Date: 23rd March 2009 at 1:51pm
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AVFC48 takes a look in hindsight at Martin O’Neill’s transfers:

Steve Sidwell: £5million, rarely is the Barry replacement ever picked by the bloke who bought him.

Luke Young: £5million. Not done bad as a left-back, thought he was a right-back at Boro mind.

Brad Friedel: £2.5 million. getting on and not as good as he was at Blackburn but better than what we had before, or was he, ask Stoke fans

Nickey Shorey: £3.5 million a decent left-back but never picked by the man who bought him

Brad Guzan: £600k who knows

Carlos Cuellar: £8 million and rarely picked or rarely when picked at the level his obvious talent suggests he should be

James Milner: £12.5 million. yes workmanlike, yes plenty of effort, yes big potential, yes 12.5 mill, get away with thee

Curtis Davies: £10 million. didn’t do much last season and hasn’t been consistent or brilliant this. Even by O’Neill’s standards a long transfer and did he get it right ?

Emile Heskey: £3.5 million. The current England centre forward who has been shite and because he keeps picking him we’ve gone 9 games without a win an obvious good buy, not.

£50 million plus spent in season 2008/2009 and we have steady progress or at worst consolidation of 6th

9 players bought 2 near ever presents one out of position, a third rarely gets picked, another third rarely get off the bench

Would you as owner of the club allow this manager substantial funding in this summers transfer dealings, when you also consider?

John Carew: £4.5 million, when he plays he’s great, but he doesn’t even when on the pitch play that often, off it though hmmm

Stiliyan Petrov: £8 million plus and 2 seasons wasted, now just paying his way, so what went wrong for 2 seasons?

Marlon Harewood: £4 million. another bench warmer if he’s lucky and we aren’t

Zat Knight: £3.5 million. another bench warmer who is just not good enough

Moustapha Salifou: sorry but he did buy him and even if it was a nominal fee of a few cows why ?

Wayne Routledge: £150k the man Robbo was going to turn into a star winger, worth a punt. No

Shaun Maloney: £1 million, sold at a profit, rarely played though but super dealing Mart well done

Ashley Young: £10 million. A genius according to Mart, well yes maybe but not of late, but at least he gets picked and that’s a bonus with any O’Neill buy isn’t it.

Nigel Reo Coker: £8 million and rarely played as much as he should be, why is that, anyone tell me. If he’s poor why buy him but then could we not ask that question of 75 % of O’Neill’s buys ?

Carson, Agathe, Bardsley and others all did a job, a very poor one mind, but they did a job, but were they worth the punt, when others like Davies, Sorensen, Cahill, even McCann, Hughes, Mellberg were already on the books. How would we stand today if Barry had gone to Liverpool, if Laursen had not recovered from his knee problems if Gabby had not scored the goals he has over the last 3 seasons?

Allowing the £2 million cost of Carson, that’s another £40 million plus spent on players few of whom are consistently picked by the man who bought them in the first place.

Why is that ?



7 Replies to “A Look At Martin O’Neill’s Transfers”

  • ballers is probably a lot like picking horses or stocks. There is a lot of luck involved. I don?t have the time, but I could probably put together a pretty good list of players that didn?t meet expectations that were bought by Ferguson or Wenger. And I think both are far better managers than MON. I think you have to look a little deeper.

    Steve Sidwell ? You?re right, he hasn?t as well as hoped. At this point he is looking like a miss.

    Luke Young ? A Premier-level right back and left back. There aren?t too many of those around. I would put him as a hit.

    Brad Friedel – Obviously not a long-term solution, but he is better than Carson. L2.5 is chump-change for someone who can come in and play at a fairly high level. I?d say he?s a hit.

    Nickey Shorey ? Probably the biggest miss MON has had. Because he can?t or doesn?t get the chance to play, our whole back-line gets jumbled around every game or so. Its tough to win when your backline is in as much constant change as ours. (For now, I don?t want to talk about the manager?s decisions on who to play where. Suffice it to say, MON didn?t buy enough or good enough cover for the fullback positions.)

    Brad Guzan ? who knows is right

    Carlos Cuellar ? Not as good in the air as he needs to be to play centerback. Not skilled enough to play outside. He?s more on the miss side right now, but let?s give him some more time.

    James Milner ? Solid, if unspectacular player. He plays hard and has more skill than most give him credit for. L12.5 seems high, but that?s roughly what RM were going for last summer. I think the price was somewhat inflated because MON waited til Bentley and SWP were already sold. I?d say he?s a hit.

    Curtis Davies ? Had a pretty good partnership going with Laursen. Seems to have had some injuries lately. I say he?s more hit than miss, but not necessarily a star.

    Emile Heskey ? He is what he is?A cheap stopgap. We?ll see where we end up this summer.

    John Carew ? MON traded someone who didn?t want to be here for someone who was powerful and hungry. Sadly, Carew lost a lot of the power and hunger this year. I?m starting to think there may be more to the fact that he?s played for so many teams and never settled. Still, I think you?d have to say he is a hit.

    Styliyan Petrov ? A year ago, I?d say he was a miss. Now he?s a hit. This talent-evaluation is tricky isn?t it?

    Marlon Harewood ? He was bought as a squad player. He is that and nothing more.

    Zat Knight ? Again, he was bought as a squad player. He?s played that role marvelously in my opinion.

    Moustahpa Salifou ? Why did we buy him? Why do people play the lottery? More often than not, you pay your dollar (pound, whatever) and you get the brief hope of millions before tearing it up and moving on. But?every now and again, you win and once in a lifetime you might win big. MON gambled; he got a less-than average squad player. He?s a miss. Oh well, I think most expected him to be a miss, but I don?t think is a huge miss that should be counted against a manager.

    Wayne Routledge ? See above.

    Shaun Maloney ? See above.

    Scott Carson ? Not a premier-league level keeper. Maybe in the future. Definitely a miss.

    Ashley Young ? A good buy that turned out to be a fantastic buy. He and Barry are our only world-class players. I doubt if even MON thought he would be this good.

    Nigel Reo Coker ? For L8, you probably have to say he?s a miss, but he plays so many positions reasonably well, he is a very valuable squad player. I bet there are a lot of managers that would like to have a player like him on their team. If he cost L6, most would say he was a hit.

    So what do we have? Some good, some bad, one great. The biggest miss has probably been a backup right back. With a decent premier-level right back, I think Villa would be several points higher than we are now. Another good striker would make us less dependent on Gabby?s goals. Instead of him being in a drought causing the whole team to be in a drought, someone else could step in a score a few goals. Unfortunately, that player was not bought last summer or this January. Ah?what might have been!

  • Fear; why would you give time and space to an article like this? Biased, blinkered, one-sided, myopic and wrong in equal measure. This is the editorial policy of the Sun or Daily Mail not a thought-provoking and reasonable fansite. Shame on you.

    I won’t comment on AVFC48 or his article because I never say anything bad about opinions that are pure arse gravy and I’m not going to break my habit for this prat.

  • How come this article wasn’t written six weeks ago? I’m sure with McCann, Carson, Davis and Hughes we’d have been third…
    By the way, regarding your question about “would an owner give this man money to spend.” That’s the action that Doug Ellis took to force out a succession of managers – “a couple of signings that don’t work and you’ll be cut off from spending!”
    There have been one or two recent comments/articles that had some grounding and foundation, particularly those focussing on tactical errors. But this is just pathetic.
    I’ll ask you the same question that you seem to avoid answering: Who do you want instead? Curbishley? Scolari? Venables? Grant? Adams? O’Leary? Keegan? Pardew? They’re all available….

  • Wow. That’s a very childish one sided arguement. Simply amazing that article was written by a so called fan.

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