WHAT SORT OF POSITION ARE WE IN?
All summer we have been begging for signings. We were desperate for the following;
A back up keeper
A striker to replace McFadden & Johnson.
A defensive midfield player to fill the void left by the impressive Carsley.
A right full back to pressure/replace Hibbert.
A left winger.
SO WHICH OF THOSE CAN WE TICK OFF OUT WISHLIST?
Well we have signed a back-up keeper and although Carlo Nash is not the calibre of goalkeeper we could be happy about, let's face it, what keeper of any real quality would want to come and sit on the bench for 2 years. None.
Lars Jacobsen has arrived to try for the right back spot and this is not a bad signing as by all accounts he is a decent player. As we already have 2 players in front of him (Hibbert & Neville) he cold prove to be a decent aquisition.
We got another striker in to replace the two we let leave and quite frankly, if he can get fit and stay fit then I am more than happy with Louis Saha. He is a first class finisher and has proved that over the years for every club he has played for. Again I re-iterate that this is all down to whether he can get fit so here's hoping, and praying.
When Carsley left we all knew we were desperate to replace him and now we have done just that, and more. We have signed 2 players with great track records. Castillo comes in with a good reputation, albeit not in any top leagues, however we have all seen many gems unearthed in our time and this could yet be another. He is described by many reports and being powerful, fit and fast and has a decent goalscoring record of about 1 in 8 and could yet form a partnership in midfield with our record sigining.
The big Belgian comes highly rated and we have been screaming out for a tall powerful central midfielder for years now and Saturday typified that point to the max. Pompey's African warriors battered our little fellas every time they got the ball but this won't be the case when we play them again with this guy in the middle. Allegedley he is one of the strongest players in Europe in the air, I will have that!!!!
So, for now, crisis over. We not only have bodies, we have replaced if not bettered the players that left us in the summer.
All this with no money????
Let's look ahead and stop the whining for now.......at least for now.
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1 Posted 02/09/2008 at 15:31:16
I think it’s time to be as positive as possible and hope DM feels the same.
I still feel .however.that this has been a summer of wasted opportunity.
2 Posted 02/09/2008 at 15:34:03
Lars Jacobsen struggled last year at Nurenburg, but has excelled in a right-back position at FC Copenhagen. He is strong going forward.
3 Posted 02/09/2008 at 15:30:41
4 Posted 02/09/2008 at 15:39:03
I have personally been very vocal about Kirkby (against) and Kenwright (er...also against) but right now, we need to back those on the park to the hilt.
Anything else, right now - self-defeating.
Next five or six games VERY important.
Simply no other choice.
5 Posted 02/09/2008 at 15:53:30
6 Posted 02/09/2008 at 16:07:28
Any gaps we may have can be held together until then... What happens in January transfer window will (I think) dictate how our 2nd half of the season goes.
We have 2 weeks "off" for the new guys to acclimate to the team, and Cahill is back in full training per the official site. Things are looking up, at least on the field. Now if only the off-field stuff could be cleaned up and sorted out!
7 Posted 02/09/2008 at 16:42:53
8 Posted 02/09/2008 at 16:51:00
However this all goes to show that we had no real money whatsoever before selling AJ. That we had to get 4 players on frees before pulling off the big one for rougly the estimated money we had of AJ and Faddy transfers i still thing that BK has been up to his bullshit. I hope Moyes signs but i wonder how he can put up with it
9 Posted 02/09/2008 at 17:09:17
Dominic it doesn’t show we had no real money, you dont know that, Moyes in the Echo says there was more money to spend and he missed oput on other targets but said it would be available to him in January
10 Posted 02/09/2008 at 17:16:21
11 Posted 02/09/2008 at 17:17:42
I agree with most of what you have said, however I think a big signing had to be made as mentioned in a comment above to appease shareholders at the EGM. Still believe a lot of answers are required, Stay calm for now but dont forget this summer, it has been a bad one
The club needs direction
12 Posted 02/09/2008 at 18:04:01
However, saturdays article was a statement of my feelings after the Portsmouth game and at that time were fully justified.
Since then, the club have promised to do what they said they would do and have given us all fresh hope.
This new post is my assessment of where we are now but I make no apologies for my post on Saturday, I meant every word.
It’s true that a few days can make a big difference, and so can a big signing.
13 Posted 02/09/2008 at 17:46:30
And, here’s my point, when was the last time we won anything with "star names"? For me, as a child of the 80’s, we won those titles in ’85 and ’87 with a team of relative nobody’s at the time. We buy a star name in ’85 i.e. Lineker and we finsh second in both comps. We got rid of him, and we go on to win the title the following year. Same goes for the Cup win in ’95 - our only star name at the time - Big Dunc - was injured and barely played the final. It was the illustrious "Dogs of War" who won that game for us, in particular in the second half when Giggs was rampant.
I think we’re possibly returning to those heady days when we didn’t have the individual star names, but by God as a unit we were phenomenal!
Here’s hoping :-)
14 Posted 02/09/2008 at 18:35:58
they owe us from the Rooney add ons we are due from Man Us successs last season.
We will be lucky if Saha plays 10 games all season.Very lucky.
15 Posted 02/09/2008 at 18:51:35
16 Posted 02/09/2008 at 19:04:57
17 Posted 02/09/2008 at 19:10:07
"We got another striker in to replace the two we let leave and quite frankly, if he can get fit and stay fit then I am more than happy with Louis Saha. He is a first class finisher and has proved that over the years for every club he has played for. Again I re-iterate that this is all down to whether he can get fit so here’s hoping, and praying."
I mention twice that my statement applie if he get and stays fit.
18 Posted 02/09/2008 at 19:16:25
19 Posted 02/09/2008 at 19:23:31
20 Posted 02/09/2008 at 19:38:10
03/04 14 / 7
04/05 22 / 2
05/06 30 / 14
06/07 34 / 13
07/08 24 / 5
total 124 / 41
21 Posted 02/09/2008 at 19:50:01
22 Posted 02/09/2008 at 20:09:54
Isn’t the ’fact’ that we played hoof ball when Ferguson played, part explanation as to why he didn’t score as many as he did?
I’m pretty sure that if Ferguson played in the 85/86 season he would have score more! Likewise LinekEr woulnd’t have scored as many with the ball hoofed up to him.
Furthermore, Ferguson scored a total of 59 goals in an Everton shirt (Lineker 30).
Moyes has been at Everton for 6 years, yet only now is he is ’putting together’ a team that can pass?
23 Posted 02/09/2008 at 20:06:21
24 Posted 02/09/2008 at 21:37:24
25 Posted 02/09/2008 at 21:59:48
Since when was our side of 84/85 not packed with stars.
Neville Southall, world;’s best goalkeeper at the time.
Gary Stevens, England right back
Psycho Pat was Psycho Pat
Kevin Rat. Wales captain and fast as f**k
Degsy Mount, scored 14 goals
Peter Reid, Engalnd midfielder and player of the year.
Tricky Trev, England winger
Paul Bracewell, England midfielder and mustard.
Kevin Sheedy, best left foot ever and Eire international
Sharpy, 30 goals and Scottish international
Andy Gray/ Inchy, both top notch.
No stars, you havin a laugh.
the equivalent of that team today would be something like this
Peter Cech (Nev)
Micah Richards (shagger)
A crazy welsh belgian left back (psycho)
Kolo Toure (Rat)
John Terry (Degs)
Steven Gerrard (Reidy) (ouch)
Frank Lampard (Brace) (ouch)
Ronaldo (Tricky Trev)
No stars indeed.
26 Posted 02/09/2008 at 23:19:48
27 Posted 03/09/2008 at 00:55:19
Mark S, I’ll give you the fact we had the best keeper in the world bar none at the time (Big Nev), compared to Cech now, but Rats quick?! His positional sense was what made him great, with a bit of pace to boot. He’d take Eboue to the cleaners in his pomp! ;-)
Anyway, here’s hoping Feillani makes half the impact Reidy did.
28 Posted 03/09/2008 at 04:05:50
However good the capture of Fellaini might seem, we failed last night. The club lowered expectations to the point where the signing of anyone over £11.25m would ease fears and bring relief (and for some it has).
Fellaini is not the ?cure for all our woes? he is a good and young prospect but poor compensation for a disastrous summer of unbelievable failure. If Fellaini WAS the ?big one? then why do I feel calmer knowing that we also signed Saha?
Ask yourselves why Moyes would spend £15m on Fellaini if he truly believed, days before, that Neville was good enough for that position. Come to think of it, Moyes rated him at £8m in March and was prepared to pay double that now!? The Fellaini deal has ?any port in a storm? written all over it!
Moutinho was THE big one. Moutinho was akin to the capture of Robinho or Deco and should have been signed weeks ago! However, had he?d been on Merseyside at the weekend to hear the boo?s and see the weak capitulation of his future at the hands of Portsmouth, then who could blame the boy for tripping over the exit!
Now I expect he will arrive in Manchester or London next year and set the stage for what might have been.
As for us, the hardest league in the world just got harder. The newly formed Sky 5 are now hoping to be the big four in a league of Europe?s finest. Where do we stand in all of this? Well, we have 11 men, a football pitch and a ball. All we need now is a manager prepared to sign on for the fight of his life.
29 Posted 03/09/2008 at 15:35:58
Kevin Ratcliffe was the quickest defender in the league. I don’t know if you actually saw him play in his pomp, but he really was that fast.
Also did you ever see Trevor Steven play. He was awesome.
Anyway life is all about opinions.