Date:Tuesday September 1 2009
So, finally, the silly season is over. We sold Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez left for Citeh, in came Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen and we also cut a deal for Mame Biram Diouf who is set to join in January. Is that good enough?
Many fans were clamouring for big name signings. David Silva, Franck Ribery, Sergio Aguero, Karim Benzema - you name it. We made a move only for one of them, Benzema, and we were priced out and he wanted to go to Madrid anyway.
Fergie, quite rightly in the circumstances, refused to pay way over the odds for some star player, just because of a panic attack after the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo. In my view he was right: Aguero is not worth £45m - after all, Liverpool got Fernando Torres for less than half of that, from the very same club AND he was a local lad, a cult hero.
So yes, the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, even though it landed us some fine money, also distorted the market and led to some insane prices. It was probably wiser to leave serious spending for the next summer which I believe Fergie did.
All this, however, does not mean that we couldn't have invested more. I do not have a worldwide scouting network available so I cannot name any potential players but I think the club's existing scouts should have come up with a recommendation for a good central midfield player. We are short on players in that area of the field, there's no way to get round that fact. The reasons have been listed hundreds of times, won't go through them again.
Maybe another striker would have been nice as well - instead of Michael Owen even though I realise that for free he does not represent a great risk. But I would have preferred a faster, fitter, better all-round player. How I yearn for a fit, strong Louis Saha...
So to answer my own question: yes, this transfer window was a bit disappointing. Obviously it would be better if we signed Ribery and Benzema instead of Obertan and Owen but that wasn't a real option, for several reasons. Could have done with a few more players, even if not in that 'glamour range' - but Fergie, apparently, has faith in his current squad. We can only hope it's justified.
Date:Tuesday September 1 2009
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