Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sven to spend big in January?

"I am told there is money available in January but how much I don't know yet," the manager admitted.

"Before I get into lists of players in whom we might be interested I think it is vital to know what that spending figure will be. If we want to strengthen the squad then we have to be very clever about it.

"We must not buy average players. We have to buy top, top-class and for them to be better than we have already. That will cost a lot of money.

"We have to compete reputation wise with the big four who can offer Champions League football, but I am sure that we are one of the teams that foreign players are looking at and thinking: `I would like to play there.' And that is very good."


As I've mentioned previously, don't expect another glut of arrivals during the next transfer window, but Eriksson - perhaps feeling he is ahead of schedule in terms of progress, would no doubt love to add two or three genuine quality players to the club or what potentially could be a run at the Champions League, but certainly will be done with the aim of UEFA qualification.

He has been a savvy operator thus far in the transfer market, and I believe he knows the players he would like to bring in. With the start we have made, and if we are in a similar league position come the turn of the year, expect significant funds to be made available should Eriksson want it.

Interestingly though, for all the talk of the ten players or so Eriksson has brought into the club and that we needed a new team upon his arrival, there have only been four of his signings featuring on a regular basis - Garrido, Corluka, Petrov and of course Elano, with the remainder of the side made up of holdovers from the previous regime.

vote it up!


Anonymous said...

The 'holdovers from the previous regime' are turning out to be one of the best defences in the country. Personally, I'd rather see Nedum in at Centre Half, and Micah pounding up the right wing to give us dozens of attacking options, but that would only give us three of our signings featuring in the team. What happened with Bianchi? Sven has made several veiled comments (apart from so-called injuries) - he's had one or two problems to sort out... What does that mean? At £8.8M can't we sort out any problems on the face of the earth? And we've still got Ishmael waiting in the wings - scoring for fun, and who Brucey baby would die to hold on to. It appears to be the midfield that Sven wants to reinforce, We've got Stevie and Michael, with Petrov doing the business, and Elano cheering me up no end. We haven't seen Bojinov yet. So who are we going to buy, and where are we going to put them??

Anonymous said...

Wigan blue - you speak sense but not sure about the midfield. Rather see Geovanni out wide than Stevie Ireland but where does that leave SI?

Anyway, sure Sven's got it sorted out!!