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January Madness – It’s Back and It’s Great

Written by on January 11, 2011 | 4 Comments »
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January, it can be exhilarating or maddening for soccer fans. You decide. For me with the New Year upon us, I have a few things on my mind and the number will surely increase as January gets zanier.

Is it just me or should teams realize what a limited impact a mid season buy can make?

Unless the player is coming in from the same domestic league, forget about it. The period of adjustment is usually about six months. If you buy players right now you’ll most likely play them off the bench (or risk injury due to lack of fitness in having to adjust to a new league). More likely these players will be fully integrated by time their summer workouts begin. So if you need an immediate impact, forget about it.

Why did (or do) Spurs want to sign Beckham?

Why even draw this type of attention to your team right now? You are on a roll. I know the LA Galaxy and AEG have obtained their goals and don’t need him anymore, but Spurs don’t need a middle aged midfielder still recovering from injury and his posse to distract what is happening at White Hart Lane. They need to lock in their players like Modric, make sure they don’t leave and get a better a defence.

Why is Mourinho even interested in Amauri from Juventus?

Nowadays I believe it is just agents focusing on their own best interests and constantly getting their players associated with certain teams in the media. Coming off injury is just what you want in your new striker, right?

Yes, Madrid are thin up front. But Amauri has not done anything since he left Palermo. Madrid should be banned from buying any players and make them work with what they got anyways.  A better deal would be Diego Milito who probably would jump ship from Inter (who would not right now).  Dumping Klaas-Jan Huntelaar may not have been the best decision.

Why is Barcelona letting Argentine striker Pastore hover until the summer?

Could it be because Palermo brass are good at holding unto players until the right money comes in? Probably and it actually works out for both parties right now. With the depth of Barcelona, he needs to play every game. Palermo offers him that, Barcelona does not. Next year when Zlatan is officially off the books, is the time to bring the kid in and have a team Argentina party.

And when is the big money coming for Marek Hamsik from Napoli?

He won’t go cheap but some big team should try to grab him before his stock really rises in the summer.

Will Mario Balotelli finally shut up and just play football?

Anytime you need advice from Nigel de Jong to mellow you out, you know you got problems. You’re homesick but you are rich, please stop whining and just play. Your form has been good lately so just focus on that and stop giving interviews and play ball.

What was the best piece of business already completed?

Milan grabbing Antonio Cassano on the cheap and pairing him up with Pirlo, Seedorf and crew (could be wonderful to watch) or was Barcelona snapping up the Dutch play maker Ibrahim Afellay for €3m…both deals are smart, very smart.

Why not go crazy Arsenal and get your old midfielder Alexander Hleb?

He has mentioned wanting to play for you again and with your midfield, you could use someone that is direct. You can have all the ball control you want, but without a player with this mindset, your team will not truly challenge this year as the season lingers on.

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4 responses to “January Madness – It’s Back and It’s Great”

  1. Arshavin and a Brasilian ... Pretty Smooth says:


    I can’t see Barça going after Pastore. He’d be fifth on the current forward depth chart and would not be an improvement on Bojan. More likely that Tevez continues to become ever more frustrated at that Italian Mancini’s negative footy tactics and “wants away” from City. Then there really would be an Argentine tango going on in the Camp Nou. Tevez would get playing time … Pastore not so much (Copa del Rey perhaps). I thought Tevez would pull a Mascherano and force his way out of City and play with his buddy at Barça. Might have to wait until the summer for that now. The real reason Tevez wanted out of City is Mancini and his deplorable negative tactics. Tevez is really playing solo up front (like Torres) and gets little support (albeit more service than Torres). Mancini has a boat load of money and options at his disposal and still decides to “park the bus” at home v Man Utd and away v Arsenal. He cannot find a way to use Adebayor. He chooses to use Milner over Johnson. He plays Barry. What is it with Barry and Italian managers? Does Barry have indiscriminate photos of Italian managers? And he plays three holding midfielders. I’m not sure Mancini will be long for the City job. Tevez will depart even sooner. Time will tell.

    Zlatan really is off Barça’s books now. He is officially off the books. But Milan are paying his wages. He has burnt his bridges with Pep and even if Milan don’t pay the transfer at season’s end he will not be coming back to Barça. Period. He is off the books. That Swedish/Bosnian donkey was only slowing things down in Barça’s free flowing game. A veritable monkey wrench in the works. He’ll be just fine at Milan. Keep him there. Barça are miles better off with Villa. Pep’s biggest mistake was sending Eto’o + € off for the egotistical donkey. Eto’o is superior to Zlatan. Adding € on top of it only adds to Pep’s blushes. Pep doesn’t make many mistakes but that was by far his biggest.

    Cassano will blow his top soon before we Afellay will prove his worth.

    Hleb to Arsenal is not going to happen. Hleb and Denilson are two lads I don’t want to see in an Arsenal jersey unless it’s Carling Cup. Arsenal’s deficiencies are not in the midfield. They have the best midfield in the EPL. They are screaming for CBs. Vermaelen is still out. Squillaci is out now with a hamstring injury. They only have two first team CBs left. They not only need cover at CB but they need an upgrade there as well. Probably also at goalkeeper long term as well since Fabianski is weak at high balls and commanding his box. It would be nice if Le Boss would get Steklenberg or de Gea as a keeper. It would be nice if he would get Mertesacker as a CB. But I’ve gotta stop dreaming, pinch myself, and wake up to the reality that Le Boss has a Scottish mother and his frugality knows no bounds. No insult intended for the Scottish community out there … only to Le Boss. But the Gunner fans still love him. In Arsene we trust … but it does have an expiry date however. Make a move already.

  2. Soccerlogical says:

    So besides the fact that Hamsek had a poor WC showing, the last thing that Arsenal need is another creative mid on their books and there is no reason for Pastore to join Barca and sit on the bench when they got Afellay and Cesc coming… are you just having this odd conversation with yourself?

  3. Centre backs – If Bolton are asking (suppossedly) 20M pounds for Gary Cahill I am surprised that Roger Johnson is not being looked at by clubs as a cheaper option. Not a great passer of the ball but he has some excellent defensive qualities.

  4. Shawn says:

    I Would say since Mr Wenger likes to shop in France how come he never had a look at Cedric Carrasso or Steve Mandanda to Mind the net Hugo LLoris is Probably outta his price range but they are worth a try. At Centre Back he Needs to go back to Ajax and see if he can recoup another young Belgian by the name of Jan Vertonghen Good to pair him with Vermaelen.What Do u Think Bobby????

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