Last night, as you all probably know by now, the club completed its first incoming deal of the close season. Liam Rosenior has joined as a free agent having been released by Hull City.
Fans may be surprised by the acquisition of a thirty year old right back but, for me, it is a position that needed strengthening, Bruno and Calde are not only getting on a bit but both were effective in midfield last season. The signing significantly strengthens our options down that side and brings in genuine Premier League experience. It is an excellent signing.
A flurry of activity over the weekend suggested we’d also signed Bobby Zamora. My current understanding is that the financial side of a deal is not an issue but there are major concerns over the player’s fitness which mean a deal is far from complete.
I got as caught up as anyone with the excitement of re-signing an Albion legend but my original take on it was that the money would have been better spent on a younger, hungrier player and that Zamora represented a risk given his age and fitness record.
While not convinced that Sammy Ameobi on loan represents that combination of age and hunger (a permanent deal would be my preference for a player of that age) the signing that we have made – and our desire to ensure that this time we get value for money – suggest that this window may well be more controlled and productive than last summer’s. Time will tell but if you let your head rule your heart then bringing in a player who suddenly gives us options in defence and midfield and not bringing in a player who could sit out on the bench whilst being paid top (Brighton) dollar, is the right thing to do.