AVB: No need to spend in January!
To some extent it is heartening to know that our manager is happy with his players and that all seems to be going somewhere near to plan to make any spending non essential, even if we accept that we do ideally need to bring in a few players to bolster the squad and add quality to one or two areas of the team. I think that although we, and I'm sure AVB would like to bring in players, it remains more about getting the right players, at the right price and perhaps building on what we have achieved to date as opposed to adding another three or four players and destabilising the improvements made.
Sure getting Willian, Moutinho or God knows who else is on our wanted list would be considered a step forward and equally the last thing we want to happen is to have tired legs or a lack of depth spoil a good start to a season, especially when we will hopefully do well in one or both of the Europa league or FA Cup. But we also don't want to be buying in haste and regretting it down the line or paying silly money for others that we can ill afford, just top chase a dream. Question is whether we truly believe a manager who seems quite confident at keeping his cards close to his chest and seems to be looking at the long as opposed to short term goals for the clubs development.
We do have to consider the returning Parker, Kaboul and BAE in the coming weeks and also the development of players such as Carroll and Falque, who seem to be improving rapidly and already don't look out of place in our starting eleven when they have got the chance to play. Add those to the potential of Emmanuel Adebayor not going to the ACN in the new year (unless of course he again changes his mind) and our squad isn't quite as bad as some and you don't see too many areas that are in desperate need of work, unless we suffer cronic and unlucky injuries in key areas.
If we look at players such as Moutinho or William, we also have to consider the timing of any deal. Would either want to jump ship when their current clubs are doing well in the Champions league and joining any club in mid-season is always far harder to settle than waiting until the summer, in theory, at least. Not only is it harder for them, but the clubs are less willing to sell their own key players unless there is a hefty premium on the deal or they are not playing well or the club needs the money. Do Shakhtar or Porto need the cash that badly in January? On the other hand, a manager who confidently states that there is no need to buy, is not playing into the hands of a seller who will know the buyer is desperate and also might be willing to pay OTT to get their man early.
As much as I would like to see us bring in a player or two and perhaps off load a few others at the same time, I would rather look at the medium to long term and get the right players at the right price at a time when they have the best chance to settle. Only at the end of the season, will we know if it was the right call, but I also feel that endlessly chasing players in mid-season can knock the current players as much as it can give them a boost or kick up the backside. Players like stability and will, I feel, value the extra time to envelop their own understanding of the managers wishes and if we believe that the majority of players and enjoying working with AVB, is it such a bad thing to take a measured approach instead of buying because we feel we have to and not because we need to...