In light of reading one contributor's comment about Antony Gardner, it made me realise about the signings Moyes seems to make every season in order to just play in the reserves.
Now I'm not having a go at Moyes, it's just that I can't seem to figure out why he has signed players with clearly no intention of playing them.
Anyhow, here is a list of the players (of what I can remember anyway):
Li Weifeng — I think he came as part of that awful Kejian deal, however I'm sure he had an interest in him anyway. I can recall him playing one game against Southampton away — apart from that, a few bench appearances.
Ibrahim Said — he was an Egyptian international who never even played a game; just a few bench appearances to note.
Eddie Bosnar — same as above but only this time an Australian international.
Guillerme Plessis — a French youngster who, like the above two players, just about got on the bench a few times.
Antony Gardner — in my opinion a bit of a yard dog every time I've seen him play. Was bought as cover for defence.
Now the issue here with me — apart from money spend on fees and wages obviously being pissed up the wall — is that why even contemplate signing a player when there is absolutely no intention of playing them? All of these players — and even higher profile players like Gravesen and Van Der Meyde — fall into this bracket, as there has been times over the years where we have been lacking in numbers in these departments, yet these have never been called upon. True, it might be because they are shite — which adds to the point even further of why even sign them in the first place?
I think Moyes is a brilliant manager and we are going places with him, and I would never put that in doubt. However he does need to detract from signing worthless players, because more and more questions will continue to be put in front of him.
John Nelson, Posted 30/04/2008 at 13:06:08
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Taking Anthony Gardner as a case to illustrate the point, he was brought in as cover for the departed Alan Stubbs. Imagine that the injury crisis that decimated the forward line had happened in defence instead — assuming Gardner was fit, of course, he would have needed to step in had two of Yobo, Lescott and Jagielka been injured at the same time. Can you imagine the slaughtering Moyes would have received had he not signed back-up?
Gravesen was an emergency acquisition when the Fernandes deal collapsed last August — he wouldn't have been signed otherwise. Li Weifeng was the result of an embarrassing case of mistaken identity and wasn't supposed to join us at all. No surprise that he only ever played in the Reserves.
1 Posted 30/04/2008 at 22:30:58
2 Posted 30/04/2008 at 23:17:33
Okay Gardner is a bit different, but..
hmmm.. no, I think this is fair point.
Let?s not forget Anderson de Silva and several youngsters too.
What about the Brazilian boy who got injured?
3 Posted 30/04/2008 at 23:29:53
4 Posted 01/05/2008 at 06:08:48
I call that sensible management to have a look at a player before paying a transfer fee.
What exactly do you want of Moyes?
Some people really do take the biscuit - if it?s not gung ho football its gung ho transfers.
Gardner was a good bit of work by Spurs to get some of his wages of their books for a while. No doubt they and possibly doctors said that Gardner?s injury was monir and he would be up and running in no time, but this was obviously not the case.
5 Posted 01/05/2008 at 08:49:43
6 Posted 01/05/2008 at 12:55:11
Using Rodrigo as an example is a bit unfair, he was supposed to be here on a one-year loan as a try-before-you-buy, in the same vein as Li Tie, Joseph Yobo, Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar.
And if you go back and re-watch the Season Review that season, Rodrigo did actually play the first three games before he got injured - and it looked like he was doing enough to warrant a possible permanent signature. Then did his knee in and it all went pear-shaped.
I?d much rather we pick up little gems like that for peanuts as squad cover firstly and be prudent with our money then spend over-inflated prices on complete trash and have them rot in the reserves (not looking at anyone in red in particular!).
7 Posted 01/05/2008 at 13:03:31
I am not having a go at Moyes. I am just perusing the notion of buying players who aren’t even going to bbe used as back up. Again, I shall reiterate to some people who find reading a difficult task - why buy players for no apparant reason whatsoever?
8 Posted 02/05/2008 at 23:49:44