Monday, September 01, 2008

Deadline day - done deals

Well what a day it has been eh?

I think we hoped that deadline day might see the arrival of one or two players to supplement the squad but who would have predicted what has occurred today - even in the crazy world of Manchester City?

It would have been a great day to be able to cover it all live but I'm now set for a frantic evening as I try and catch up on everything that has happened today, and with all the news that may yet to come in.

A couple of deals were done over the weekend, with Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta finally sealing his move and then a surprise move for Brazilian left back Glauber - who is believed to have joined on an (initial) short term one year deal from relegated Bundesliga side FC Nurnberg.

Early this morning then saw confirmation that Vedran Corluka had signed for Tottenham - putting an end to the one-off saga from the past week or so.

A disappointment in some respects to lose Corluka who is clearly a good player, but rather than for financial reasons it is clear the decision has been made on a footballing basis with Mark Hughes believing Zabaleta to be an improvement.

Hughes was believed to be tracking him from when he was in charge at Blackburn so he is obviously sold on his talents so it is a decision we need to back and there is no reason to suggest it is a bad one at this stage.

Another move out of the blue was then the signing of Felipe Caicedo by Hertha Berlin on a season long loan deal, which to me indicates that he does not have a future at the club given Hughes's reluctance to allow Ched Evans or Daniel Sturridge to follow a similar path.

Caicedo was always more of a long term 'project' but hadn't displayed the potential of either Evans or Sturridge in his brief outings and it would be a surprise if he made another appearance at the club.

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5 comments:

malcylon said...

Alright Danny, what a day! Can't keep up. It's nice to have BBC 5 Live running a Blue Moon special evening for a change. Bernstein was on earlier. He hit the nail on the head. This investor is in a different league. It's a country not an individual. The day that City was transformed.
malcy, MCFCfans

GAGA said...

I think the comments on caicedo to whom you are so ignorant towards as you have not even got his name correct in your article are stupid, he has not had a fair crack at city and has been thrown in here and there he does have potential for certain i have watched him a number of times for his country and within a full game he looks quite good, he is quick very good with a ball at his feet and has unbelievable movement abilities the way he moves almost reminds me of garrincha his legs look slighty bowed like his too maybe thats why they move the same so all in all i think your evaluation of him comes from no research in watching him play football he is as good as both evans and sturridge.

hbrock said...

HURRICAN DAY... CITY CAT 5 STORM AND WE ARE LOVING IT. BBC SAY BERBA HASN'T SPOKEN TO MH YET... SO THAT SEEMS A LONG SHOT... BUT CAN SPURS ACCEPT ANYTHING LESS THAN 35M... AND WOULD BERBA COME WILLINGLY?

Danny Pugsley said...

gaga - apologies for the name error. Strictly a typo and now corrected.

My opinion comes from what I have seen (in his admittedly limited opportunity at the club) of him, and I stand by that I believe Evans and Sturridge to be better players at this stage.

He does have potential, but I don't think it is incorrect to say he is likely done at the club (fair or not) given the players currently in front of hom - not to mention those likely to now arive.

GAGA said...

Thanks for the reply i too think his time could be up although he hasnt gone yet but i dont think he has been given a fair crack but if we are replacing him with robinho i will take that