Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 19 2009
Still not a great deal of real news about, this season has been a nightmare stop start affair so far thanks to the international friendlies (the qualifiers were ok but again, stupid timing really)
Anyway, as there is such a shortage, I thought I'd go to the bastion of all things football, The Daily Star and see what is going on! :o)
According to a report by Dave Armitage, Martin O'Neill will ditch both Nigel Hokey-Cokey and Nicky Shorey in the January transfer window.
The report claims that MON wants to strengthen the squad but needs to re-coup some money after spending £40m this summer.
Hogwash... we don't have a sell to buy policy, simple as that. That isn't to say that the manager won't want to clear deadwood, that is what all managers do, but the implication we HAVE to sell before buying isn't accurate at all.
Shorey, bought from Reading for around £4million, has failed to break into the team on a regular basis and certainly won't know we have Stephen Warnock but do we not need cover? Then again, I wouldn't think Shorey is happy a) being cover b) not really getting a chance at Villa (for whatever reason and lets face it, it was a MON buy, so there must be a reason he's not featured a great deal - one we'll never know!)
The paper also says he'll offload NRC which, despite them kissing and making up after their handbags at dawn, isn't totally inconceivable is it? He has never really played in what he considers his best position since we splashed out £8.5million for him from West Ham. Bolton Wanderers, Blues and Blackburn Rovers were all linked the other day.
All speculation but as we build up to the January transfer window, there will be more and more of this, hopefully more about incoming than outgoing though.
So what do you think, better to sell Shorey and NRC if they don't look like featuring in the starting 11? Personally I'd not sell a single player until we are guaranteed a better quality replacement. That is unless they are upsetting the dressing room or are 100% not in MON's plans like out on loan at Newcastle United Marlon Harewood obviously.
I'd think that NRC would jump at a move but from what I hear, it would be a move down South he'd want.
Date:Thursday November 19 2009
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