Thursday, August 02, 2007

Touch Sensitive

First of all here's a link to the Guardian's Premiership preview for Fulham, which I think is a pretty fair assessment of our chances. If you can be bothered to read it all there's an irksome Plod fan getting shirty in the comments.

The reserves managed a very respectable 2-1 win over Staines Town last night. Michael Timlin scored the first with a cracking volley, Goncalves possibly got the second though there is some suggestion it may have been Wayne Brown. Staines goal was an OG scored by Adam Watts. Here are some comments (nicked shamelessly from TFI) from some people who were there;

"A decent performance overall, best player was Timlin but Lewis smith looked good despite being a substitute" - James

"Hudson-Odoi was much better than Ehui, but Lewis Smith when he came on defended from the front, ran all day and hassled and created opportunities for others and he's only 17. Second half Wayne Brown and Robert Milsom ran the midfield, but the big lumbering Watts kept getting muscled off the ball by smaller players" - The Oracle

Meanwhile the BBC report we are in negotiations to sign 21 year old Australian centre back Adrian Leijer. No me either. It seems an odd move to me with at least six centre backs on our books already. If we do need one then someone with experience and quality, someone who would walk straight into the first team, is what we require not another potential prospect.

There's also been a lot of talk in the red tops about players coming in and going out. The Sun say Reading manager Steve Coppell is preparing a £2m bid for Fulham defender Liam Rosenior (I hope we wouldn't be interested in that) and that Middlesbrough hope to beat Fulham to the signature of Sean Davis. The Daily Mirror mention that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is prepared to splash out £3m to sign Papa Bouba Diop (which might explain the Davis thing) and that Sunderland have signed Tottenham striker Mido for £6m (Ha ha ha ha ha ha - THAT is very good news!). The Daily Express says Sanchez is offering £1m for Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia (now there's a CB with experience and quality) and The Times say the Reds have offered possible Whites target Anthony Le Tallec to Sochaux for £2.5m. All interesting stuff but I wonder how much of it is based on fact.

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