I added a new blog to my Blogroll, Rey de la Furia Española, and I like his most recent entry, so I will mimic it here, but in English and with some of my own thoughts.
Abbiati has returned to Milan after his 07/08 season loan spell. Meanwhile, Cuellar will return to Madrid after his loan spell at Eibar, but will most likely be sent out on loan again or secure a permanent move to another club. Falcón‘s future seems in doubt at the moment; he had moments to play in 07/08 due to injuries sustained by Abbiati while Leo Franco was out injured, but he really doesn’t seem to be considered anything more than a third choice goalkeeper by the higher-ups. That leaves us with Leo Franco. Not a bad goalkeeper, but certainly not one of the best, it must be said. Hopefully he’ll return to good form this coming season.
Rumoured to be heading our way at this point: recently relegated Livorno’s Marco Amelia and Mallorca’s Miguel Angel Moyà.
THANK YOU GOD for the signings of Heitinga and Ujfalusi, two quality defenders. This should mean the end of Eller & Zé Castro. There’s also speculation that we will listen to offers for Seitaridis, Valera, & Pernía. If they do stay, they will not receive regular playing time as they’ve proven time and time again in 07/08 their limitations and weaknesses. These players are NOT Champions quality by any stretch of the imagination. Meanwhile, Pablo’s future seems a bit fuzzy at the moment; he had an awful 07/08 season and there was some talk of the club listening to offers for him some months ago, but I have not seen a similar headline recently. Perea & Antonio seem 100% certain to stay with the club.
So, in terms of additional signings, we need at least another solid centre-back and a right-back, I think.
Our only 08/09 certainties are: Maxi, Raúl García, Simão, and Motta. Reyes has said that he wishes to stay and prove his worth at the club after a fairly unimpressive 07/08. If Luis remains, he will most likely continue as a bench option. Meanwhile, the club are openly and actively seeking new clubs for black-listed Maniche and Cleber. Camacho could be sent out on loan– with England as a possible destination. Jurado has been linked with a move to Mallorca, at least some time ago, but it seems likely that the club will listen to offers for him. Miguel– who knows what will happen with him; perhaps he’ll be sent out on loan, if he wishes regular playing time.
If anything else, we desperately need a playmaker and a proper holding midfielder for 08/09.
Slim options up front. Kun & Forlán will continue as our first choice strikers. Mista was underutilized in 07/08 and will probably leave the club this summer, thank goodness. Braulio returns from loan, but will the club keep him or find another club for him.
Lots of players rumoured to be headed our way, Sinama-Pongolle, Uche, Oliviera, etc. None of these names stand out to me, to be honest, except for maybe Oliviera.
Anyway, let’s see what develops in the next coming weeks! (Anything missing?)
Above all else, I hope that the club consider incorporating quality canteranos into the squad. It’s crucial to develop our own talent!
AUPA ATLETI Y SALUDOS A TODOS