December 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm #720782
As arguably the most tightly fought Premier League race in years approaches the January transfer window, my assessment of WBAFC is that their marquis player has fallen out of favour with management and will be the catalyst that triggers unusual action between now and the end of January. And appreciating our current managers style of play, I think we need a bit more creation and speed. So knowing budget limitations, we need a guy like Bojan at Stoke or Deulofeu at Everton and I was just wondering whether, with the Sanchez and Wellbeck injuries at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger might consider 20 million and Rosicky for Saido Berahino? I’ve always admired his energy.December 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm #720799
I was watching the Dutch Eredivisie on my half price Black Friday Sky Sports and there was a player there from Heerenveen who looked the sort we need called Luciano Slagveer. He’s 22 and predominantly a right winger. He’s as skillful as Sess but will run all day and chase everything. Last season he scored 11 with 4 assists and this season it’s 4 and 2. Would cost less than £5 mil. We need a recognised LB and possibly a RB cause we’ve got no cover (that TP will use) if they’re out.December 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm #720860
What about Poco and Gamboa in januar,i exspect them both to leave,cause as long as TP are manager they will not be playing for ALBION.Imo the Vic will go too and what about Berahino.I hope he stays and start fighting for his place as a striker.We need two players in,but as a BAGGIE i do not expect anybody in this jan window.Norway baggieDecember 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm #720924
If it wasn’t for you two guys (Geir and Northwich) I’d be whistling into the wind!
I agree Northwich…there are lots of keen, swift and skilled young players out there, like Mr. Slagveer. But after Ashforth left who is doing our scouting?December 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm #721468
It is an interesting but dismal fact that our own approach to EPL football has become ever more popular. Not losing is now the name of the game and even Man U have joined in this season? Given that fact the kind of players (if any) we are likely to see arriving are not those we would perhaps like to see but more of the same. High work rate certainly but creativity and flair – I think not. Saido. Poco and Gamboa are all likely to wave goodbye and be happy to go which I find a shame as all three could do a job for us and recruitment since Dan’s departure has been rather less reliable. Hope to be proved wrong but my expectations are not high!December 3, 2015 at 6:07 pm #721489
Sadly, I have to agree with you DH54. While I like a player who’ll work his socks off for the team I miss the creativity we’ve had in the past. I was brought up on the likes of Ray Barlow, Ronnie Allen, The King, Bomber and the Three Degrees not to forget Willie Johnston, Bobby Hope, Asa Hartford and Len Cantello. Those were the days!December 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm #721534
Northwich…I started watching Albion just after you (about 1964)…so I know what you mean. And the thing that’s spoiled it all is the ridiculous money these days: the likes of Sterling (I hope Liverpool beat City) and Berahino are lightweight mercenaries who have a considerably higher opinion of their worth than reality. What we need is a salary cap and then a lesser team will win the league. In the meantime, I hope a player like Vardy commits to Leicester and our guys invest in youth, speed, creativity…and players who just like playing footie.December 4, 2015 at 9:17 am #721613
Spot on Derwent. The money spent on players these days is ridiculous and don’t start me on their wages! I can remember us paying £5000 to a non-league club (Hayes I think) for Cyrille and Liverpool splashing out £20,000 on an unknown youngster from Scunthorpe called Keegan. Now it’s millions for average players and weekly wages that are more than most earn in a year! My wife blames it on ManUre but she is a City supporter. I point the finger at Sky and at UEFA who must have rubbed their hands with glee at all the TV money coming in. So much so that they extended the competitions to allow more teams in, more games and hence more money!
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