Seen as this transfer window it seems like Alan Pardew has been given the MEGA war chest of £8 million by Mike Ashley I thought it’d be topical to ask all of you what you’d do with the money you had to spend.
Everywhere I turn I see fans discussing transfers and who we should buy, but they rarely keep to the budget which we’ve got. I know we should have more, but it seems we only have £8 million so for the purpose of this, stick to the budget, please?
I know that this article is based mostly around you lot, and what you’d do with the £8m, but here’s my suggestions, and lastly, make sure your valuations of players are sensible.
I personally think we need three or four players, but I’m going to stick with three for this, mainly due to funds. The positions I will buy are a striker, a winger and a versatile defender.
The first player that I’d buy would be Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard. He’s a name that you may remember from our Championship season as he scored two beauties against us at Ashton Gate. He’s a quick skilful striker who could play off either Ba or Best, and he has an eye for goal. He’d cost around £2 million as he’s out of contract in the summer and at the age of 25 he’s an age which we’d be happy with signing.
£6 million left
The second player I would buy would be Nedum Onuoha who is currently frozen out at Manchester City. He’s a player who can play all across the back four, so he’d offer cover at centre back when Steven Taylor returns but could also play at left back or right back if Simpson were to leave. He’s only 25 too so he’d fit into our age range, and with him not being used at City we could pick him up for around £3 million.
£3 million left
I really struggled with this one, to find a winger with more end product than our wingers for a measly £3 million. Despite being unpopular, I think my choice would be Jermaine Pennant of Stoke. The Stoke winger scored three goals and created seven goals last year, and would provide good service for our strikers. He’s not afraid to beat a man or have a shot, so he’d offer something different. He’s currently not starting for Stoke and they only paid around 2 million for them, so I can’t imagine he’d cost us more than £3 million. At 28 he may be a little bit too old, but we’d get a good three years out of him.
That may leave a spare £12k for the signing of Jason Prior if his trial proves successful but little more. We would have two players with good Premier League experience and a hungry quick striker looking to prove himself at the top level. That would be a window which made me very happy, it won’t happen, but it’d be nice.
Who would you buy for £8 million?