Rafa, Jerome, Djourou & Signorino
Posted on July 25, 2007
Filed Under Blues News
A few player related stories popping up today. Nothing truly spectacular so I might as well whack them all together in one blog.
Black : Rafa can be Prem star – I don’t know why but when I read this story, I wasn’t enthused at all. Usually if Black gives a player a ringing endorsement, I feel a lot more confident but I don’t get that sense with Schmitz. Maybe because he sort of skulked in, no fanfare, through the back door? I don’t know, either way, I still feel like we need at least two centre halves.
The plus side is that he has a good left foot and has played full back before. If we do sign Ridgewell from Aston Villa and Johan Djourou from Arsenal, it means that Sadler could be fighting it our with Schmitz for the one left back spot available.
I think I’d be okay with that although I still would’ve preferred Paul Konchesky. Wouldn’t we all? I’d much rather have Schmitz – although admittedly, I don’t know much about him – at full back than Robinson from West Bromwich Albion. He simply wouldn’t be good for team morale.
Jerome : Attack is the best way forward – All in all, a very encouraging read.
I said yesterday that I believe Brucey will have more of a go at playing attacking, attractive football this season and Jerome looks as though he’s confirmed that. There’s no way Bruce will be able to keep everyone happy if he decides at some point that it’s not working. There’s too many quality attack-minded players to keep happy this time around.
The stuff about players playing on form and not on name is interesting too. I think Jerome – despite people expecting big things of him – knows that he isn’t going to be first choice, at least initially, and will have to wait for his chance to come along. Missing a couple of chances at Championship level is fine. In this league, you have to take at least one of those chances if you want to survive. I think he knows that and is prepared to work at it.
Blues still keen on Djourou – I think Arsenal have got bigger things to worry about at the moment! Maybe we should organise an SAS type raid to just nick Djourou in the middle of the night?
I think he’ll end up coming here despite it having gone quiet in recent weeks. There’s lots of articles talking about Djourou today. Him and Ridgewell and that’ll be us done for this transfer window. They’ll all be bedded in for when Chelsea rolls around in a few weeks. I’ve been very impressed with the way we’ve gone about things this window and Djourou and Ridgewell would seal the icing nicely on the cake.
Blues in for French full back – No doubt that this link has come from Eric Black’s time in France. If this happens, it’s unlikely that we’ll sign Ridgewell and Djourou. I’d say that Djourou is likely to be put on the back burner if this one comes off.
I could’ve sworn I blogged about Signorino about a week ago but a quick search shows that I haven’t. If this one develops further, say a link in a local, I’ll perhaps blog about it more in depth.