to think that with the transfer deadline approaching the board will
back up their new found confidence in our manager by sanctioning
some last minute deals to bring some balance to the squad that is
still needed. If they want that Champions League place we are
clearly not going to do it without some final tweaking.
off, that elusive left footer in midfield we have lacked since,
well, Cliff Jones' retirement last century. Someone who can do a
Tony Galvin for us i.e. run purposefully down the left with strength
and cross a decent ball for our much vaunted strike force to get on
the end of. Blackburn's Pedersen is the obvious target here if he
can be persuaded to up sticks and head south. At this stage of the
season he is probably a long shot but Matty Taylor (Portsmouth) is a
Spurs fan and would love to join us. Either of them would double our
threat down that side and give us the much needed width and options
we've been lacking for so long. Bale did a fantastic job on last
Sunday on his own - just think what two left footed players could do
Secondly, and before Everton nick him, get Bolton's Kevin Nolan in.
I'm not saying he is the new Mackay or Roy Keane but how we need a
no-nonsense battler in midfield to inspire some fight when the chips
are down. Hard to believe that Sunderland would have nicked a win
with him around in the season opener. He clearly misses Allardyce's
influence and I can see him becoming Jol's much needed gruff voice
on the pitch. Nolan would also enable the likes of
Huddlestone and Jenas to play their natural attacking game and
provide some much needed cover for the back four. It would work for
Nolan as well - he'd be a regular in the England squad in next to no
time as tends to happen when players move to more high profile
obviously need to ship some out to accommodate these two: Murphy and
Ghaly are clearly excess to requirements and, regretfully, so would
Tainio be if Nolan arrived. Oh, and let's hang on to JD - we are
going to need him ...
Dawson and Lennon due back soon we won't be down among the bottom
feeders for long and should be nicely established in the top eight
come Christmas and well placed to make our by now customary new year
surge into the placings that matter.
we make the Champions League or UEFA Cup depends on quality not
quantity: Pedersen/ Taylor and Nolan would give us a great shot at
the former ; without them it's the latter option again, I'm afraid.