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A 34-year-old Striker Targetted?

A 34-year-old Striker Targetted?

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Blues have made an official approach for 34-year-old Fulham and USA striker Brian McBride.

He also hopes that Chris Sutton might make a surprise return.

Bruce told the official site: 'We have been in touch with Chris Sutton over the summer and we will see what happens. It is one of those that is ongoing. To be fair to Chris, he has still got a niggling groin injury which he needs to sort out. So we'll see.'

'We have also made an enquiry for McBride but at the moment that is all it is. We have got to be patient.'

Do you get that sinking feeling of de-ja-vu?

I thought Blues were going for a young dynamic new set up? We are now told we are in talks for 30-year-old Bolton defender Radhi Jaidi, Chris Sutton and possibly another 34-year-old.

I know you need expereince to go with youth, but come on?

Bruce told Radio Five Live: 'I think we are three or four players short. We have brought in a few already but we are looking to bolster what we have already got over the next week. We have got eight bids on the table at the moment for various players. Let's hope one or two come to fruition in the next couple of days.'

He also says that although he won't say how much money he has to spend but 'If we do bring in those players, then with the quality we are looking at then I am very, very hopeful that we can bounce back.'


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Date:Monday July 31 2006
Time: 9:56AM

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Deja vu just about sums it up mate. You'd have thought that the Board would have learned from the lessons of last season wouldn't you? To allow the Blues to meander aimlessly under Steve Bruce for another season is criminal. The bloke is so lacking tactically I'm afraid thet we are in for another season of failure. Older centre halves are one thing I think (their experience is vital) but it's obvious that Bruce just hasn't got what is needed to coach a team. I blame the Board, they had an ideal opportunity to get shot of him at the end of last season and blew it big time.
paul
31/07/2006 13:05:00
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Don't you think that's a little harsh. We now have a very inexperienced, youthful side. Bruce has gone to pains to get rid of the stale, contented bunch that led to our demise and in buying hungry, eager players he's showing he is learning from the mistakes he's made. But we definitely need some experience in there. Maybe the pre season results have got everyone too excited, we need some older heads to keep things calm on the pitch and to lead by example - let alone to provide options that only experience can give.
Blackeye
31/07/2006 16:41:00
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I think a mix of youth and experience is essential. We now have 2 older centre halves, and I dont see the harm in an older striker in the squad too. McBride is not the one, Fulham wont let him go, but Sutton may be back. I know he didnt do much last season, but the championship is a different proposition. As a squad I think we need another 2 strikers (3 is nowhere near enough) and I dont see why one shouldnt be older.
lil_blues_fan
01/08/2006 09:02:00
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As long as it doesn't transpire that these 'older' heads are prefered simply because they have a 'name' then I don't mind it. As you say we need more strikers on the books, but personally I'd rather see a more direct player (Horsefield style) to have as the experienced head. We have a lot pace and desire, now we need somebody who's clever and can add a different dimension to our play.
Blackeye
01/08/2006 15:55:00
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Sounds like a retirement village for ex-abductees to me ...THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
01/08/2006 23:02:00
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