Date:Monday January 12 2009
Phew First Target achieved
Its seems to have been missed, but with 41 points its a fair bet we won't be relegated this season. Well done O'Neill.
In common with many I believe our first 13 are good enough for a top 4 spot, always have done, I'm just waiting for an injury to hit us hard and the balloon to burst.
We just don't have the quality in the squad of the others in the top 4, we don't have a manager who is as smart in the transfer market as some, so what.
O'Neill brings something, what I've no idea, but now he is finally up to speed with the PL, he's giving as good as most, better than many as our position and 9 matches unbeaten shows.
OK I'm not that pleased with many of his buys, I refuse to believe he could not have done much better for the money spent and I still feel he has to make a step up in January and buy above his normal level.
Friedel apart the teams backbone, our best defender, our best midfield player and our best striker are not his buys. I agree Young has achieved a similar level of performance, and I'm sure others will in time, but to push on now, when transfers are so hard for so many reasons, we need to bring in players who will replace that core 13 players who we know should achieve 4th or higher.
To do so in January is a virtually impossible task, for most, especially O'Neill, especially for a manager who has so far not bought proven stars.
This time around, I don't see players who take 6 days, let alone 6 months or even 2 season to have an impact are what is needed. We need a player, players who will take the great advantage O'Neill's team has gained and consolidate it.
It can be done, of course it can, and although I don't like suggesting names, because point scorers immediately go to Google to denigrate your suggestions, the likes of Bale, Anelka, Parker, Bellamy, Toure, Messi, and so on
Go for it Mart, relegation has been avoided, relax a bit son, go get some real quality, you know you want to.
Date:Monday January 12 2009
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