In the last two transfer windows, while we haven’t seen enough players come through the door, we can at least point to some very good buys the club has made.
Sebastien Bassong – what a signing for about £1.5M
We say that because here are some players we’ve signed in the last two windows with their estimated transfer fee -we brought nobody in a year ago when Kevin rejoined the club:
- Sebastien Bassong – Metz – £1.5M
- Danny Guthrie – Liverpool – £2M
- Jonas Gutierrez – Real Mallorca – £1M
- Ryan Taylor – Wigan – £1.5M
- Kevin Nolan – Bolton – £4M
There’s five first teamers for a total cost of around £10M, and that’s very good business.
We can also add in Fabricio Coloccini, from Deportivo La Coruna for another £10M, who was our biggest signing at the club, since Ashley took over.
However Fabricio has been going through a little difficulty recently and his lack of pace is starting to show up, although he’s very experienced and reads the game well.
His lack of speed and heading ability is complemented well by young Sebastien Bassong.
When we look at these signings, we have to think that if we can get another five like this lot for even £20M in the summer, we’ll be doing well.
And if we can get a bigger signing in like Fabricio, maybe that could be Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon, who we tried to get last month.
But when we look at the players who are performing for the team, it’s not always the big signings who turn out to be the best players.
If nobody knew what Coloccini and Bassong cost the club, we said one was £10M and one was £1.5M – who would most people think the £10M player was?
You get the point.
So we’ve done quite well in the transfer market – and yes – that’s looking on the bright side of things.
And we really expect there to be a big clear-out this summer with some of our high wage earners leaving.
We expect Viduka, Cacapa, Geremi, Xisco, Gonzalez (loan) Owen and Edgar, to definitely go in the summer, and possibly be joined by both Smith and Enrique, although we’d like to see Jose stay with us.
Those we can get transfer fees for would be (with estimates), Geremi (£3M) Xisco (£2M), Smith (£3M) and Enrique(£4M), and while there will be obvious debate on these estimates, we should be able to get about £12M for those players moving out – and the others are out of contract in the summer.
So there’s £12M for Joe to spend this summer, but since we brought in about £8M in January, maybe that will be added to the summer transfer kitty, and hey, maybe Mike will even add some more, depending on the economic climate, which we don’t expect to be much improved any time soon.
But he could at least have £20M to spend – and if we spend as wisely as we’ve done in the past that could bring some good players into the club this summer.
But we’ve said that before, and if we’re still in the Premier League cope June, watch for Joe to wheel and deal – big time.