As a supporter of the club for over 60 years I am pleased to see a turnaround in our fortunes, due mainly to David Moyes developing as a manager over the last few years, from a rather raw novice to a reasonably adept tactician. Game tactics were not his strong point when he arrived from Preston and it has taken him until this season to mature but he now looks like the real Macoy!
Regarding the January sales: I hope that, should he get rid of a striker, then Johnson would be my preference. My reasons are as follows:
- Osman is developing into a similar sort of player and can now do the same job as Andy.
- It would be wise to keep McFadden as we do not have another like him with the unpredictability factor, something most defenders find difficult to manage. He could work well alone or in tandem with Osman up front.
- Vaughan is not quite the finished product yet and so could not be relied on to perform week in week out at present.
- Anichebe is nearer but still needs experience under his belt before he can regularily lead the line.
- Yak is the finished product and just needs careful management to keep him fit and flowing.
I'm not convinced that Anton Fredinand is the right man for us, although it would be convenient as the Hammers seem keen on Andy but it may be that we should look abroad where there are many talented midfielders available.
The present squad are beginning to play in a style similar to the first Kendall teams and this pleases me but that team had midfield power which this one is missing. Arteta of course is a very talened player but his best and most effective role is as a winger in old style. Oh for a Peter Farrell to turn up!
Peter Davis, Posted 10/12/2007 at 15:06:54
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1 Posted 11/12/2007 at 08:10:29
1. AJ is quick, Osman slow
2. Osman good first touch, AJ bad first touch
3. Osman midfielder, AJ forward
4. AJ plays on last defenders shoulder, Osman behind
2 Posted 11/12/2007 at 09:41:53
McFadden must go - he is a waste - and at this moment in time we should get 5/6m for him?
Need Manny back - I know he snubbed us - but I think he was Ill advised !
3 Posted 11/12/2007 at 09:41:55
But then you totally had me in stitches when you suggested we take Anton (big time charly, not in same league as my brother) Ferdinand in part ex for the hardest working striker & the only one with pace in the squad...............
Gotta disagree mate
4 Posted 11/12/2007 at 09:41:23
he is an england international who is a bit short of confidence
he has bags of pace and he?s a really hard worker
him and yakubu together could be awesome
johnson the workhorse and yakubu reaping the benefits
i don?t rate faddy, never have, i feel sorry for him, we all get on his back and he KNOWS we do so he tries too hard and fucks up!
its a shame because with the right crowd and the right manager he could be good week in week out, but i seriously doubt that will ever happen with us
5 Posted 11/12/2007 at 09:49:47
I can see a defender and a central midfielder coming in, possibly a wide midfielder too.
With the Yak and Victor away, Vaughan always injured, we would need McFadden during this period, so I think he will see the season out. We could get a nice sum of money for him as Celtic & Rangers and probably Birmingham will bid for him.
We are also linked at the moment with 3 youngsters Tozer, Gosling and Gunter. Gunter is 19 and the current Welsh right back. They would cost possibly 4m between them.
6 Posted 11/12/2007 at 10:52:45
7 Posted 11/12/2007 at 10:49:56
Assuming we can’t find anyone to take Shandy away, I very much doubt anyone will be heading to the exits with the ACN around the corner.
As for Leon, despite his diminutive stature, he’s turning into a proper little box to box CM.. he knits the team together well, and we do appear to play better football when he’s in the middle of the park, due mainly to his willingness to show for the ball quite deep, giving an alternative to the Hoof upfield. I’ve got to be honest, i was never his biggest fan, but am more than happy to eat my words.
As for purchases in the window, Gunter would be nice for the future, but a creative player for the flanks would be my priority, to save Leon from being shunted out. While Pienaar is away, i see the 3 CM slots being filled by Cars, Leon and Timmy (with Tommy as backup) and Mikky and A N Other on the flanks.
Having said all of the above, I’m happy to say that this is one of the first transfer windows where we’re not really needing major surgery, just nice to haves and temporary sticking plasters... the Squad’s looking good... it’s great to be able to say that... Cheers Davey..COYB
8 Posted 11/12/2007 at 11:45:34
All this knee-jerk selling stuff is nonsensical.
9 Posted 11/12/2007 at 11:54:36
10 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:09:36
11 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:10:36
AJ will have a chance during the ANC to cement his place back in the side in the absence of the Yak.
If we could get Arshavin for 8k and unload VDM to get his wages off the books then that would be good business, if someone took Nyarko on loan maybe someone will take him.
12 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:26:35
I reckon Arshavin will go to Newcastle anyway; Moyes likes certain types of player, and to buy a Russian isn’t likely for DM I reckon - you now what he’s like; he thinks alot about whether a player would fit in, not just for his ability. He’s very astutue in that regard, hence why the team looks like they enjoy playing together/enjoy each others company. Would a Russian fit the mould? Who knows...
13 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:38:28
OK maybe a Russian wouldnt fit in here, they are not too good with the English and possibly he would need to sign another one to keep him company. He doesnt appear to have gone behind the old Iron Curtain for anyone yet but who knows.
14 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:48:20
As a player Arshavin is class and would be a great addition to any team, I just doubt whether DM will tale a punt on a young guy thats never played outside of Russia.
He knows Downing, which I think is a shame cos I dont rate him at all.
15 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:54:05
16 Posted 11/12/2007 at 12:58:36
A contract is not worth the paper it is written on. Johnson pens a new deal and probably brings his wages in line with the Yaks. His transfer value is enhanced because he has a longer contract period, however that does not mean he or anyone else for that matter with a similar contract will not leave.
17 Posted 11/12/2007 at 13:02:38
I dont think AJ will leave, but not because he’s just signed a new deal.
18 Posted 11/12/2007 at 13:01:33
Going FM mode, I’ve watched Javi Martinez a couple of times this season and he is very, very good. Exactly the kind of player we need. Possibly somewhat out of our league tho.
19 Posted 11/12/2007 at 14:35:48
20 Posted 12/12/2007 at 02:50:22