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Should Mark Hughes Rethink His Transfer Policy?

Should Mark Hughes Rethink His Transfer Policy?

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Around this time last week we all clung onto the words that Mark Hughes uttered when he mentioned the fact that their could be some new faces around the club.

The time has come and he has failed to deliver. I know bids where rejected and that`s not his fault, its down to the board and Gary Cook, but I wouldn`t have minded if bids where rejected for say, Villa, Barry and Buffon, but for Bids in the excess of £10 million plus to be rejected on such players as Bellamy, Parker and Santa Cruz?

I am ambitious and the club should be to! Wasting time and effort for players who can bring in "premiership experience" is all good and dandy when their the likes of Barry, Toure and of course our only signing, Bridge, but am I the only one who doesn`t seem to get why were putting in bids for mediocre players who would only be able to lift the club to about 6th at most. I mean Hughes is all for improving the quality in the side but Bellamy and Parker would only be on par with what we already have! Ok this means we will have suitable cover, but it will never get us fighting for the title. I have been a critic of Mark Hughes, but I do generally want him to bring success to club, because Manchester City are a good solid, professional club who have the best fans as a foothold to boost them further up the table, But I have to question the man`s ambition?

Why bid around £18 million pounds for Santa Cruz? Michael Owen is available even though the Toon boss has stated the opposite. He is not stupid and neither are the board of Newcastle. Why would they risk loosing a player for nothing when they can cash in around £12 million pounds? Manchester City then get a fantastic player who has not been the luckiest, rather than his old pal at Blackburn who`s had one season, and also looks a magnet for injuries?

Who am I to say what Hughes should do? I`m only a loyal and loving fan of a club that only wants what`s best for the club. Hughes is a Manchester United lover, who seems to be out of his depth. I have been getting a big of stick for slating Hughes over and over, but like I keep saying, I`m waiting for him to prove me wrong.

Hughes also seems to blame everybody except himself? I can bet anyone on this site, that if we perform badly against Portsmouth he will hide behind the "we have many first team players out injured" excuse.

Rant over, I look forward to Saturday, COME ON CITY!

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Date:Friday January 9 2009
Time: 4:55PM


I think the point is that Hughes understands his situation better than us. While money talks, he knows it's virtually impossible for us to sign any big names players in this transfer window under the player(s) forces the move themselves. Simply put, no club wants to lose their players in this window, so he's going for a transfer policy by targetting players we have a chance of signing. On top of that, he's recognised that a lot of players in the team aren't motivated to play for him, and (perhaps quite rightly) wants them out as soon as possible. However, with no prospect of big name replacements, he's being forced to look for stop-gap signings who will want to play for him and will at least be better than reserve signings. To do this, he's simply targetting all the better players from his managerial past, because he knows they'll walk into the team and want to please him. At the moment, like it or not, signing average-standard players is about the only thing we can do, so rather than just kicking his heels and saying "it's Kaka or nothing", Hughes is trying to make a little progress by getting rid of the trouble makers. Is it a good transfer policy? Is it what's best for the club? Probably not, but I honestly think it's the only way we're going to sign any players at all right now.
09/01/2009 17:25:00
I do think Hughes could come good and do think we need to buy the kind of players he is looking to buy as cover for current players so we can put out a strong team every game (as well as adding any top signings we can get) but i don't understand why fees are only being discussed now. I know its only nine days in but such figures could have been agreed before now. Diarra's deal to Madrid got sorted before and they just had to finish the paperwork once the window opened. It was Hughes that said he wanted the players sooner rather than later and with current injuries it would have been good to have more cover. I do think some of this will be due to Cook and the board but they know the situation. Pull yer fingers out guys, we need results, most top players won't come to a lower mid table team!
09/01/2009 17:55:00
I agree with both above comments, suspensions and injury, will now come more into the season and we are short of good squad players and little cover for certain positions, none of the top teams do any business in this window and the top teams want to keep their top players, lets get what we can to cover and move on up the table and look forward to the summer.
Buzz Lightyear
09/01/2009 18:59:00
While I am concerned about the quality of player for the money spoken about lets face it at the moment we are very light on in the squad numbers. We can build a more exciting team in summer if we have a solid base to work on
09/01/2009 19:32:00
Hughes is signing his friends, if they dont perform for him either - then we are in deep trouble. Cruz has scored 3 goals in 16 games this season.... same amount as jo. I give up at times with city :(
enzo city
09/01/2009 19:37:00
Villa,Messi,Kaka is impossible now even could be in Summer if u don't have any UEFA CUP or UCL.Not every one will run after money.
09/01/2009 19:46:00
People talk about the Diarra deal being done and dusted by Jan 1 well they didn't exactly get him on the cheap at £24m. No wonder it was done and dusted so early as Pompey were desperate for the money. They also concluded the deal for Defoe for £15m again not exactly cheap. I don't blame Hughes not being held to ransom for moderate players at double their market value. If I was him I would tell them all to get stuffed and continue shopping on the Continent.
09/01/2009 21:18:00
I still wonder why plans B and C havent been put into operation..... because he doesnt look like getting his first choices due to the high prices being turned down.......its already a third of the way though the window.......!!!!!
10/01/2009 07:28:00
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