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Monday, August 01, 2005

On the subject of being able to change your mind...

There seems to have been some positive feedback on football blogging and I do have a couple of thoughts.

Michael Owen to United. Once this would have horrified me. Owen always seemed to be the Tim Henman of English football. BUT he does score at a high level and Saha's future looks doubtful while Alan Smith looks like he'll be shifting back into midfield. So...

And Essien is never going to Arsenal or United. Lyon are trying to get Chelsea to cough up more money. Probably.

5 Comments:

Blogger J. B. Hood said...

But do you offer Saha or even Ruud in exchange? Just to keep things from getting too crowded?

August 02, 2005

 
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

Now that I think about it, wouldn't a midfielder of whatever sort be more apropos? Keane, Scholes, Giggs are all old-timers...seems like that's where the long-term need really is.

I suppose the lack of goals last year is what had me thinking, "striker," but if a stronger midfield does their job, then maybe that would solve the problem...

August 02, 2005

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Not Ruud. No way. For no one. Far too valuable when fully fit. As for Saha, do you mean in a deal for Essien? If so, yes (I doubt it would really happen ) because I think you're right there is a strong case for United needing a long term midfielder due to age. I never saw Park last season but people who did say he was pretty impressive. But a long term relacement for Keane is going to be a serious problem too. There are too many rumours about Saha and I suspect he could go.

Latest news is that Newcastle are in for Owen.

August 02, 2005

 
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

I'm not sure he'd go to Newcastle...no european football, finished way down at the bottom last season. Shearer still gets too much playing time.

I don't mean Saha for Essien or Owen straight up--I mean throwing in Saha to reduce the cost, knock 6mil off the price tag. Ruud would go straight up, but you're right, they won't sell him. I still think they should--how much time does a striker have? He is already 29. I like what ManU did with Beckham and Arse with Vieira--get value while you can, I say.

August 03, 2005

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

I'd surprised if Owen went to Newcastle too. I reckon if no top English club went for him he'll go somewhere on the continent.

I didn't mean to imply a straight swap of Saha for Essien but, as you say, the swap plus money. That was the rumour and it might be a good thing (although I don't think Saha has had a fair chance due to injuries). But if Chelsea want him they'll get him. Kenyon would definitely want to try annoying United.

I understand what you say about Ruud but I seem to have too much of an emotional connection to his goalscoring record in Europe.

August 03, 2005

 

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