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BLUES TO, ER, "CONCENTRATE ON THE LEAGUE"

07-01-2008

They haven't got much choice have they, after yet more embarrassing defending saw them dumped out of the FA Cup at League One Huddersfield. Callum O'Connell wants new blood.

It was never going to be a Cup that Blues were likely to win, although you expect a Premier League team to stay in to the final few rounds.

Of course, you always know there could be an upset, and there’s that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that “it could be you”, with a small team beating a bigger one. Not for the first time with Blues, that’s exactly what’s happened.

Forty places separate us from and Huddersfield, and Big Eck was right to say he was embarrassed by the result which has now cost fans a good evening out.

I suppose the idea is that we can now concentrate on the league, but staying up depends on signing some quality players in January. A week into the “window”, though, and we’ve only been told of a couple of approaches - one for Man City striker Samaras.

His strike rate for City (55 games, 8 goals) has been poor, although he did better for his original club Heerenveen with 29 goals in 88 games, although that was in the much less competitive Dutch league.

McLeish did try to sign midfielder Lucas Castroman who played for Udinese and Lazio on Serie A – for some bizarre reason, it seems he’d decided to go on loan to Boca Juniors instead.

Castroman was a rising star in Italian football but his bad behaviour and poor discipline has led to his demise at the age of 27 and his strike rate was nothing to write home about – just 4 goals in 35 appearances at Lazio, and just 1 in 21 at Udinese.

I’m not expecting us to get anything at Arsenal, but I do hope we can do some useful business in the transfer market before the month is out.

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