Monday, 15 June 2009
Luis Jiménez the first piece in the jigsaw.
According to a number of sources, we are close to finalising a deal to sign Jiménez on a one year loan deal with a provision to sign him permanently in 12 months time. If true, this looks like a clever piece of business: we get a player worth £7m without having to stump up the Euros, giving Straumar enough time to find a buyer both for the club and the player.
Most importantly, Jiménez is the attacking midfielder that we have been yearning for since the defection of Yossi. Two footed and fast of thought, "El Mago" should give us the guile that we have been missing in midfield, but his record to date does not suggest that he will actually fire the bullets himself. 32 career goals in over 150 games is not bad but early reports that this guy is an out and out forward are clearly as wide of the mark as a Luis Boa-Morte shot. We will still need a forward to play off of Cole or Ashton.
Is this where Sturridge and / or Caicedo fit in? The rumours connecting us to a move for one or the other are so persistent that I am beginning to believe them. I would love to see us sign both personally. Suddenly, with Behrami, Collison, Savio, Noble, Jiminez, Cole, Ashton, Sturridge and Caicedo, we would be blessed with attacking options. We would still need to sort out the right back berth and add defensive cover for both full back positions but an exciting squad would suddenly emerge almost overnight, at very little financial outlay.
It may not happen of course but, at the moment, things are looking promising. Who knows, somebody might even come in with a bid for Luis Boa-Morte!
Posted by Hammersfan at 20:07