in August) has been made, for a rather ludicrous £20million. We could really do with him, but I wouldn't be too surprised if the price tag means that we look elsewhere. I'd love a big surprise tomorrow afternoon.


BluePeter said...

Most people seem to be giving RSC a hard time: 'one season wonder', 'not worth £12m never mind £20'.

I bet they weren't saying that last season when he was banging them in for fun and being coveted by most managers.

Surely you pay what a player is worth at the time - if the toothless debacle at Stoke was not enough to convince people that we need a target man the way we currently play, then - don't know what will.

We could discuss all day long the relative worth of players but in the end if you really need a certain type of player and the managers of the clubs that possess that type of player know it, then it is a sellers market.

Just think how much £20m for RSC would really be if it helped us qualify for Europe next season by either finishing high enough up the table or winning the UEFA Cup.

It doesn't have to be RSC though, any similar type of player Sparky can snaffle on the final day would be good.

Surely people must have seen the emphasis placed on pumping high balls up into the Stoke defence when we had no one over 5ft 9ins to challenge for them.

Okay play another way, play it along the floor to feet - that didn't work at Stoke either.

ChrisR said...

I agree about Santa Cruz. He was being linked with United recently enough, and it's fair to say they rarely sign strikers worth much less than £20mill nowadays. On top of pure income through Europe next season, working our way up the league will encourage the next level of player to join us. I feel RSC was an opportunity missed, but in many ways he needed to be if we're not going have the piss taken out of us for every player enquiry for the next 5 years