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Wigan Athletic - That Could Have Been Us

I`m not one to pay much attention to the affairs of other clubs, but when Vital Latics member markgreen433 submitted an article suggestion about former Latics boss Steve Bruce`s transfer dealings at Sunderland I thought it would make a good discussion point.

So without further ado over to Mark Green:

I was just wondering what other members thought of Steve Bruce's scattergun approach to the transfer window so far?

My own opinion is that he is building a solid squad, but you have to wonder where they are all going to play! It seems to me that he is also going to cripple Sunderland financially and end up with a very unsettled team.

I'm sure Bramble is a little unsure of his place in the team with the two new boys who have arrived from United and god knows how his midfielders feel. However, it's the last two purchases that have me scratching my head.

How much do you think they had to offer Brown and O'Shea to leave United? If Gibson is haggling over £40,000 a week, what did they get and on a four year contract as well. Obviously they are a different quality, but it`s reminiscent of when he lumbered Wigan with the wages of De Ridder, Kapo and Koumas.

Though you wouldn't wish a bad season on anyone, you do have to worry about Sunderland's future if things go badly at the start. So what do you all think?

Mark Green

Personally I have always thought that Bruce just threw money at problems, he built a big squad at Birmingham before coming to the Latics, whilst with us he was forever dealing in the market, and he brought a few donkeys to Wigan, over priced ones at that.

I really do believe he`d have taken us down if he`d stayed and a lot of the unrest in the camp when Martinez first arrived was down to Bruce.

To think if he's giving a 31 year old defender (Brown) a 4 year contract, an average one at that, especially with the wages that he's likely to be on, could be a recipe for disaster

Like Mark says if they (Sunderland) don`t hit the ground running then there could be big trouble for Bruce and I wouldn`t be surprised if he was sacked or walked before Christmas.

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Date:Friday July 8 2011
Time: 10:00AM


I think these are clever deals tbh
08/07/2011 10:05:00
I was never a fan of Bruces. He did a fantastic job the first six months he was here, stabalising and organising then he ran out of ideas
08/07/2011 10:05:00
Hutch signed Koumas, but you could easily put King in his place.
08/07/2011 10:09:00
King, Kapo, De Ridder, Kingson, Hagen, Mido..all big earners that never brought anything to the club
08/07/2011 10:13:00
There's probably a bunch more I can't remember.
08/07/2011 10:18:00
He did make one or two good signings though in fairness, Palacios, Figgy, Catts, Hugo and Zog. Then there was Zaki who brightened our lives for three months!
08/07/2011 10:38:00
If you pull enough tickets out..some are bound to be winners.
08/07/2011 11:11:00
Henderson and Bent sold, loanees Muntari, Onouha, Welbeck and Mensah all gone back to their clubs and Zenden left at the end of his contract. Elmohammady has signed after his loan spell but the others are pretty much replacing what they have lost. They haven't really bought any 'extra' players yet apart from the keeper and Gordon is rumoured to be off.
08/07/2011 11:38:00
i disagree with the articule saying brown is an average defender,if he is average i dread to think what caldwell is.wes brown is a top class defender who got lost among the tinkermans tinkering.he is a good buy for sunderland and i can see him and bramble making a good partnership.
johnney handsome
08/07/2011 13:35:00
I think Sunderland ran in to problems last year with injuries. They were exposed of how fragile their squad was. Seems like Bruce has convinced the board that to reach a higher spot on the ladder, that they will need a stronger squad. Which is true. But his signings are questionable. Sporadic to say the least. It's like he's got a bunch of faces on the wall and is shooting darts at them.
08/07/2011 13:57:00
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