Twitter’s keyboard warriors continue to blast co chairman David Gold and the board for not buying a striker in the transfer window.
The ongoing attacks that we needed a striker and right back continue to be levelled directly at Gold despite the fact that the only name mentioned as a possible signing was Scott Hogan who simply wasn’t fancied by the manager.
And clearly coming to the edge of his patience Gold responded to one fan who clearly had no idea which striker should be signed by snapping: “Do you mean we should have out-bid Crystal Palace for Benteke? dg”
Crystal Palace – now in deep trouble – paid around £30 million for the player supporting the view that strikers are not necessarily the answer to a team’s ills.
Gold’s tweet was immediately followed by questions as to why Benteke was mentioned despite the club having held an interest in the player last summer.
And thus far Bilic’s refusal to get involved in a Hogan switch appears to have been the right call with the former 14 goal striker failing to get on the score sheet in Championship defeats away at Nottingham Forest – when he was yellow carded – and Ipswich at home yesterday.
When you look back at the summer it is funny to remember supporters shouting that we should have signed Benteke.Missed a trick not taking Bony.Should have signed Janssen before Spurs did.Slimani before Leicester.Troy Deeney from Watford.
All of them have been let downs in the main this season.It just goes to show it aint as easy to buy players as we think sometimes.
Its an easy game from the comfort of our settees.You watch now fans will be saying we missed a trick not signing Robbie Brady because he has scored one goal haha
Brady is an good player but imagine our fans if we had paid 13m for a champo player from Norwich.Coupled with the fact that some think if you pay ot the top for a player it makes it their true worth.No not at all,especiqlly in January.
For all the grief the board get, our transfer dealings are generally very good. We signed Payet for peanuts and it turned out that he was one of the best players in Europe. Antonio, a championship player and now England material. Lanzini, fantastic little player. Carroll, £15m is a bargain. Reid, remember all the doubters in his first season, absolute quality. Cresswell, great signing (albeit not having a great season), Snodgrass, good business. The loaners, look at Victor Moses now, potential title winning displays. We’ve had a few misses but overall, our board are careful and dilligent in their moves.
But what about a full back . We have been looking for 3 + years and have done very little to solve the problem .
I think the board have done a good job with transfers, they certainly tried to sign top strikers but couldn’t offer enough to attract them, I still think many of the signings they made in the summer will come good, all are young, the loan signings will be gone at the end of the season, Zaza already and Tore when we have finished paying for him. The major signings that we need are obviously a right back, a defensive midfielder to replace Song and play alongside Obiang, I think once we are safe we should look at trying to get Fernandes more game time to see if he and Obiang can work together and just to get him more pl experience. Bilic seems reluctant in the way Allardyce was to give our young players a chance, it is understandable when we were looking at a relegation fight but depending on how results go for West Brom and Everton there could be a real window of opportunity between now and the end of the season to introduce them preferrably from the start of games so if they play well they can finish matches if not sub them at half time and let them learn from their experience.
Great to know we have people ready and able to step in and take over managementship from Slav. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. What a l oad of bulacs. COYI X
We have to get cover for AC & Sakho because of their injury problems. Go for Defoe short term. But I agree it is a really difficult-and expensive- problem. Lot of luck involved at our level, where you have to take ‘leftovers’ from the Big Six. Midfielders who score can be a way round it up to a point, and we have a few of those…But it didn’t solve the problem completely when Sakho & AC were out this season.
We bid big last year for big names. None were interested in coming. What can you do? In the January window we all knew we needed a RB, though what this is doing to Byram’s confidence I don’t know. However there were NO DECENT RIGHT BACKS FOR SALE!!!. Please get this through your heads.