After a number of weeks of hectic activity things are now a little quiet on the transfer front. Most of the news this week has concerned deals being closed (Benitez, Bowyer) and deals that were never really on in the first place (Viera). Fortunately the Barton rumours seem to have died down.
Two interesting stories this week concerned comments from Alex McLeish. The first revealed that he didn’t believe that we yet had a good enough team to stay up and still needed more players. This could just have been a plea to the board to open their wallets a few more times but is a little worrying. I believe we already have a good chance of survival which will only be improved by new signings. If I look around the Premiership I can see a lot of teams that we could compete with, Hull, Wolves, Stoke, Burnley, Wigan and Portsmouth are the main ones.
The second story was about the need for a midfield general that we can all agree with. A central pairing of Carsley and Bowyer is fine for the Championship but will not cut it at the higher level. The thing is, who is available and would we be able to get them. There are not too many candidates that come to mind. I expect that we will have to look abroad to find our man although all the links from May and June seemed to have died away. Biglia would have fitted the bill nicely.
So this week’s poll is about how to fill the gap in midfield. Select what you would do and let us know any suggestions you have in the comment box.