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  1. Seeing as the Mulumbu deal seems imminent, it inspired me to take a look at the world of football in terms of who is out of contract this summer. I''m not really phased whether we spend big or going for the cheap option, as long as they look like they could bring something to the squad. Searching transfermarkt.com, I found some that caught my eye: Yoann Gourcuff: Lyon spent big on him from Bordeaux a few seasons ago, where he didn''t quite make it in the big time, but it doesn''t mean to say he wouldn''t be a good fit for our side as an attacking midfielder, who could provide competition for Wes and his increased height (6ft) gives us a slightly different dimension going forward. Has Champions League experience, and only real problems I can see is that he hasn''t played anywhere but France and could command fairly big wages. Get him on good wages and he could be a really tidy addition. Bakary Sako: Probably a more familiar name, Sako is a powerful winger who has good pace and is really strong on the ball and isn''t afraid to run with it either. At 6ft tall and 27 years old he is fairly tall for a winger and could be a really nice partnership with Olsson down the left hand side, a position I think we all agree needs strengthening. Again wages could be a problem, however I think he would be awesome in the Prem. Isaac Cuenca: Came through the ranks at Barcelona, but hasn''t quite materialised into the prodigy people thought he would, however he is only 23. Definitely a more far fetched signing but he could be really handy as a skillful, pacey winger who by the looks of things prefers the right hand side. Whether he could adapt to the Prem physically is another question, and as a general comparison is similar to Mahrez of Leicester or Anya of Watford who the former seems to be okay last season. Doubt it would happen merely a suggestion. Ezequiel Munoz: A powerful, strong, tall centre-back who currently plays at Sampdoria on loan from Palermo. Is only 24 and has plenty of time ahead of him. Could see him playing in the Premier League as he has all the necessary physical attributes, is good in the air and doesn''t look like a slouch. Could be the answer to our defensive issues and is an alternative to paying £8million for a player from Scotland... Again I''m not saying we should sign the lot but is just food for thought. Going cheap isn''t necessarily a bad thing, as I think all of these, more particularly Sako, has potential to add something we don''t have to the squad. *Preparing for bombardment*
  2. Exactly what I thought. If he needs first team football (he played 8 times for WBA last season) then a pay cut seems reasonable. If the current squad aren''t cutting it, why not shake it up. May even give the likes of Redmond some much needed competition.
  3. I don''t know if the loan window is still open, but what about a loan move for Scott Sinclair? Not getting a sniff at Man City, and I feel we are lacking in the wide midfield department. He''s exciting, pacey and has played in the Championship (I know it was a while ago). As long as he takes a wage cut, I don''t see why not.
  4. If we draw, and end up in the bottom three, he''ll be gone. I don''t understand McNally justifying his position saying we''re "only 3 points off 10th". Because quite frankly it that makes it even more worrying and desperate to get the wins in and create more daylight. Fed up of negativity.
  5. He wasn''t my favourite, just a suggestion. Strikers are judged on goals these days, but I do admit it isn''t brilliant but he has a great work rate and brings others into the game, that''s what I suggested him for.
  6. I''m not too sure about Murray or CMS. I''ve had a think and a few decent names spring to mind. Jelle Vossen: Big powerful player with great finishing ability. Gary Hooper: Haven''t heard his name mentioned all too much, bit he''d make a great signing. Not sure about the price tag though. Kevin Doyle: Always liked him, and would get a few goals as well; with a bit of premier league experience at a decent price, he fits Hughtons philosophy. Dieumerci Mbokani: Currently at Anderlecht, 27 year''s old and has scored 28 goals in 40 appearances; but again I''m unsure how much he would cost. John Guidetti: My favourite, 6ft1" but is tricky and can finish. At 20 years old he has loads of potential, and scored 20 goals in 23 appearances for Feyenoord last season. He could be a risk due to a serious virus he picked up losing feeling in his right leg, and hasn''t played since. Loan deal could be possible however. Just a few suggestions, as I''m unsure on Murray, who''s 29 years old, and CMS, both lacking top flight experience.
  7. For me, its the 3 W''s. West Brom - Can''t see any particular squad morale/togetherness about them, will be very shaky, maybe a few high points, but nothing more. West Ham - Yes, they have real quality and a good squad spirit and a good player in Carroll from their P.O.V. But, I think they''ll get Hammered (see what I did there) a couple of times as they''re hoofball system just will not work, with teams like Man City with Kompany and Lescott clearing things up. Wigan - I know they''re relegation favourites almost every year now but I think this is the year, especially with players like Rodallega gone and Victor Moses potentially leaving. I don''t think any surprise packages will go down but I think teams like Stoke, Sunderland and Fulham will struggle.
  8. I was on my seat all that time he was here! Let down. ;-)
  9. http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/12691/7883863/German-trial-for-Fotheringham Nice to see him still going for it.
  10. I don''t know about you but I feel confused about Lamberts tactics when we went down to 10 men. As I remember, we went into a 4-3-2 formation when we were 1-0 up. I would have played 4-4-1 formation and perhaps brought on a more tough tackling midfielder myself. Yes I know towards the end Holt was playing defensive towards the very end but not that long.
  11. Ruddy Martin Barnett Whitbread Tierney Crofts Bennett Surman Hoolahan Holt Jackson Subs: Rudd, Drury, De Laet, Fox, Johnson, Morison, Vaughan. I''ve chosen Jackson because he helped us fire into this league. I think as it stands Lambert is the type to use Jackson, because, I think that it would be unfair that the man who got us here has been dropped down the pecking order for no reason other than opinion. I dropped Fox because I don''t think that Lambert can see us being able to play our passing game, so I think he''ll go for Crofts has he provides alot more bite.
  12. These days if we swapped Gilks for Hoolahan, well, lets say I wouldn''t mind
  13. Just to clear up we haven''t been linked to him, but, with everybody talking about FF, I was considering other Goalkeepers, of which have a little bit of PL experience, and won''t break the bank. After a long while of thinking, I cannot come up with anything to go against this guy, apart from the fact that, is he that much better than Ruddy? Better, not Better, what do you think? Would you have him in your team atall?
  14. Javier Hernandez - £6million. Connor Wickham - £8-10million. ''nuff said.
  15. I thought that the reason th match was moved to thurday night was to allow some company to broadcast it? Or am I wrong? I dont know...
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