Apparently getting Zoltan Gera for free if he passes a medical. A great signing I think, a great squad player for us and arguably West Brom's best player during their time in the Premier League. Gives us more cover in midfield and considering he won't cost anything, it's very good.
Ben Jones, Posted 16/05/2008 at 16:13:07
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1 Posted 16/05/2008 at 16:27:30
2 Posted 16/05/2008 at 17:00:01
3 Posted 16/05/2008 at 16:59:57
you dont expect Arshavin,Joaqin,Fernandes and Bradley at the same time at GP, do you?
4 Posted 16/05/2008 at 17:02:24
5 Posted 16/05/2008 at 17:09:13
Adds a bit of height to the midfield as well. Unlikely to be a regular until injuries bite IMO.
6 Posted 16/05/2008 at 17:26:06
7 Posted 16/05/2008 at 17:55:12
8 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:01:36
9 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:03:58
10 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:12:10
11 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:30:46
None of us on this page can say we know how good or bad Zoltan Gera is. Only Baggies fans can tell us how good or not he is.
So hush up and let’s see if he signs or not first!
Lescott and Cahill haven’t been bad signings from Championship clubs have they Tony?
12 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:38:30
13 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:47:50
14 Posted 16/05/2008 at 18:58:42
Good signing on a free. We're trying to build a sqaud and someone like Zoltan Gera would be an excellent squad player for us. He?ll give the likes of Arteta, Osman, Pienaar, Cahill and possibly Fernandes good competition for the left, right and central roles.
15 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:12:01
16 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:22:00
17 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:19:25
18 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:15:01
I?m all for building a squad but we should be looking at bringing in better first team players, than using the likes of Carsley, Osman, Johnson, Hibbert an alike as our squad players.
19 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:28:44
Its not like Moyes is making him prioirty. He’s just boosting what is a very small squad.
20 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:37:34
Just been on the West Brom website and these are Gera?s stats for the season:
League Apps: 33 (plus 10 sub)
League Goals: 8
FA Cup Apps: 4 (plus 1 sub)
FA Cup Goals: 1
League Cup Apps: 1
League Cup Goals: 1
Overall Apps: 38 (Plus 11 sub)
Overall Goals: 10
Their website doesn?t include assists unfortunately, but his goals to appearances stats aren?t too bad for a midfielder.
Obviously NOT a termonal sick note!
21 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:33:47
Players who are going to make an impact in the first team is what this club needs to progress. I?m all for keeping Osman & Carsley as the squad players. I understand you're trying to be positive and trying to see some good out of it but deep down you can?t be happy.
22 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:04:14
I remember when we played West Brom last time they were in the Prem and he looked a good midfielder to me and someone who at that time I said Everton should go after once West Brom had gone down.
23 Posted 16/05/2008 at 19:54:52
24 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:02:03
Ian I?m totally with Connor on this he?s on a free, low wages and good all round cover for the MF where we want to bolster numbers. Leaves more in the kitty for that one or two "special players".
25 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:09:55
The thought of him in an Everton shirt still doesn?t make me want August to come around any quicker though... but it is early days.
26 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:17:40
At the moment we have Cahill, Pienaar, Arteta and Osman on our books in midfield. Obviously Carsley is yet to sign a contract, Manny is back at Valencia and Van der Meyde isn?t worth mentioning.
We need bodies and Zoltan Gera is a player who has the ability to be an excellent squad player and can come in and fill a gap. In the past we?ve had players like Gravesen and Van der Meyde who are supposedly squad players but the fact of the matter is they never play so there nothing. Gera will be avaible and will play his part whether its right, left or in the middle.
I?m not saying he is a big signing and Moyes will know very well he isn?t but he?s a useful player to have and certainly a talented one. The big singings will come later on in the transfer window and will actually cost money.
Gera won?t cost anything and he?s a good player. You where probably saying the same thing about Steven Pienaar and look at him. No one expected him to be as good as he is but he?s proved everyone wrong.
27 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:23:32
28 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:27:47
29 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:31:03
30 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:38:57
He’s free (if this is all true and not purely rumour) - this is opportunist and good business.
If there are few signings over the summer, I might review my opinion - but at the moment this looks like good news to me.
31 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:40:19
Gera isn’t your typical Championship player. People will be suprised when they see him. He’s a cultured player, technically gifted and certainly Premiership quality.
There are some gems in the Championship who are never given there chance to shine until there mid to late 20s. The likes of Cahill, Johnson, Jags and Lescott prove this.
32 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:26:56
I want to see us improve the first team first and foremost an utalise the players we currently have as our then " squad players ".I do take your point though that he will boost numbers but it’s not just about bringing in numbers it’s about quality as well.
As for Pienaar I was happy when we signed him on loan as I’d seen him play a few times for Ajax in the champions league including a match vs Liverpool a few seasons back. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t think he’d have quite the impact he’s had on us this quickly.
Enjoyed the discussion... It’s much easier & quicker trying to get your point across in the pub though !
33 Posted 16/05/2008 at 20:56:13
34 Posted 16/05/2008 at 21:38:15
I remember him scoring against us at Goodison last day of the 05-06 season and whilst he may not be Ferenc Puskas he?s a useful player who knows where the goal is.
Also, he?s hungry for success and showing some ambition to play at a higher Club level and these are always good pointers towards a player?s attitue and desire. Basically, when he gets his chance he?ll go for it - the complete opposite of a VDM for example, who is happy enough picking up the cash and partying.
35 Posted 16/05/2008 at 21:45:04
He is one of the best players at West Brom.
36 Posted 16/05/2008 at 22:02:05
37 Posted 16/05/2008 at 23:05:38
When in reality, hes just a name picked out of thin air..........
38 Posted 16/05/2008 at 23:48:29
39 Posted 17/05/2008 at 00:21:13
I suspect that those in favour are comparing Gera gainst the painfully thin squad we currently have, whilst those against are looking at what is needed to breach the top four. Both have valid arguments.
In my observation, I suppose it comes down to what we expect EFC to represent; pushing for the best or just hoping to be best of the rest.
40 Posted 17/05/2008 at 00:54:57
41 Posted 17/05/2008 at 09:11:57
For what it’s worth I think it is potentially an excellent move. No matter what you say he adds quality to the squad (being better than Tommy G or AVDM) and quantity in an area where we are lacking at present.
But as Michael says when I see him in a blue shirt on the back of the Echo then I’ll believe it.
I don’t have a dog and my tropical fish aren’t that well connected so for all I know this might be the support from the board that Lieness was talking about on the OS.
Any one know when AVDM’s contract expires so we can all stop talking about him!
42 Posted 17/05/2008 at 09:33:46
Gera will add more quality to the squad than Gravs did, and will play a lot more games. Still agree with other comments made that we need some real top quality players for the midfield.
43 Posted 17/05/2008 at 09:27:40
Time will tell on this signing, ie, if Bradley Arsharvin etc do come then I think it's good buissness; if they don't and his squad position is elevated then not so good. At least davey has moved quickly for a change!
44 Posted 17/05/2008 at 19:45:55
Thought I'd clear up some of the reports claiming Zoltan Gera is about to sign for Everton.
That's simply not the case. Yes, there is an interest in Gera, but, as of last night, there hadn't even been any talks between the Hungarian and the Toffees. David Moyes likes him and his name has been mentioned as a target. But that's as far as it's gone.
Everton are merely one of several clubs interested in him. Wigan and Bolton are keen, with Middlesbrough also sniffing (Boro incidentally were the last side to actually test Albion's resolve, back in January last year).
Speaking to people close to Zoltan I detect that he has not yet decided on his future - and yes Albion is still an option - although he does want it to be resolved sooner, rather than later. So do Albion.
Applying common sense you would have to assume Gera will leave Albion. He's 29 and the next contract will be the most important of his career. Despite Albion's best intentions and Tony Mowbray's desire to keep him, it's likely that Gera will go to the club who offer him the best package and this is where Albion will probably miss out. They will simply be priced out of the market.
But, to reiterate the original point - Gera hasn't signed for anyone just yet.
45 Posted 03/06/2008 at 15:24:42
For who doesn’t believe this here are some videos:
(Zoltan Gera - Legen part 1-2)
(vs Italy, Cannavaro was at better position but Gera
was faster..and the pass..)
46 Posted 05/06/2008 at 09:38:03