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Fulham - What Would You Do With £25m?

Fulham - What Would You Do With £25m?

Of course, the past few weeks have been dominated by transfer speculation, and the inevitable impatience with the lack of activity has driven the papers mad.

Their answer is to post a list of footballer`s names on a wall, label darts with the names of the various clubs, throw these darts at the wall and then write stories linking the darted player with the impaling club. Well, not really, but that`s how random it seems sometimes.

For clubs like Man City and Chelsea, the links tend to be with prominent players and high cost transfers. With clubs like Fulham, there is no limit to the speculation. We`re linked with players that range from accomplished Premier League veterans all the way to individuals kicking a ball against a wall in sub-Saharan Africa. Suffice to say, I haven`t been overly pleased with the calibre of the player we`ve been linked with thus far, but it`s early yet.

We will be battling on two fronts next season, and at present, we are unprepared to do so. We will not simply be able to look for inexpensive, out-of-favor role players or aging castoffs from other squads. Success has actually forced our hand and I suspect we`ll be looking for a better quality of player this transfer season. Still, we`re a small club with a modest budget.

According to The Guardian, we have about £25m to spend, which is a pittance compared to some other clubs, but very much in line with what I expected. The issue is how do we use these funds to secure another top-ten finish in the league, and offer a spirited and hopefully laudable performance in the Europa League. To further complicate the situation, Fulham are not the youngest team in the Premier League. We need veterans to sustain Premier League status, but we must build for the future, also.

These demands certainly make for worrying times for Roy Hodgson and his staff, so I thought I`d provide a little help, as I`m sure they read Vital Fulham (who doesn`t?). I thought I`d try to create another entire starting eleven with £25m that provides depth, quality and some youth.

Let me qualify this little exercise. I`m using valuations I`ve found in various papers and websites, taking advantage of Bosmans (some may eventually re-sign, but last I read, they`re out of contract) and allowing myself one loan deal. I know very well that this would be a 'perfect storm` scenario that`s not going to happen.

We`re just having a little fun here.

GK: Carlos Kameni - Espanyol (FREE)
LB: Felipe Lopes - CD Nacional (£3m)
CBL: Digao - AC Milan (LOAN)
CBR: Matthew Bates - Middlesbrough (FREE)
RB: Nathaniel Clyne - Crystal Palace (£3m)
LM: Jamie O'Hara - Tottenham (£4m)
CML: Tom Huddlestone - Tottenham (£6m)
CMR: Darron Gibson - Manchester United (FREE)
RM: Lee Martin - Manchester United (FREE)
F: Matt Derbyshire - Blackburn (£5m)
F: Andriy Voronin - Liverpool (£4m)

What do you think? How would this lineup fare? This was just my take on it. What would you do with £25m?

Editors note - So come on folks - anyone going to rise to the excellent challenge thrown down by Samboney?



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Writer:Samboney
Date:Tuesday June 9 2009
Time: 5:13PM

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Comments

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if i was you id sign micheal owen.? zigic woud fit your bill aswell, maybe zokora from spurs.? got the money then spend it lads, live a little lol
willowavfc
09/06/2009 17:31:00
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sam, while i don't have the time to look up players and fees, i can evaluate your list! first off, i would be EXTREMELY happy to get derbyshire from rovers... he's a natural finisher, and i think i've seen him score in his first 10 minutes coming on as a sub in at least two games... he has a real knack for goal. huddlestone and o'hara i'd be more than happy to welcome to fulham... both young players with a lot of potential... gibson, all i know of him is the goal he scored on the last week, which was nice... it'll be interesting to see how this summer pans out...
woodysweats
09/06/2009 17:33:00
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Good work mate:) I'll give it a shot: Carlos Kameni FREE from Espanyol - Gareth Bale from Spurs for £5 mil Oguchi Onyewu FREE from Standard Liege - Vadim Demidov from Rosenborg for £3 mil - Matt Bates FREE from Boro - Jordi Gomez £2 mil from Espanyol - Michael Johnson from Man Citeh for £6 mil - Gary O'Neil from Boro for £2.5 mil - Sanli Tuncay from Boro for £6 mil - Marco Pantelic FREE from Hertha Berlin - Nicola Zigic on loan from Valencia, if they still wants to get rid of him(!) We can use the last 500.000 on talent development:D
Zimmer2002
09/06/2009 18:02:00
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Just read that Kameni signed a new contract with Espanyol. Oh well. Scratch one keeper.
Samboney
09/06/2009 18:50:00
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now this will need some thinking about - give us a day or so!
Al Billy
09/06/2009 20:11:00
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Great idea! Like Al Billy says, this might take a while...
oranje_emu
10/06/2009 07:12:00
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lol spend wisely, fellow Londoners, you have to finish above spuds next year too!
JT_daniel
10/06/2009 11:41:00
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and we will my friend!
Al Billy
10/06/2009 19:54:00
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