Thursday, June 30, 2011

Gardner's question time

As another alleged Toon transfer target joins the Mackems from Birmingham, you have to ask the question: what's with the flood of players queuing up to sell their souls to the devils? First Seb Larsson and Keiren Westwood, then Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham, then South Korean striker Ji Dong-won earlier today, and now Gardner. I can only assume either that Brucey's busy hoodwinking potential recruits with the prospectus for a completely different club and city, or that he's got photos of them all in compromising situations.

Almost equally mystifying is the fact that we don't seem to have been linked with a French-born player for at least 72 hours...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact is none of these players must be good enough for the toon,if we wanted them we would have them,who in there right mind would choose sunderland over newcastle lol

Ba will score twice as many as whickham next season!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe coz you aint got 2 halfpennys to scratch your a**es with the Mackems are buying all the worthwhile talent, not second rate french might be,s on a par with Scottish prem league (no offense to Scottish prem)

9:44 p.m.  
Blogger Ben said...

We've got £35m to spend, if Jabba decides to put his hands in his pockets. Not sure of the wisdom of buying half the midfield of a team that got relegated (though of course we too were interested in both), and while Wickham's a good prospect you've paid a lot of money for someone who hasn't done a great deal yet and who won't be a regular starter this coming season. So don't go getting too cocky just yet.

10:49 p.m.  
Blogger Keith Hutton said...

The harsh reality of life is the club is in disarray, the owner wants to sell but nobody is showing the slightest interest and all the player of any note are bailing out. The 35 mill is in the account of a merchant bank in London and the future looks bleak. It is high time reality set in and the intelligent management team at Sunderland are copied before it is too late. Relegation would have happened last year without Nolan Enrique and Barton and we might not have them

6:55 a.m.  
Blogger Ben said...

Sorry Keith - can't agree with that. Yes I didn't agree with the Nolan sale, and yes it's worrying that the likes of Enrique and ASBO, the pillars of last season, might follow him out of the door. But we've made some promising signings and Jabba has at least got the club on a firmer financial footing at last. The same can't be said of the Mackems - 'intelligent management team' my arse. There's nothing intelligent about completely unsustainable investment from a sugar daddy that leaves Quinny whining that if fans don't continue to put bums on seats they'll have to flog their prize assets...

1:52 p.m.  
Anonymous PJ said...

Sunderland had 40.5 mil.from the sale of Bent/Henderson & have so far spent 22mil. & gotten 7 players in amongst which they have got Wickham/Larsson to replace above 2 players. Cannot fault them & they look like top half finishers if their defence plays like it did in 1st half of last season. As for us, inspite of good deals available we don't seem to be going for it - Sturridge on loan, cut-price Pavlyuchenko/Crouch I could make a laundry list of what I've spotted in last month or so. Instead we are willing to pay 7mil for Long (a Champ. player for that price & not a young one!) & take horrible Bridge from City @90k/week salary to replace Enrique!

2:24 p.m.  
Anonymous PJ said...

Have also read that Coloccini might be forced out due to his 90K/week wages while he wants to stay (unless we have trouble finding a buyer). This despite the fact that the next highest salaries are 2/3rd of Golliwog above (Gutierrez, Barton etc.) & overall wage bill is now 5/6th lowest in the league (~40mil v/s 174mil-Chelsea or even 110mil Liv). Talking of 'Pool they have ~10 players to rid off who they cant seem to sell, why not get them to fund 50% salary of Joe Cole/Jovanovic/Poulsen/Ngog (keeping Konch/Kyrgiakos away)& take them on loan? That would please Ass-ley as well!

2:37 p.m.  
Blogger Ben said...

Personally I think Long might be worth a punt - £7m seems a bit pricey but Reading would be unlikely to settle for much less. Not sure Chelsea will let Sturridge go out on loan again - permanent deal or nothing, probably. I've always liked Wayne Bridge as a player, but he's gone off the boil badly of late and those wages are prohibitive. Don't fancy touching any of those Liverpool players...

12:04 a.m.  

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