Monday, July 09, 2007

Top Deco?

According to the usually reliable, Newcastle are closing in on Barcelona and Portugal star Deco.

I'll be honest, when rumours abounded that we were in Barcelona talking about players, it wasn't a huge surprise to see us linked to Eidur Gudjohnsen - a player who has struggled to establish himself at the Camp Nou, but who is clearly a very good player with proven Premiership quality. However, the issue with Gudjohnsen is one of need - assuming we keep all of our strikers, do we actually need the Icelandic international?

However, Deco is a whole different ball game.

This is a player who tends to play in midfield, but can also play off the striker(s).

The two questions which spring from this are: is this a return to the days of us buying a "star" rather than building a team, and if we do sign him, where are we going to play him?

I suspect that Allardyce is too canny to allow one player to distract him from the fact that we clearly need to sign further defensive cover. If we do sign Deco I'll be welcoming him with open arms (but then I said the same about Fat Pat, and countless others in the past...), but what we mustn't do is think that his arrival signifies the solution to our problems.

Also, does this mean we are likely to be playing 3-5-2 next season?


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