Date:Thursday October 2 2008
January may be a while off yet, but the work for the January transfer window has already long begun. But with the rise to prominence of players such as Keith Treacy, Martin Olsson and Danny Simpson to name a few, the question remains - do we need to spend a lot in January?
Paul Ince has certainly not been afraid to blood the youngsters - something Sparky avoided. It certainly makes our squad look a bit bigger. It will certainly make things easier for Incey in the long run.
Ince is known to be looking for more competition for the right wing spot, however the emergence of some of the youngsters has decreased the need for wholesale re-inforcements.
Ince himself has confessed his current squad options are getting better and better as more players step up to the plate. This has been shown with a number of young players being given squad numbers.
Ince, speaking to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, said: "At this club we have to be looking at bargain players. We can`t go out and buy players for £10-15 million, we just can`t do that.
"So we have to look for another Samba or another Nelsen. Keith Andrews has come in and done ever so well and we will be looking in January.
"When you have triallists you always have a long-list. But at the moment, the way the guys have been playing that long-list becomes a short-list.
"It does not mean we don`t need to strengthen because we still need to build but for the ones who hadn`t been involved to go out and perform like that was exceptional."
"Villa spend £60m, Spurs £60-70m, but we can`t do that. It is hard but you have to try and find bargain players. We spent 4.2m Euros on Grella as a midfield player.
"Everton spend £15m on one. It shows the vast difference between the money we have got.
"The centre halfs looked absolutely solid, and we have a decent squad here but we have to keep improving it.
"If we keep performing like we have been it is great because it gives me a headache and that is what you want."
I think we can all agree, except Oz of course, that the squad looks healthy, we can more or less name two teams that will give most teams a game.
For example -
Robinson, Simpson, Samba, Nelsen, Warnock, Emerton, Grella, Dunn, Pedersen, Santa Cruz, Derbyshire can be complimented with Brown, Reid, Ooijer, Zurab, Olsson, Villanueva, Andrews, Tugay, Treacy, Roberts, Benni Mac.
I am sure we will make a few quality signings but looking at the squad, we some good options. Furthermore, with the emergence of Nolan, Kane, Judge and even the temporary signing of Robbie Fowler etc... the future does indeed look bright, it also lookes Blue and White ;)
Date:Thursday October 2 2008
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