We’ll need all the cash we have the keep all our current players. So, there wouldn’t be much left for any big name transfers. Like it or not, the best way to save money is to develop our Academy players cause they cost nothing.
The standouts are:
a. Seamus Coleman : His ability has been proven. In fact, if we fail to land Donavan, DM should retrain Coleman as a Right midfielder in front of Neville. He will give hell to anyone.
b. Shane Duffy : I would sell Distin and give Shane more exposure at the CB position. I think the dude has what it takes to become a big time Center Back. Plus, he’s already scored 3 goals in the Reserve League which makes him our top scorer. It’s every team’s dream to have a scoring center back. Kindda reminded me of Joleon Lescott first season with us.
c. Jose Baxter : His instinct in front of goal is superb although not yet Premier League standard. But, with enough playing time in PL, he has the potential to be the next Rooney.
d. Kieran Agard : What can I say? The dude is fast. We can lob any sort of ball forward and the dude can catch it. In fact, Agard can join the Jamaican sprint team anytime should he quit football altogether and contest in the Olympics.
e. James Wallace: Very consistent performer in our Reserve team. Something to consider about.
While at it, we also should consider these names:
a. Shkodran Mustafi
b. Cody Arnoux
c. Anton Peterlin
In addition, we already have Jack Rodwell , Anichebe, Vaughan and Dan Gosling. Imagine the money we save should these players perform at PL standard?
Remember, Alex Ferguson came up with the best team Man U ever had with half of the team coming from their youth system.
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1 Posted 22/04/2010 at 05:01:29
2 Posted 22/04/2010 at 06:36:00
3 Posted 22/04/2010 at 09:31:45
Duffy looked like he could make it from the brief sights I had in the Europa. As for Agard, I had high hopes but after watching him he seems to make Theo Walcott look like Johann Cruyff. Fast, but head down & not enough skill.
4 Posted 22/04/2010 at 09:50:13
5 Posted 22/04/2010 at 09:23:51
6 Posted 22/04/2010 at 10:07:08
The doctor (or whatever) who was considered a possibly great move on here — because of the structure of the MLS — didn't see that one coming.....
Duffy is probably the only one who will get a look in next season..
7 Posted 22/04/2010 at 12:01:55
Duffy is a good prospect – I'd have him as our 4th centre back next season instead of Senderos.
Baxter will proably be loaned out, he does look class though – has undoubted talent.
Coleman needs to improve defensively, once he does should be fantastic.
Agard is pacey but can't see him succeeding to be honest.
Mustafi I was quite impressed with in the game against BATE, I think we're on to something with him.
8 Posted 22/04/2010 at 12:03:55
9 Posted 22/04/2010 at 12:11:34
10 Posted 22/04/2010 at 12:43:43
I am also looking forward to seeing more of Seamus this season, an exciting talent... I just hope that the core of the squad stays fit so that Moyes can let these players develop in the right conditions. Fingers crossed, it could be a year ahead for fellow Toffees.
11 Posted 22/04/2010 at 13:07:34
12 Posted 22/04/2010 at 13:20:44
Samaras, the failed Man City striker, is in the league's second positioned side. Chris Sutton, who couldn't hack it in the Premier League without Shearer to play off was the "big player" up there and Hartson was a big scorer too.
I would take the Scottish stats with a pinch of salt to be honest.
13 Posted 22/04/2010 at 13:44:50
Unless there outstanding they have to wait around like Osman did going out on loan to Derby.
I like the look of Duffy and heard good things about Mustafi as back-up centre backs so hopefully if we bring in anyone it will be a right midfielder like Donovan.
14 Posted 22/04/2010 at 14:02:07
I`m betting he`ll play at Bloomfield Road next season — probably on extended loan.
15 Posted 22/04/2010 at 18:46:33
16 Posted 23/04/2010 at 11:02:05
- Jason Scotland couldn't get a work permit because the SPL board considered him not good enough, he ended up playing in the Scottish 1st division, yet now he gets game time for Wigan.
- -Kevin McDonald (the player from Burnley who went off in the huff to the pub at halftime after being subbed) played for a Scottish 1st division team.
- Samaras is a sub a lot weeks behind some 20 year old nobody.
- Barry Ferguson couldn't get in the Rangers team so left
- James McCarthy the 19 year-old was playing for relegation fodder in the SPL and is now playing for Wigan each week
...there is obviously a lot of rubbish players up here (E.G. Boumsong was fantastic for Rangers) but we shouldn't ignore them all. Back on topic though I thought a shoe-in for save of the season in the SPL and a person that should have been up for young player of the year was a guy called John Ruddy. If we sold Howard now that we have Mucha, if we could only get talent like Ruddy for no money, or rather if only we were the ones loaning him out to Motherwell or something.... ;)
17 Posted 23/04/2010 at 11:42:37
I'm sure he is well aware of who are the standouts, and is much better placed than us to make the call on them...
18 Posted 23/04/2010 at 14:14:46
0:55 on this video has a Jutkiewicz shot (he should be capable of doing this against anyone regardless of standard).
2:50 has a Ruddy triple save, the 3rd save is save of the season for me (he should be capable of doing this against anyone regardless of standard).
19 Posted 23/04/2010 at 19:35:55
20 Posted 24/04/2010 at 13:42:30
The key thing about saving money is to keep what we have fit. Wouldn't mind Donovan, N'Zogbia and Bellamy joining us though.
21 Posted 25/04/2010 at 05:25:49
Baxter comapared to Rooney?? Hahaha... Baxter won't last another season here; for that matter, neither will Kieran Agard or James Wallace.
Lukas will be sold permanently to Motherwell, neither Ruddy or Turner will be our regular number 1 but........
I do agree that Shane Duffy is definitely a prospect & I can't understand why Moyes brought in Senderos rather than blood him earlier in season. You have to play these lads otherwise these 'academies' are the biggest waste of dough since Aquilani!
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