I haven’t penned (typed) an article for a month or so now simply because the other chaps on here have done a sterling job of reporting rumour and fact alike about possible transfers at NUFC, and also I’ve had nothing to say.
What has spurred me into action today was a conversation with @BillQuayDad last night. Basically se were talking about how worried he is that we will lose out on players we want because of our hard line negotiations.
Over the last few weeks it seems that we have two players on the radar who are almost certainly targets in the imminent future. Double D is who I’m talking about. Not Andy “Pies” Reid’s double D’s…. I mean Debuchy and Douglas. Both of these chaps have been linked with us for months now but we are yet to see much movement. For me this is now getting to the point where it is causing concern.
Last season our transfer activity was over in a flurry at the start of the summer window (apart from Davide Santon’s late arrival) and I am sure that many people will agree it worked well for the squad who had time to get to know each other and settle into some sort of unit a lot quicker. It seems now, however, that as clubs have become aware of our transfer success and, from what we can gather from the outside, they seem to be placing larger/different type of price tags onto players. This is something which I doubt comes as a surprise to our hierarchy who no doubt have planned meticulously for this, and can find a way round it.
Because of this I do think we are in danger of losing transfer targets to other clubs who are willing to put their hands slightly deeper in their pockets. I wholeheartedly agree with the way we now deal with transfers but with last season’s success it has made negotiations tougher with clubs and then players and agents. This will mean that our men in the know should make sure that they adapt to our success by offering realistic terms.
The other issue I currently have is the amount of youth players we peddled earlier in the summer. I agree that if people aren’t good enough they should be peddled and granted, there are now new players promoted from the academy BUT I would like to see more players on our books who are 18 and under. I have seen many articles in the past about raiding South America, amongst other places, for talent and it is something I feel really strongly about. I do see massive benefit in doing it and love the thought of us going to Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia to pick up talent. For all I know we might be in these countries, doing deals now but alongside this must be the right youth coaching set up to nurture talent as they do outside of this country.
Anyway…rant (ish) over. Sign Douglas, sign Debuchy, and sign some kids for the “development team”.