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  • kht20 kht20 Jan 8, 2009 19:09 Flag

    SHOULD DOWNING GO NOW?

    Messrs Gibson & Lamb have a tricky balancing act here. Do they sell Downing (my opinion is £20m would be the right price), and send the signal to the supporters that the club lacks ambition and can't hold on to its class players, or, stick to their guns, turn away a terrific sum of money and have a player on the field who just does not want to be there. They also have the dilemma of a manager who needs to strengthen his midfield and find a goal-scorer whilst there is no money in the kitty to do so. Add to this a midfielder who wants to return to his former club because his wife is homesick and a striker who thinks a move will get him regular games despite his inability to score regularly. For what is worth (not much really) here is my advice:-

    Tell Spurs they can have Downing for £20m no ifs, buts or extra money for 'games played' clauses.
    O'Neil can make his wife happy by returning to Portsmouth for £5.5m as they've got the cash from selling Defoe and Diarra
    Mido can go to Wigan for £6m - no loans, just straight cash.
    That would give Boro £31.5m to part balance the books and provide Southgate with £15m to get a good quality steely midfielder and a young, probably foreign, striker who knows where the goal is, has some pace and can hold the ball with his back to goal when necessary. I completely agree with the general consensus thatAdam Johnson will easily slip into Downing's role. Oh and by the way, Tuncay is going nowhere!!

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    • A good assessment of the situation KH, I do believe that the majority of the supporters would rather we sell Downing and stick the "hungrier" Adam Johnson in his place. There will be few fans who would disagree with such a decision.
      Yes, sell Mido & O Neal too and spend the dosh on a quality young midfielder, Fellaini would be ideal for the job, I was back home for the game on boxing day against Everton and I thought he was (forgive the pun) head & shoulders their best player, won everything in the middle of the park and used the ball well. This would give us some much needed strength where we desperately need it.

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      • What about the latest rumour CJ swapping Mido for Alan Smith supposedly to add steel to the midfield. I can't see the sense in that unless Mido is proving unmanagable and Boro just want rid. Bid of £4.5m turned down for O'Neil. Still nothing more heard of re Tuncay move.
        Just a thought CJ with all these clubs wanting Boro players doesn't make you think that maybe our current position isn't down to the players but the coaching?

      • I think that might be a wish too far CJ, Everton paid £15m for him in September so I can't see either him tempted to come to Boro or Moyes tempted to sell him.
        I know he is 33 this year but I wonder if Viera could be tempted to one last hurrah. He would be brilliant to teach Digard everything he knows in the same way as Bobby Murdoch did with Souness.