I find this notion that ambition is linked to spending kind of funny if truth be told.
Now admittedly not everyone believes it, but there is a fair proportion of fans out there who are wanting to see some decent money spent on one or maybe two positions. Either that or they want every deficiency in our squad addressed immediately.
In a way it’s nature of being a fan. We all want to see the best possible squad at NUFC but we all have differing ideas about how we go about it. It’s why places like this are good as it gives us a platform to debate things like this.
I just don’t buy into this whole “we must spend” mentality. Why? We have a team that is showing signs of clicking into gear and that, with a couple of astute additions, is verging on becoming a real force in the Premier League and capable of mounting a hunt for a European place.
The transfer policy we have at the minute is pretty good in my book. Any player that is brought in is carefully scouted to ensure that the likelihood of failure is reduced. How many players have we been disappointed by since we returned to the Premier League? Personally I find that a fair indication of the way we have conducted our business.
If only we showed ambition by signing players like Michael Owen, Damien Duff or Albert Luque again. Those were the days eh? I’m not saying that we should never ever splash out any kind of cash again, but if you look at where we are and what we’ve done I really don’t think you can knock the transfer policy we have in place.
Instead of being vilified, our policy should be lauded. If other teams want to splash cash then let them. We should only be concerned about NUFC and at this current moment in time we have some cracking players in our squad that were brought in for a fraction of what they should have cost.
Those players have got us to 7th in the table, and kept us there, yet there are still howls for more to be spent. We actually have a realistic shot of finishing in 7th too which is more that what can be said about the final years of the Shepherd regime. A realistic chance of one of our best league finishes in a decade isn’t good enough apparently. More more more.
For me the biggest question remains over our commitment to keep the players that we have now. I don’t doubt our ability to bring good players to this club and if they want to do it ‘cheaply’ then fair enough. I don’t look at a price tag on the pitch, I look at the player. Keeping them though is a different matter.
On the surface of it every singe sale that has happened has made sense. Andy Carroll went for silly money, Nolan wanted a deal that would take him into his mid-thirties, Barton had issues with the board and Jose wanted to go. They all made sense in hindsight and like it or not they all wanted to go for one reason or another, whether it be for more money, a longer deal, or for more ambition.
That’s gone now though, and seriously who can knock their replacements? As I said earlier though we need to stop the production line and let things grow for a bit on the ideal world, but if a huge money bid comes in for one of our players I’m more confident now that we’ll be able to replace them.
However cheaply they replacements may be viewed…