We are not even in the close season and the journo's have gone
into overdrive, with who we are going to sign. Hoddle went to watch one
game abroad and we are linked with three players from that one game!
Lampard, Koumas, Effenberg,
Petit, Sinclair, Ziege, Bierhoff and Guardiola are names that have
featured in the press and on teletext. We all have our views on players,
but the main theme that runs through the players that we are linked with
is that they mainly ply their trade in the middle of the park. An area
which we are not blessed in.
The idea of bringing players
into the team/squad must be, that they are better than the ones that are
already in the team/squad. What do we think of our current midfield?
Well, Sherwood's best days are behind him. Since he had his op in
January 2000, he cannot run, his passes are short and when he makes a
vein attempt to tackle, he ends up with a handful of the opposing
players shirt and a booking! The mind is willing, but the body is weak.
Clemence, plays well in the
big games and seems "up for it." Technically OK, but one
footed and is prone to make mistakes. He has improved, but can he
"boss a game"? I don't think so.
Korsten, has actually played
this season, but not in his favoured position, of left midfield.
Instead, he has either played up front, centre of midfield or on the
right wing. What Graham, O'Leary and Hoddle see in him I don't know. He
is lazy, and he really does watch the game go by. I would say bye-bye!
Of all the mid fielders
that we are being linked with, my short list would be Effenberg, Petit
and Guardiola. They are all quality. But would they come to the Lane?
The rigid pay, structure that
was in place under the previous regime, has been blown away, by the new
owners. This had to be achieved if we are to get top quality players,
either on transfer fees or on Bosmans. Effenberg has said that Spurs
fascinates him. His daughter is going to study in London, hence the
move. Then two years later he will move to the USA. This is a man who
knows what he wants and will get it. Guardiola, has been approached, but
he (according to the Italian press) has signed a pre contract with
Parma. A quality, quality player. Petit,
wants money and first team football. You do not have a World cup winners
medal if you are not very good!
My choice out of the three? It
would have to be Effenberg. His medal cabinet bulges. A testament to the
fact that this player, plays to win. Scores goals, not afraid to mix it,
can play a long ball or a short pass and he can boss a game. The one
thing that has been missing from our team for a long time.
One thing is certain, if we
are to catch up with the top four teams, then we need quality players to
join our boys at the Lane. Come on David and Glen, the season ticket
renewals will be sent out soon. Let's sign a quality midfielder or two!