On the flip side I can see us becoming the non league Brentford; every signing may not work out but that's the case with every signing-just look at some of those we signed from higher leaguesbut I can see us becoming known as picking up those hungry gems from lower leagues or youth teams and that is something I love to see
Post by spiritofeastleigh on Jun 24, 2020 6:52:08 GMT
The signing of younger players under Ben and Jason is a massive plus, if that policy had been undertaken with SD instead of those on their last legs how different things might be today for this club. When he comes back sign no one aged 29 or higher, its not the way to make progress. Two good signings, the management continue to build a team. Well done.
Abdulai Baggie is a winger. At 28 it would seem he has played 135 games and scored 25 goals (18% return) he has been on the books of many clubs. Let's hope he's a late developer otherwise I don't see many goals coming from him.
Post by spiritofeastleigh on Jun 25, 2020 7:42:30 GMT
Ballboy wrote: If SD comes back unless you are his agent Keith ??
No I'm not his agent Steve :-) but its not IF, its WHEN he comes back. The Sunderland fans have made it clear they want him out, and SD won't stay where he's not wanted, but equally he won't sell until he gets the deal he wants, but it will get over the line at some point and sell. He WILL be the owner of this club again and he WILL invest his money in the club. What none of us know is whether he will come back in a hands on role or sit quietly in the background while pursuing other business ventures he's keen on getting into in the next stage of his life. As long as he's back as owner I'll be happy whatever he does, I've said before that the experiences he's gained at Sunderland in football business will be of great benefit to EFC so its really a no brainer to welcome him back when he does come, he really does have unfinished business here that he wants to complete, he will deliver what he promised the day he walked in, have faith. He'll be back.
I would welcome him back provided he has learnt from his previous mistakes and experience at Sunderland. Would also be happy for Paul Reid to return as well. IMO I wouldn’t want Hilly back and it would be unfair for Stu Solly to lose his position to Ray Murphy(who I like).
Post by unknownquantity on Jun 28, 2020 22:03:33 GMT
Although four players who we signed at the age of 35 or over namely Darius Henderson, Deon Burton, Jamie Cureton and Gary McSheffrey were not at the club for very long I do not think signing older players is always wrong. Glen Southam, Chris Todd, Craig McAllister and Ben Strevens were all over 30 when they were signed and they all made important contributions as players to the team that were promoted to the National League and three of them were at the club the following season when the playoffs were reached.
Mark Yeates was also over 30 when we signed him and he played an important part in helping the club reaching the playoffs last season. I think that if players young or old are offered a reasonable amount of money to play for the club as undoubtedly has been the case in the past it is important to ensure that money is not their only motivation and I think that it is fair to say that most of the players I have mentioned on this thread are good clubmen also.
On the subject of signings I think that recruiting 29 year old David Hughes in 2002 was one of the best player signings we made. He helped us achieve three successive promotions and for three years after this was one of our best players in the Conference South.