A Good First Signing – And It’s Not Zamora

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.

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One thought on “A Good First Signing – And It’s Not Zamora

  1. I’m not sure Bobby Zamora is the answer to striking concerns. As you say, it may be better to look for someone younger who has appropriate fitness levels. As regards signings, you maybe typing quite a bit in the next couple of weeks.

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