Football FanCast guest columnist Tom Jennings feels that his beloved Hull City must not contemplate making a move for Dean Ashton.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at our failure to strengthen the squad at Hull City this summer, I mean would you play for Phil Brown? Here is a manager who leaves players out on the pitch at half time to make some sort of point, grabs a microphone and starts singing to the crowd in celebration on the last day…hardly the kind of actions that best sell our club.
Both Phil's have come out in the past weeks and talked of their frustrations at the inability to sign players. You have to ask yourself as to what is the appeal to join the KC Stadium given the way we capitulated in the second half of last season. We will rightly be one of the favourites for the drop next season; because the current squad is nowhere good enough and let's be honest the players that have been targeted are hardly going to improve us. The very fact Bobby Zamora would rather sit on the bench at Fulham than join us says we have problems.
There seems to be this great urge by the club to sign a big money player regardless, to show the club is ambitious and the latest name heavily linked today has been Dean Ashton. The West Ham striker is an excellent player don't get me wrong, but he hasn't been fit for about two years and if had been then why would they be selling who would arguably be their best player. I know the club don't normally take player's fitness into account when they buy players, (Jimmy Bullard anyone?) but Ashton is a ridiculous risk to take, especially as West Ham are likely to hold out for £8m+ for him. It just wouldn't make any sense, but with Brown making the decisions common sense clearly won't come into it.
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