The Great Grumbleduke
- Aug 6, 2005
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I dare say that if we had another 6 points or so on the board, HRH & Co. may be more willing to open up the purse strings to see if we can bring in a real difference maker or two for the remainder of the season to see us safe. As it is, despite our win last night (which I'm delighted with as is everyone else), we have 5 points after 18 games and are about to play three title challengers/Champions league chasers on the spin. There is a very real possibility that after 21 games, we will have 5 points and have very little prospect of surviving. Given that, I would say the better commercial decision is, on balance, to hold back significant funds for the summer where they will likely be needed to hold on to better players/bring others in, to attempt a promotion push.
The odds are that any spending now solely aimed at surviving would be 'wasted'. As much as it pains me to say it. If we can win 1 of our next 3 in the league then perhaps I'll change my tune but our current position, as we all know, is pretty desperate as regards staying up.
choudray is a good shout and other posters have advocated him as well just feel we need an attacking midfielder with goals in em as wellWe're in a bit of a weird period. Prior to the Newcastle game, spending anything on loans just felt like chucking money away when it could potentially be saved and used next year as we attempt to re-build. Now, loans feel like a bit more of an option, although our priority positional signings (LCB, a midfielder) seem like shifting a bit after last night's performance and the fast recovery of JOC.
Hamza Choudhury for me would be a priority loan signing. We could cover his wages (which Spotrac puts at <10k a week) and he'd provide depth and competition for the spot at the base of the midfield. When Berge returns from injury, have him focus on competing with Lundstram for the RCM slot. We looked great last night but it was against one of the league's weaker sides, and bringing Choudhury in for games where we expect to have less of the ball would add a new dynamic.
So you have given up then.
I don't get this don't waste money on players now, we have to give it ago we obviously need players we can't even name a full bench.
Yes we are playing 3 teams at the top in the next few games but once they are over we won't have to play them again but other teams at the bottom will.
I still think we are better than WBA, Burnley & Brighton.
Yes its one hell of a mountain to climb but lets at least give it a good go.
We've spent significant money, but it was necessary. Still seeing a lot of criticism for Wilder's signings, but I've not heard many better suggestions than the players we signed, or reportedly wanted, aligning with the necessary wage and transfer budget (bearing in mind the club barely has a scouting network).Broomhall Blade I accept that there is a valid counter argument to mine, but my argument is far less about 'giving up' and a lot more about an 'on balance' view from the perspective of HRH and the board. As a fan, it almost goes without saying that if an opportunity to bring better players in exists, I want to see it happen.
Therein lies the problem; as a fan I can want/hope/demand for more money spent and more players brought in without it having any real world impact on the club.
I think we also need to acknowledge that the board have sanctioned significant spending (for us) during our time in the Premier League. They will have their reservations about CW's ability to spend money wisely given our dramatic regression in performance and points this year and that is fair enough.
Something we can probably agree on: win against Spurs at the weekend and it really will make things interesting.
We've spent significant money, but it was necessary. Still seeing a lot of criticism for Wilder's signings, but I've not heard many better suggestions than the players we signed, or reportedly wanted, aligning with the necessary wage and transfer budget (bearing in mind the club barely has a scouting network).
Yep you make a well rounded point.Oh I wouldn't argue it wasn't necessary, it absolutely was. Regardless, money spent is money spent - we all know that we have very limited funds by comparison to most others in the Premier League. Arguably, there is greater pressure on CW & the team to get it right because we idon'thave the luxury of writing off millions of pounds and trying again. My point being that personally, I would understand if the board took the view that releasing further significant funds in this window is throwing good money after bad.
I'm also fully aware of the restrictions and challenges we have in recruiting at Premier League level and I do like to think of myself as a fan that can see further than the end of my nose. I personally wouldn't call any of our summer signings failures because I wouldn't judge a player in a single season. The likes of Brewster and Lowe may well be United stalwarts in the next few seasons for all we know today, playing a starring role in a successful side. Let's hope so.
That being said (and to return to the main thrust of my posts in this thread); from HRH & the board's point of view, they will be disappointed that for the outlay this season, we've performed as poorly as we have (for the most part, I happen to think we haven't actually been as bad as the points tally suggests). Regardless of whether you or I agree/disagree about the effectiveness of our recruitment, you'd surely agree with that?