Others miss, we get one. But still the press moan
By Tony Attwood
It was all a bit of a farce. Tottenham didn’t get Damião, Everton didn’t get Leroy Fer or Alvaro Negredo. Odemwingie tried to do his own transfer deal, and got turned away from QPR, perhaps because he didn’t have the right sort of brown envelope available.
But still the press manage to call our transfer a “solitary foray”. If it is as good as our last deal with Málaga then Ignacio Nacho Monreal is going to be one hell of a “solitary deal”.
This was window when very few clubs did deals. Newcastle signed anyone who is French and available, irrespective of quality, largely because they might go down to the second division. Queens Park Rangers are managed by Arry Redknapp and the Brown Envelope company so anyone moving and carrying the requisite got a job.
But it is interesting that it is being said that the QPR transfers don’t have salary reduction clauses in the contracts if QPR go down. It will be doubly interesting to see what QPR do this summer, should they hit the drop.
Aston Villa signed no one. Which will either be a brilliant move if they stay up or suicidal if they go down.
So, “There’s only one Ignacio Nacho Monreal” is the new song – or maybe not. He is a regular Spain international, he is 26, he can cover for Kieran Gibbs and he isn’t in full back terms André Santos. Santos was used pre-season in midfield and attack so maybe that was the idea all along.
Monreal signed until 2017 and can also play left midfield, and even left wing. But we don’t normally play left footed players on the left wing, so perhaps not.
Our new man has played for Spain at youth level, in the under-21s and nine times for the first team where he is a current squad member, and joined wealthy but chaotic Málaga in 2011. He signed for them with a five-year contract for €6 million from Osasuna.
In the year in which the club reached the Champions League for the first time he only missed seven games. He is however unable to play in the Champions League. This is interesting since Mr Wenger pointedly said that it was difficult to sign anyone because he wanted a Champions League free player. It was another of those lovely moments where he sends the AAA off in the wrong direction, just for fun.