The first player your club should lose this summer

20 Apr 2012 17:22 #654249

2012 edition.

Following on from last year's thread we should start looking to this summer's clearout.

From a Watford point of view, some of the deadweight is out of contract - Josh Walker has already signed for Scunthorpe, with 'keeper Rene Gilmartin and light-weight winger Michael Bryan likely to follow him out of the door.

Mark Yeates, however, was signed last summer and is looking increasingly like a bit of a millstone. Sean Dyche's transfer activity wasn't the best, but at least in Craig Forsyth there's a hint of potential, while Joe Garner and Chris Iwelumo, who have one goal each to their names this season, show enough to suggest there's reason to persist with them (although in Garner's case, one decent signing up front this summer may well do for him).

Yeates was in and out of the Sheffield United side when they were relegated last season, their fans seemed quite glad to get rid of him. During the early period of the season when we lacked pretty much any creativity his assists led to many of his goals, but as Dyche's side has come together and moved up the table Yeates has looked exposed. He's not especially fast, doesn't take people on much and his dead-balls are increasingly erratic. He also loses the ball far too often, and lacks the ability to win it back. Watford have been playing two defensive midfielders in the centre for most of the season, and the side's looked far more effective when Dyche has played Sean Murray and loan wingers like Michael Kightly and Alex Kacaniklic. The latter two have returned to their clubs, but Dyche has chosen to play Joe Garner/Prince Buaben, neither of whom are wingers on the right the last two weeks, while Yeates has been out of the matchday 16.

It doesn't help that he simply looks like the sort of player that's disruptive either.

He's not a terrible option to have, but Watford have a number of youngsters who can probably fulfil the squad-player role he's likely to be limited to for the remainder of his contract. I doubt we'll be able to shift him, but I wouldn't be surprised if he spent a fair bit of next season out on loan in League One.

How about you?

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20 Apr 2012 17:32 #654255


Closely followed by Malouda.

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20 Apr 2012 17:34 #654259

Zigic. Still on £50k pw for TWO MORE YEARS. Aged 32 in Sept.

Is slow, ponderous and feeble.

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20 Apr 2012 17:38 #654264

Stewart Downing. An unmitigated disaster of a signing.

His highlight was the first ten minutes of the first game of the season at Anfield where he flew past two or three defenders and sent a shot flying which struck the crossbar.

All downhill from there. At least Carroll is making a modicum of progress, and he is still young. Downing should be at his peak.

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20 Apr 2012 17:43 #654266

All three McLaren signings, two of whom are on big wages.

The awful Jonathan Greening, then the injury prone and useless Ishmael Miller and finally let George Boateng leave as he is out of contract anyway.

McLaren was supposed to take us that last step into the Premier League. All he succeeding in doing was taking us towads bankruptcy and relegation.

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20 Apr 2012 17:45 #654268

Leave the players, just get rid of the fucking manager.

20 Apr 2012 17:54 #654274

I'm a little embarrassed that one of my two to get rid of last year (the other being Bilyaletdinov) was Heitinga. He's probably been our player of the season.

This year, Tim Cahill. Let him go on a free transfer with a big thank you for services rendered.

I have a horrible feeling we'll be losing Moyes this summer.

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20 Apr 2012 20:56 #654359

Lee Bowyer
Jimmy Bullard
Paul Jewell
Simon Clegg (our CEO)
Marcus Evans (our saviour and mystery owner, who had doubled our debt and has cut our Academy from being one of the top five in the country, to third in the region, behind Norwich and Colchester)

20 Apr 2012 21:09 #654373

Hmm. Since Warren Feeney left we haven't had any utterly useless players. But we still have a lot of very average filler and unfulfilled promise, happily on very short contracts. So, I don't know, Josh Parker? Ryan Brooke? Neither bad or despicable, just unnecessary.

20 Apr 2012 21:46 #654392

Jon Otsemobor, Giles Coke.

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20 Apr 2012 22:05 #654405

Celtic: Charlie Mulgrew.

Bear with me... he might fetch us a few quid, and the only reason he got a game, other than being the best player in the whole season of anyone, is because we have 'injuries'.

Charlie Mulgrew is a diamond, we cannot afford.

20 Apr 2012 22:22 #654414

For Boro, Kevin Thomson. Universally disliked, universally shit. Think he is out of contract anyhow.

Might be an idea to flog Marvin Emnes for a few quid since other championship clubs and some lower PL ones seem to think he is better than he is.

For Juve, Marco Borriello. Don't think there is any chance of the club trying to make that move permanent. Also best to get something for Milos Krasic before his stock falls entirely. Would be suprised if Elijero Elia is retained too.

Last Edit: 20 Apr 2012 22:23 by LaVecchiaSmoggie.
20 Apr 2012 22:24 #654415

Anderson. I don't care if he turns out to be pele somewhere else, I feel confident that the chances are very remote. I think he's had enough time and patience. I think he may well be sold, though hopefully not in part exchange for gaitan. Man utd need to spend their money elsewhere.

Diouf and gibson are already gone. Owen and kusczak are out of contract. Berbatov is going to be sold. Bebe may be smuggled off the premises for an undisclosed fee.

But anderson has to go.

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20 Apr 2012 22:41 #654419

It's this thread every year that makes me realise what a fanboy I am because I find it very hard to pick anyone (certainly not permanent signings, there's often a useless loan signing I'm happy to to see going back to his parent club).

They've all being trying their best, the plucky buggers, they could have just done with a few more pals to help out.

20 Apr 2012 22:41 #654420

Oscar Cardozo.

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20 Apr 2012 22:42 #654421

Too many to mention. Twelve players out of contract in the summer, including Jaaskelainen, K Davies, S Davies, Knight, Klasnic, Robinson and Robbie Blake.

If they can take the likes of N'Gog, Pratley and Alonso with them, then we can work on coping in whichever division we'll be in.

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