Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday August 13 2007
More transfer activity talk, lets hope that talk quickly turns into action because despite a valiant attempt, I can't see from the 2-1 loss to Liverpool exactly the progression from last season and can only see a smaller squad.
Yes, I know to some that is negative sacrilege but hey ho, I'd expected massive strides and just saw a team not capable of competing where we should be capable of competing bearing in mind we have a billionaire owner willing to spend.
Martin O'Neill has told the official site, with just the transfer window fast approaching its end (Aug 31):
'We have got a number of weeks to go so we're in a position to do something about it. We need to build the squad up but I would like to get as much quality into the squad as possible. You can always build in numbers but I believe quality should come first. We went through November and December last season where we just didn't have a squad, but I'm confident of rectifying that.'
I like the talk about quality, but when the reality is Marlon Harewood, I can't help but wonder.
It is certainly far far too early in the season to panic, but we can't possibly keep quality players like Gareth Barry happy if we don't match his ambitions. We've some decent players in the squad but not enough to truly worry the top four or five clubs.
Flame proof suit on, criticise the negativity as much as you want, I only say what I see, if you can see how we've improved over the summer, do tell, especially if anyone can see the use or point of Stiliyan Petrov who promises so much and delivers next to nothing!
Date:Monday August 13 2007
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