Originally Posted by Lemlin
So, the spending is now over and I'd be interested in hearing people's opinions. We've signed one established PL player in Dann. Yakubu has been off form for a number of seasons so I don't think he can be described as established. Goodwillie, Petrovic, Vukcevic and Ribeiro are all unproven in the PL and I'd be happy to see their signings if it had been alongside some established PL players who could make an instant impact on the squad. We don't have time for these lads to be finding their feet.
My one other problem is that we signed a central defender for 7.7 million. I think that money would have been better spent on a midfielder or striker. Peter Crouch went to Stoke. Sean Wright Phillips went to QPR. Darren Gibson could have been available for 3-4 million at United. Wilson Palacios was available.
Mick McCarthy went out and bought Roger Johnson and Jamie O'Hara. Just two established PL players and look at the turnaround in Wolves' fortunes so far. I really think that 3 to 4 key signings could have moved Rovers on and Kean has failed to do that.
So you have ruled Yakubu out of the running to be included as one of your established Premier League players, despite him being younger than Peter Crouch and having a better Premier League goal scoring record than him.
Ok, Yakubu has not set the world alight in the past few seasons, and had to be shipped out to Leicester, but Crouch has only scored 12 Premier League goals for Spurs. You seem to indicate above that you would rather the money we spent on Dann was spent on someone like Crouch? Seriously?
Myles Anderson 20
David Goodwillie 22
Radoslav Petrovic 22
Bruno Ribeiro 28
Simon Vukcevic 25
Scott Dann 24
Jordan Slew 18
Looking above, it is clear the club want to invest the majority of their money on younger players. It is the best business model for the club in my opinion, and one which offers the best value for money.
Moving onto Wolves, you are really putting the signing of "just two" established Premier League players down to the turnaround in their fortunes? Let us ignore the fact that O'Hara was there for 14 of their games last season. They have played 3 games so far this season, winning 2 and drawing 1, last season they won 1 and drew 2 of their opening 3. Not a huge difference to be honest.
Wolves This Season
Blackburn, Away, Won 2-1
Fulham, Home, Won 2-0
Villa, Away, Drew 0-0
Wolves Last Season
Blackburn, Away, Lost 3-2
Fulham, Home, Drew 1-1
Villa, Away, Won 1-0
Even if we break it down into who they played, you can't really describe it as a change of fortunes, especially based on the signing of "just two" established Premier League players. It is laughable to be honest.
We know you hate Kean, we know you hate Venky's, we know you want them both out, you are not alone in that regard, but you really don't have to come up with drivel like you have above to try and justify it all.
I know it is each to their own and all that, but i myself would rather money be spent on decent young prospects like most of it has been. I am especially delighted that the money was spent on Dann than over the hill established Premier League players like Crouch or Shaun Wright-Phillips.