Date: 30th August 2007 at 8:58am
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My old mum has always told me ‘do not wish your life away’, but I cannot wait for midnight tomorrow to come around when the transfer window slams shut for another 4 months.

When the transfer window opened early in the summer I was pleased, as well as excited about the players we might sign and we made some really good ones.

But now I cannot wait for it to close because I am getting fed up with constantly reading things like David Nugent is going here, or there, or could go here or there, Villarreal will make yet another attempted move for Sol Campbell or Matty Taylor and/or Gary ‘Neil might have to be sacrificed – I just want to be able to concentrate on the football again without worrying about who will go.

Today we hear stronger talk of ‘an audacious’ move to signed Eidur Gudjohnsen, but my thinking is does he really have the 10-15 goals in him that Harry Redknapp is craving?

He is a fantastic footballer but as someone else has said is this just a case of Redknapp ‘doing another Andrew Cole’, in as much as he would be sacrificing a good player to sign someone that he has always wanted – which might not work out.

We also have talk of Peter Crouch being moved for again, which personally I would prefer as we know what we would be getting unquestionably, with it also a near certainty that he would score goals.

When all is said and done though do we really need to move for Gudjohnsen or Crouch, let alone Anelka or Defoe. Could we not just wait and see what happened between now and January – why not give the strikers here a chance to show what they can do? If they were good enough a month or so ago, they cannot all of a sudden not be good enough a matter of weeks later.

Maybe the genuine goal threat would be nice, but again as someone else pointed out recently a 10-15-goal striker might not necessarily mean anything other than just that. Boro, Blackburn, Newcastle, Reading and Charlton all had that last season and did that bring them the success they wanted?

Yep, Blackburn were able to clinch an intertoto cup place, which Reading could have had if they accepted, but Boro and Newcastle were languishing in midtable and Charlton went down.

Too much emphasis is possibly being placed on this ‘star striker’, which might not actually bring anything. Chances are it would as we have quality throughout the side to help, but I would be happy with what we have now.

There will still be a mad scramble over the next 40 hours or so, but I would happily settle with what we have at the moment and know I cannot wait for it to be over with so we can then just focus on the football, not have to speculate about who will or wont sign and who we might lose tomorrow.


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