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It's a Deal, It's a Steal?

Clear Blue water required. 10 days until the transfer window closes and the rumour mills are going into overdrive...

...Blues are waking up this morning to the latest 'Street of Shame*' generated transfer rumours. What has been noticeable this past three weeks is that the rumours have focused frequently upon who is leaving Fortress Eastlands, as opposed to arriving and to an extent that we hadn't bargained for.

Alledgedly, one Kevin Keegan, a man all too familiar with the brilliant work of the Manchester City Academy is after Micah Richards who has been increasingly touted in some circles as a potential makeweight or transfer funding sale in the absence of any big money signings by City to date this month.

Not only that, Mad Kev is said to be in for Bayern Munich's Daniel Van Buyten and Chelski's Shaun Wright-Phillips. If realised, that's two signings that would infuriate a good number of Blues as they are assets that would clearly strengthen our own relatively small young squad.

One thing's for sure, this morning I'd bet my croissant that City fans worldwide would never have predicted that there would be no significant squad strengthening signings made by the club during the first three weeks of this month. Given that the Nery Castillo deal was arranged before Christmas. The inactivity reminds me of the January torture during the Pearce-Wigley era when we knew we were in deep merde. I recall that our by now widely accepted Greek Tragedy, Georgios Samaras, came in at the last minute one year and the rest has been pisspoor history, lest we forget.

Maybe when Svennis talked about big name signings at the turn of the year he misjudged the fact that major transfers are rare in the January window. He has since acknowledged that fact, but when we steadily see the clubs around us strengthening their squads for the end of season run-in, there is cause for concern. Not least because our side is clearly underperforming now, looking dead legged and needs a lift. The stuttering performances this week against West Ham United should set alarm bells ringing considering the far tougher challenges February will bring.

I maintain that City are still contenders, have a terrifically talented young squad and that the future remains ours. Late January finds us in fifth place. What an opportunity to play in Europe next season this presents. Considering the size and lack of depth of our squad, the team have certainly done well to stay in the European places but you can see they are flagging.

If the club fails to recruit this month, I am sure it will not be for want of trying by Sven and his team, but we need some reassurance that Academy graduates will not be sacrificed in order to strengthen the squad elsewhere. Considering Dr. Thaksin's statements upon buying the club, selling to buy should not even be an issue, but a clear statement of intent and an update on the progress made both off an on the pitch would be welcome.

I appreciate the fact that City are aiming to not be held to ransom by other clubs and I like Sven's straight bat style in dealing with press conference transfer inquiries.

But if we are to compete at the very top level and build upon the tremendous achievements of the season so far then we are going to have to recruit and recruit quickly.

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday January 21 2008
Time: 8:49AM

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When you say other clubs have been strengthening their squads, has there been any signings that would have benefited our Club ???
21/01/2008 09:33:00
Of signings made across the League this month, I'm not a fan of Anelka's "downing tools when he want's to leave" track record, but his style of play allied to his goal scoring record would have suited our playing system. Other clubs have already got squads with depth and options, especially our European rivals. This City squad is very much in it's infancy under Sven and needs bolstering. Play like we did this week against Arsenal and the rags and we will be soundly beaten.
Johnny Baguette
21/01/2008 09:40:00
Can anybody out there back up the rumour that Dimitar Berbatov's agent was at Eastlands for the West Ham game yesterday invited by Sven?
Johnny Baguette
21/01/2008 09:43:00
We just looked tired and they need a rest, a full week before the next game. I think if the Wham FA Cup match had been decided first time round, we might have played better having had more rest, having said that West Ham played well, and they have two wingers attacked from both sides, are we predictable, when sides stop Petrov and Elano we seem to dry up. Buying for just the sake of it does the club no good. Quality is needed in the midfield to allow Svennis to rest players. Strikers like Bianchi needs more time to gel, but the only way that can happen is for him to play week in week out, I am sure he will benefit from this.
Buzz Lightyear
21/01/2008 12:39:00
JB I am sure the talk about SWP and Richards and all the other players being banded about going to Newcastle are just paper talk unless of course KK has a very large bag full of money. I think we are still good enough to get into Europe and Svennis is still hopeful of signing someone before the transfer window.
Buzz Lightyear
21/01/2008 12:42:00
I'm certainly not advocating buying for the sake of it, Buzz. I'm advocating continuing the steady rebuilding of our squad by bringing in quality players out of neccessity if we are to make Europe this season. Vassell could have sustained serious injury from Boa Morte yesterday. As it stands, he took a nasty knock, the full extent is unclear. Samaras is going any day now and Bianchi could follow. Should we be prepared to see the team continue as it is without reinforcements? If Bianchi goes and Vassell is injured, that would leave us with no match fit strikers. Mpenza the likeliest to return first. I am sure Sven agrees and will be urgently trying to bring players in. A degree of Blues are mindful of the fact that we are on a different planet to where we were 12 months ago and should be happy with that. I'm not. A hell of a lot of hard work has been put in to get us where we are now and it would be gutting to see that momentum and maintained status fall away.
Johnny Baguette
21/01/2008 12:49:00
The Barcodes billionaire owner is ready to splash the cash apparantly, Buzz! He's riding the Mad Kev euphoria wave and will know that a couple of big signings will boost their fans optimism (if misguided) even further.
Johnny Baguette
21/01/2008 12:51:00
Stop press: Football 365 the first to report this morning that Lukas Podolksi might becoming in on loan from Bayern. Watch this space...and the back of the opponents net.
Johnny Baguette
21/01/2008 12:54:00
JB I know you dont want buying for just the sake of it, but if we do buy then we should buy quality, if we can't get it now, then we should wait and hope that we can achieve Europe with this squad.
Buzz Lightyear
21/01/2008 13:14:00
Yes I have seen the same report re Podolski. I just cant belive that Kevin in a few days now knows where he needs to strengthen his squad, but we all know that he can charm players to him, but not all his buys are good ones. If he wants Richards then he will have to pay through the niose for him, dont forget any tranfer fee we get Oldham get a chunk of it too, so I cannot see us selling below £30 mill, then we can go and get DVB for 2.
Buzz Lightyear
21/01/2008 13:18:00
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