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United and Arsenal panic buying costs them. 42

Posted on September 03, 2013 by Guest Writer

As the transfer window approached it’s conclusion both Arsenal and Manchester United were forced to show their hand to placate the masses that support them. Neither have had the best of starts to the season although Arsenal managed to calm matters with the important home victory over their nearest neighbours.
Manchester United have been linked to a number of creative midfielders in the mould of Fabregas, Modric and the Barcelona youngster who eventually plumped for Bayern Munich rather. Efforts to sign Anders Herrera and then Khedira from Madrid both failed as did a last ditch attempt to sign De Rossi from Roma until eventually they were forced into paying way over the odds for Fellaini. When you consider that his buyout clause was only £23m until a month ago, to finally be forced into paying about £28m as a last resort clearly points to a purchase simply for the sake of it. Fellaini is a decent player but he is nothing like the type of players targeted who were all in the playmaker mould,. What happened to Leighton Baines? He was the first player that they bid for and United even made a joint bid for the two of them for a combined fee of £28m.
Over at the Emirates Wenger and even his players have been talking of their need of a new forward, Higuain, Suarez, Benzema and Rooney were all targeted. A defensive midfielder and more help in the centre of defence were also apparently needed, there was also plenty of effort trying to secure a new keeper with the QPR keeper said to be odds on to join for most of the summer. Come the last day of the window and Arsenal and Wenger almost treble their previous record transfer fee, destroy their wage structure, pay something like £10m over the top and simply bring in another midfielder in the mould of Wilshere, Cazorla, Arteta and Ramsey as well as another average back up keeper.
Let’s be clear Fellaini and Ozil are both good players but even the most ardent of supporters of both United and Arsenal will have been left disappointed by the events of the transfer window, neither player would have been considered essential to the team or what was actually needed and so it all smacks of desperation.
Just about every club in the top ten, and many below, have managed to strengthen their team and squads in this window, but could you actually the same about United and Arsenal having seen almost all of their targets slip away.
Many supporters of both clubs will be happy that they eventually splashed the cash, many will openly state that they are satisfied with yesterday’s transfer dealings, unfortunately the reality is that these last minute deals have papered over the cracks. Tottenham probably thought on Sunday that they were about to lose the services of Etienne Capoue for a large chunk of the season, a big loss but not so much when you consider that he was an alternative to Sandro and so AVB has quality cover in that position. Imagine either of Ozil or Fellaini picking up a knock, they are not just back up or squad players they have been brought in to galvanise the team and if they were out for any length of time it would be a big loss to them.

Credit Fellaini and Baines for playing through the transfer circus. 0

Posted on August 25, 2013 by Random Spurs Supporter

Gareth Bale has not been seen at Tottenham on the day of any fixture and only bothering to turn up to have imaginary treatment for his imaginary injuries, the most apt being the pain in the arse. Tottenham and his teammates of up to six years in some cases today prepare for their first home fixture of the season and Bale is nowhere to be seen, he is in Marbella preparing to sign a criminally gross six year contract that will earn him £310,000 every week, still it is only a short career. Please don’t tell me that he is not being disrespectful to the club, coach and players that believed in him and helped him to the one great season that catapulted him to superstardom.

Fellaini seems set for exit, but not to Tottenham. 1

Posted on March 09, 2013 by Guest Writer

Everton were comprehensively beaten in todays home FA Cup fixture to Wigan, some might even say that Everton were outclassed as Wigan pulled the trigger with three outstanding goals in the space of just four first half minutes.

Everton supporters might not realise it now but the performance and reaction of Fellaini to this defeat was already demoralising to him, more telling was the crowds reaction to the player himself. Fellaini has been the heartbeat of the team for a while now as they have come to rely upon matchwinning performances and goals from him, he had been less than impressive in a poor Everton display but the crowd reaction as their talisman was being substituted must surely have convinced him that his time was finally up.

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