From David Moyes's most recent comments about his diminutive midfield, it would suggest that he clearly views this area of the team as one that requires strengthening. In looking at what is coming through the academy, Kissock is probably the only midfielder with a chance of making the step up; however, questions have already been raised about his stature and physical presence.
Carsley, although continuing to perform admirably, is getting no younger; Gravesen is probably also a stop-gap in real terms, and evidently there is money in the transfer kitty left over from the summer, with Moyes also reiterating that cash will be made available.
Speculation has continued around the red-herring Riquelme transfer with his continuing non-selection for Villarreal this season and the collapse of his move to Atletico Madrid. It will be interesting to see who Moyes moves for in January or next season; he tried hard for both Fernades and Porto's Lucho so he clearly views a player with skill, physical presence and athleticism as a requirement.
A player in the mould and with the experience of Stefan Frings would also be an ideal candidate. One thing's for sure: the next signing will be crucial to our continuing improvement... so let's hope DM gets it right.
Peter Laing, Posted 07/11/2007 at 16:46:17
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And the way our game worlks, we can easily lose a few of the vital jigsaw parts for long periods through injury... I understand the point but I think the analogy is flawed.
1 Posted 07/11/2007 at 17:57:29
2 Posted 07/11/2007 at 18:58:42
However I dont think we only need a dominate central midfielder to be the finished article.
I still think there are a few positions that need to be addressed
An out and out left winger would be one I would puruse, if Boro go down or struggle again Downing will become available
Seems a Moyes type player
3 Posted 07/11/2007 at 19:14:40
4 Posted 07/11/2007 at 19:21:25
5 Posted 07/11/2007 at 19:46:11
Defence is very light, if Lescott got injured we’d be desperate. we only have Yobo, Stubbs, Lescott and Jagielkas only played 70 minutes for us there So we are in need of a good centre half!
On the midfield subject....Vidarsson seems to be something special unless im mistaken?!
We need a Moutinho, Riquelme, Appiah type player. anyone who will improve our ranks.
6 Posted 07/11/2007 at 19:52:45
7 Posted 07/11/2007 at 20:18:19
Yobo has played as a holding midfielder and was shite at it. Don?t you remember ?
Also, Jagielka?s best position is centre half, so we?re not desperate for a another one. There?s a kid in the youth team (Jack Rodwell) who looks the business so I don?t see that area as a priority.
A dominant presence in central midfield is what we lack. Someone with a bit of everything, pace, power, passing ability. I?ve no idea who, mind.
8 Posted 07/11/2007 at 20:19:27
9 Posted 07/11/2007 at 20:44:18
10 Posted 07/11/2007 at 22:55:06
Lescott in midfield would be like putting Hibbo in goal, or Howard up front - pointless! Lescott couldn’t trap a a bag of cement, his passing is piss-poor and he has very little ball control; he’s good at what he does - defending, leave him there.
11 Posted 08/11/2007 at 03:06:18
12 Posted 08/11/2007 at 10:25:30