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Gardner... Why?

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Getting Pienaar signed up soon will be an outstanding piece of business, but not a surprising one. It is exactly how the Tim Howard deal worked last year ? except with Pienaar we do not have to worry about any gentlemen's agreement. We can safely call EFC a ?savvy? club when it comes to player transfers.

Moyes, by all accounts, is the best when it comes to scouting defensive talent. Krøldrup aside, he has signed some outstanding defenders in Yobo, Lescott, Jags, and Baines. Which leads me to my question ?Why has he signed Anthony Gardener? Has Moyes seen something in him that Spurs (who have been one of the worst defensive units in the recent past) can?t see? Moyes is not to type to panic buy, even on loan and especially defenders. Gardener will find first team appearances tough to come by at this stage of the season with Lescott, Yobo and Jags fighting it out for the central defensive spots; so why is he here? Does Moyes see him as a potential squad player?

Gardner is injury prone, others are ahead of him in the pecking order, and I can only thinkhe was only bought for short term and loan won?t be renewed.

On the other hand, p[erhpas Moyes sees in him a long-term imposing Center Back, both for cover and for a time when he might want to use a 5 man defense (I know I?ve just committed blasphemy)
Nigel Gregson, Sydney, Australia     Posted 24/02/2008 at 00:03:57

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Connor Rohrer
1   Posted 25/02/2008 at 13:41:22

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He’s just backup. If Jagielka, Lescott and Yobo had been injured then he would be good cover. He’s not as awful as people make out to be honest. He’s not brilliant but he’s a capable centre half and good fourth choice cover.

If we had have had injury problems then Rodwell might have had to be called on and whilst he’s a very talented lad he’s not experienced enough and it would have been too much for him. I fully expect Rodwell to be our fourth choice centre half next season as he’s been training with the first team for a while now, he’s very very talented and when he has a proper pre-season with the first team and some friendly he’ll show what he’s about.

But for now Gardner is that man and its good that Moyes got someone in.

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