Originally Posted by DomesticTadpole
That's the point really. It isn't that we aren't spending, it's who we are spending it on. You mentioned who Newcastle had bought. Great buys, but why didn't we know about them. The big problem we have is the people advising Fergie who to buy. They have been giving him some terrible advice lately. Who told him Bebe was PL class should be shot.
Queiroz it was. I have to agree about the scouting. It seems a long time ago since we found a real gem, yet we seem to be willing to take relatively expensive punts on players who are turning out to be almost ridiculously inadequate.
We seem to want far too long watching players and in this current climate you have to make your mind up a lot quicker. If we look at Jones and Smalling, we had been watching these players for quite a while, yet in the end we were rushed into signing them sooner than SAF would have liked because of interest from other clubs.
Nowadays i just don't think you can spend as long watching a player like you could 10 years ago. We may need to get someone in who can identify the talent a lot quicker, and speed the process quite a bit. We do seem to be struggling in this area, by the time we have made our minds up about a player, everyone else is interested and we are caught in a bidding war.