The transfer window has just one week remaining and as things stands it is us who are the biggest spenders after the arrival of Papiss Demba Cisee.
Now personally I never thought that would be the case although it is down to what has been an unusually quiet transfer window combined with an unusual willingness for not so fatty to splash a bit of cash.
I very much doubt that we’ll end the window as the biggest spenders though. We are entering the danger zone when the action starts to heat up and teams become that little bit more desperate to acquire that final piece of the jigsaw in preparation for whatever their aspirations are for the rest of the season, whether that be Premier League survival, a chase for a European place or a stab at the title.
After last January you can forgive fans of NUFC for being rather pensive as the window reaches its climax. The Andy Carroll transfer worked out with the benefit of hindsight, but last season it left a massive hole in our attack which, fortunately, Leon Best managed to fill.
So are you worried about the same thing happening this time around? We’ve heard allsorts of rumours and have some cracking players that bigger eyes will be watching. Demba Ba has been rumoured with a move away, as has Yohan Cabaye. Cheik Tiote is always linked with a move and Tim Krul is another NUFC player who has not gone unnoticed.
By now I think that most are aware that we won’t just sell for the sake of it. If anyone wants our players they must be prepared to have their eyeballs ripped out on any deal, much like we did with Liverpool 12 months ago. In fact that is one area where I have to praise the regime – if a player does go, he doesn’t go on the cheap unless they are not wanted at the club ala Joey Barton.
Anyway I digress…
So any team who wants our players will have to pay handsomely for the privilege, but with desperation increased you just never know what can happen in the final few days of the transfer window. Add to that the fact that we would have little time to respond in the transfer market and all of a sudden a transfer window with promise starts to look a little less pleasant should we shed one of our big stars and not have the time to replace them.
The question is, are you worried about it?