Football FanCast guest columnist JD hopes his beloved Man City will hijack any Spurs move for Lassana Diarra this coming January window.
One thing that was apparent at St James Park last night is that Mark Hughes has a lot to do in turning this football team around and one that can trouble the top four. His life will obviously will be made easier courtesy of the endless millions freely available from the company chequebook, but the ability to find the right players who can actually complement and fit in the system is of great importance.
I was talking to some City fans on the coach home last night about the players we should bring in and to the say the names were varied was something of an understatement. I think pretty much every striker in Europe was mentioned and all believing that we are going to have this three pronged attack of Villa, Robinho and Torres – we certainly could afford it, but let's be honest that system is hardly going to see us prosper.
Although it is going to be tempting to go out and splash money on player XYZ, I believe it is vital that we simply use January to bring in players that are going to consolidate us and build a foundation of which sustainable success can be built. I know City fans who point to the success of Chelsea and how Roman's millions built success overnight, but you have to remember that they were runners-up in the Premier League at the time Abramovich came it so a foundation was already in place, we havent got that and it can't be achieved in a flash. I hope that the Arabs realise this and allow Mark Hughes to put one in place before we can start salivating over whether a David Villa will come in to complement Robinho in the City attack.
One area that for me needs to be the priority is central midfield and someone who can take over the excellent work of Didi in the anchor role in midfield. Any successful football team you care to remember possesses one and their availability is few and far between and for me the best one in the country at the moment is Lassana Diarra. I know with the millions we have we should possibly look to a Veloso or Marcos Senna, but I just feel that Diarra has already proven he can adapt to the English game and so we would know what we are getting. The Frenchman is top class and unlike your static holding midfielder who just generally sits in front of the backline, Diarra has great attacking qualities within game and would be ideal in fitting into our expansive style. The huge rumour down south I'm hearing is that apparently that Spurs are already looking to broker or have agreed in principal a £12m deal to help relieve Pompey of their financial woes and not to mention help drag Spurs out of the hole they find themselves in.
I feel it is vital that we look to hijack such a move, given the quality that Diarra possesses and would lay the down the most important cog in Hughes' rebuild at Manchester City. We can go out and buy all the best strikers, wingers in the world but unless you have a strong fulcrum in the middle it will certainly count for nothing and we won't be challenging any time soon without one. Diarra could prove the best £12m this club ever spent and I just hope that Mark Hughes with me.