Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Righting Bobby's wrong?

Interesting to hear that Souness tried to resign Nobby Solano from Villa in the transfer window, and that he also wants between 3 and 5 players in the summer. Obviously the papers have picked up on the fact that he would like to see Michael Owen at St James, but who of us wouldn't?

Of the speculation for the summer, it seems apparent that a right sided midfielder is a priority, as is at least one top class striker. Whether Souness will also be chasing a left winger (back in for Boa Morte?) is open to debate.

The problem with chasing Owen is, why would he want to come and play for us? Unless we can offer the prospects of winning trophies, and Champions League football, are we really likely to appeal to a man who I doubt will just be looking for a lot of cash?

Whether Nobby will be allowed out of Brum is doubtful, and if he does leave, I'm betting it will be for more than the pittance we let him go for. In which case, Fat Fred is going to need to put his hand in his pocket and pull out a very fat wad of cash.

At a rough guess, a top class striker and a few other players is going to cost us somewhere in the region of twenty million quid – quite how we are going to raise this kind of cash remains to be seen.

Still, it's nice to hear that Souness wants to play 4-4-2 and also that he's hoping to land some big name players. The question will be whether or not he manages it.


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