Tick Tock Transfer Clock
Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
My kinsman Dion Boucicault word’s could be unfortunately accurate in relation to the Magpies summer so far.
July has come upon us and progress is such a common term at this stage of a club’s Summer. Players leave, more arrive and the financial powerhouses of Manchester United, Man City and Liverpool delve deeper and deeper into pools of borrowed cash in search of silverware.
Where do we lie in comparison to our rivals? Unfortunately if you look at the number and quality of signings made by Sunderland we lag behind. Pardew’s ability to purchase players who speak another language besides French must be called in to question and cohesion in the squad shall not be acquired easily without a true leader and figure head. The recent comments made regarding the ailing of Kevin Nolan’s career with age only highlight the issue that Arsenal have had in recent seasons with players lacking in sustained Premier League experience. The question marks hovering over Jose Enrique and Joey Barton are at this stage in need of eminent resolution.
The Toon Armies figure head number 9 has yet to be found and this is an issue that must be addressed, Newcastle without a competent number 9 is similar to a car without a steering wheel or Leeds without a financial regulator.
With a month before the start of the 2011/12 season, days cannot be wasted wandering around the Seine and Rhone river valleys and the availability of free transfers such as Jay Bothroyd must surely now become serious options a lot closer to home without the use of the TGV or channel tunnel.
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