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Muntari: Tough call, but the right one...

Muntari: Tough call, but the right one...

Before I even begin, remember this is my own opinion - I am not saying it is the right one!

Nothing official has been confirmed by either party, nor have any club commented but Sulley Muntari has all but signed for Inter so I am led to believe...

Muntari had a hit and miss season last time round, although I do believe that he is a quality footballer and probably would have been much more consistent this time round and a big hit in the premier league - which to be fair he hardly bombed did he as he was always getting rave reviews! - but he is being sold for the greater good... at least I hope!

That said, and as I have said plenty of times before, and I will say again a £10m plus offer could have seen us 'bite the hand off' that was offering it, and that appears to be what we have done for anything up to as much as £12.7m! And I think this is the right thing to do to be honest.

By selling the Ghanaian it would not make us a 'selling club', it would be a great deal that represented a huge profit in an investment that is too good to refuse. But it would make us a selling club if another of our 'top stars' were to follow, which hopefully will not be the case.

By selling him we 'could' buy Shaun Wright-Phillips - who as good as he could be and I would like us to sign is one that I still have my doubts about, so I would not want us to pay anymore that £9m absolute tops! - the central defender that we want, and do need - Younes Kaboul? - and also keep Pedro Mendes. 'If' we can do all, or most of this we will be fine...

The main worry for me, should we sign Wright-Phillips, is we would go from a very big, very powerful midfield to a much smaller, less physical one - and a midfield that might not be as willing to get up and down and help out the defence as it did last season?

Lassana Diarra is a small man, but is powerful but Mendes does not have that bite in midfield that Muntari does. We do have Papa Bouba Diop, but I am not sold on him at all. He was good for his first few games but has been fairly poor ever since, although to be fair being played on the right did not help him! Richard Hughes has that bite, but lacks the quality that we need, same applies to Sean Davis, although he does have slightly more about him.

As said Muntari could have come good this season as he is a fantastic footballer but I think it was a risk we could not afford to take, as I feel he lacks the discipline that we needed. If used as cover on the left he would have left us exposed as he drifts into the middle too much and too often, which to be fair is his favoured position.

'When fit' Glen Little, although a right footed player could do what Niko Kranjcar does and play on the left I reckon if needed. I also have this theory that if we get a new left back, maybe even if we do not, we could use Hermann Hreidarsson as a left sided midfielder in order to rest Kranjcar - not ideal I know but he has played in midfield before and can, and will, get up and down the pitch to do the job. It would just be the delivery and his presence in the final third that worries me, but then again this would only be an option now and again.

The main thing that I do know that I want to see is actions taken to bring those in that we want, and keep harping on about signing 'if we could afford them!' I do not want us pissing about dragging on negotiations or waiting until the last minute to sign players.

We said we needed to sell before we could buy, we appear to be on the brink of selling Muntari - and at a healthy profit - so now look like we have raised these funds we needed, lets see them reinvested back into the side with this quality we want...


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Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Time: 2:17PM


Hi, new to Vital Football ! so go easy on me! My View, Muntari has to go at that money! it will permit SWP and probably a Left Back. Good profit to help build an overall stronger squad. I cant wait for the season to start!
24/07/2008 14:48:00
welcome mate :-)
well i basially agree with you - see above article... not so sure a new left back is a priority tho, i think SWP and a central defender should be purchased with this tbh...
24/07/2008 14:57:00
I actually don't agree that this was a good sale. I think Muntari was much better than Utaka last season, and much more likely to get even better this year. Now I'm not suggesting we could get that money for Utaka, just that Muntari was a big physical presence and I think he would have been fantastic this season. Having said all that, I think it was the right decision because I believe he wanted to go. and you do yourself no favours keeping someone whose heart is set on leaving. I do think we're going to struggle to replace him though because Diarra and Mendes are great in the middle of the park, but we're really going to lack that physical presence, and Diop simply hasn't shown enough quality for me.
24/07/2008 15:16:00
He's a fool, with all due respect. A good quality player, but not Inter quality. He'll only polish the bench there.
24/07/2008 15:32:00
Am not the biggest fan of Muntari (yet) but I don't get what Arry's gameplan is here. It seems he could sell Utaka back to Rennes for the same money he paid them, and, assuming he's doing this to get SWP, why do we need 3 right wingers ? (SWP, Utaka & Little). We will still have no real cover on the left side to rest Krancjar. Selling Sulley will also as Rug points out leave a " phisical " gap in the midfield (I don't think anyone rates Diop as top talent in that department). If this does go through and we get 12+ million, we'll need SWP and another talented strong left sided midfielder at the very least. As for defence, having watched a bunch of Bolton games in the last couple of years, I'd take Ben Haim over Kaboul since he can play any position solidly back there and is good in the air.
24/07/2008 15:33:00
I think this is the wrong move. You can lose matches in midfield a darn sight easier than you can win them in attack. omg!
24/07/2008 15:33:00
Welcome Appyaree
24/07/2008 15:40:00
I think it's a bad move as well. Muntari is are only left footed midfield player and as everyone has pointed out he is tough tackling. He can play on the left wing, so would mean cover for Niko if needed. With him out of the way surely Harry will just bring his favourite Diop into the centre of the park. Yes it's a lot of money, but by the time we give Udinese their cut of the sale will we have made that much on a much needed player? Bad bad news.
24/07/2008 15:54:00
Shorey was left out of an otherwise full strength line up for tonights game in Sweden, I'm guessing he's on his way. Any news your end?
24/07/2008 16:39:00
No news BUT if Muntari goes at the figure believed it will fund the purchase SWP, Kaboul and Shory which is HR's wish. The possible sale of Mendes clouds the issue somewhat.
24/07/2008 16:51:00
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