Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Tomkins, Noble & Parker to Arsenal
Really? I know Wenger has shown signs of losing it recently, but does anybody take seriously his supposed interest in our squad of underachievers? If so, the only explanation is that he doesn't rate Zola's ability to organise and motivate his team.
OK, he might be interested in signing Tomkins based on his potential, but if he has watched him at all this season, he won't be in any great hurry to get him into the side any time soon. If Arsenal want to compete at the top of the Prem and in the Champions League, then Tomkins is not the answer to their defensive frailties. And how can Sullivan and Gold value our future England captain? When Ferdinand was Tomkins' age, he was worth a cool £18m, and nobody was going to argue with that, unless it was to say that it wasn't enough! But £18m for Tomkins? You're 'avin' a Davenport! But if the guy is a future England player, as many believe, we couldn't let him go for less than the £8m we secured for Anton surely? £8m for Tomkins? That's a lot to invest in "potential" when Arsenal have an immediate problem to solve.
And so to Noble. Once again, there is a pricing problem. Based on his performances over the past 12 months, it would be hard to justify a fee in excess of £4m. But, again, if he is good enough to play for Arsenal, he must be worth £8m of anybody's money. There is the rub, however. Is he good enough to play for Arsenal? Noble isn't a kid anymore and the brutal truth is, he hasn't kicked on. If he was still 21, you would have high hopes but, by Noble's age, Lampard was pulling up every tree in the forest. Noble, couldn't even pull out a newly planted sapling from what I've seen. If I was Wenger, I'd be more interested in Nolan than Noble.
And so to Scott Parker. OK, the guy has looked far and away our best player this season, but Geoff Pike would have looked like a real gem amongst this lot of crummy paste. Comparisons with Brooking and Devonshire are absurd. Parker has had his shot at glory at Chelsea and was found wanting. Nor did he set the world alight at Newcastle and three England managers have all looked at him and thought, no thanks. I can see Tottenham being interested perhaps, or maybe Everton. Actually Man Utd might fancy him as a replacement for Scholes but he doesn't look the Wenger type to me.
If Wenger were to sign anybody from West Ham, my money would be on Upson or Green.
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:11