Just a thought on the midfield and in particular a holding midfielder. Don't get me wrong: Carsley is doing fantastic again this season....but he is getting on a bit.
I watched the Arsenal - Blackburn game last night and one player for me stood out. Maybe because I was looking for a holding midfielder. I don't know. Lassana Diarra, what a player. He can tackle. Get stuck in, protects the back four and more inportantly finds the right shirt everytime he passes. It's reported in the press he's unhappy at lack of starts at the Arsenal.... I think he'd be perfect. Plus he ticks all the Moyes boxes for age and maybe he's within our budget too
John Hughes, Posted 19/12/2007 at 10:31:57
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1 Posted 19/12/2007 at 10:51:43
2 Posted 19/12/2007 at 12:49:57
Think if they do become abvailable there may be a bit of competition for their signatures though!
3 Posted 19/12/2007 at 13:47:00
He is good on the ball and gets stuck in. I think a loan deal in January with a view to a permanent signing in the summer would be the wayt to go for this class midfielder.
4 Posted 19/12/2007 at 16:35:22
5 Posted 19/12/2007 at 16:06:27
Diarra is a quality little player. Not Arsenal class but definatly good enough for us. He’s decent on the ball, decent passing range, excellent positioning, good pace and strong for a little fella. Obviously he’s not the biggest but neither is Carsley the man he would be replacing. He was under Makelele’s wing at Chesea so I think that would have done him good also.
I think we might have to bring two midfielders in January. Maybe a buy and a loan. A central midfielder and a wide player would be good to boost the options. On a creative front we aso need a player depending on how Gravesen performs. If Tommy shows he can compete then he is a good stop gap but if not we need to get someone creative. Maybe someone like Koumas or more unlikely Fernandes.
6 Posted 19/12/2007 at 16:54:51
If he’s not Arsenal class then he’s not our class either! But I do think he would be a good acquisition.
No thanks to Koumas (not good enough)and Downing (too expensive). I think we should try Huddleston and or Pedersen neither starting regularly for Spuds and Blackburn both would fit well.
7 Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:49:10
on another note diaby and diarra looked fantastic and i?d love them at everton
if we could get them as a package for 6mil that would be great business, but i think diarra has to stay at arsenal this season cos you can?t play for 3 clubs in one season can you?
8 Posted 19/12/2007 at 17:53:44
Koumas is better than both Huddlestone and Pedersen in my opinion. Huddlestone is a decent prospect but he has alot of flaws. He’s slow, overweight, lazy and doesn’t put his foot in as much as he should for a big guy. His passing range is his one major plus but even then he’s not what I would call a defensive midfielder but more of a deep lying play maker.
Pedersen isn’t in Blackburn’s team because he is one dimensional. Despite having an excellent shot and being excellent at set pieces he doesn’t have alot to his game. He’s not particularly quick or skillful and this is a must in a good winger. Much rather have Bentley who is a much better all round midfielder. Decent payer but over rated.
9 Posted 19/12/2007 at 22:49:48
10 Posted 20/12/2007 at 10:12:52
11 Posted 20/12/2007 at 12:39:25
Albelda has been told he can leave Valencia in January and El Mundo Deportivo says the club captain favours a move away from Spain.
Everton, Spurs and also Juventus are being mentioned as possible destinations.
12 Posted 20/12/2007 at 13:25:31