No sooner did I post that we needed three defenders than we edge closer to landing three defenders. It was frightfully impolite of me to call Sullivan stupid, and I take it back given work has clearly been going on behind the scenes to strengthen the defence. Two centre backs and a left back - Ramis, Collins & Boenisch - is exactly what the doctor ordered!
As for Collins, I was calling for him to be signed before the end of last season. I see him as the ideal partner for Tomkins. No nonsense and a forehead like a brick shit house when the ball is crossed into the box. With Diame sitting in front of the back four, there is suddenly a sense of solidity - and boy do we need that!
Kazim Richards may also be on the way. I'm ambivalent about that one to be honest and suspect there are better players out there, but he has done well in the friendlies apparently so maybe he deserves a chance. The interesting thing is that Maiga started as a winger, so he Vaz Te and Cole could all be used together if Allardyce is feeling positive!
So, assuming the three defenders all arrive like London buses we are now looking at a team like this:
Demel Tomkins Collins Boenisch
Vaz Te Maiga
Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Ramis, Maynard, Morrison, Taylor, O'Neil
Apart from the fact that I know nothing about the Pole and that Demel is a yard dog, that side looks good enough to stay up to me!