Tuesday, 21 April 2009

RSC still wants out

One of the more interminable transfer sagas of recent years looks set for a summer revival:

"I have already told [Blackburn], and they know that before the transfer window closes I would like to continue my career at a bigger, more ambitious team," revealed the 27-year-old."

There's not too much point in speculating on this before we know firmly whether or not Mark Hughes will be the manager for next season. Should he stay, we will surely make yet another move for the Paraguayan target man. I can't really see Frank Rijkaard or Roberto Mancini trying to bring him to City though.

But is he good enough? If we do stick with Hughes, we will need to be quite significantly better next season than we have been this year. And while Roque Santa Cruz is better than Benjani and Caicedo, is he sufficiently better to bring about the improvement we need? Or can we look higher up the market? Thierry Henry? Diego Milito? Luís Fabiano?


jfell said...


trinder said...

I'm sick to death of us being linked with Santa Cruz. He is not good enough. As I wrote a few weeks ago:

Bayern: 31 league goals in 7 seasons.
Never more than 5 in a single year.

Blackburn: 19 league goals in first season
4 league goals in 20 games in second season.

Almost 28 years old, 65 league goals.

Is that what we need?
No it isn't.

pjdemers said...

The factor that needs to be considered is that those 19 goals he scored in his first season where under Sparky's tenure (It was also Sparky who signed him). Like Bellamy, Hughes seems to be able to get the best out RSC.

I do think there is a very good chance we might be able to tempt Henry to come to City. He'd be a welcome addition not just for what he brings to the pitch, but he also seems to bring a calming influence to the dressing room. The key is if Barcelona are able to sign Ribery. If they don't then all bets are off.