Thursday, September 1

Fab four?

Some seemingly good business by Big Sam, as we've recruited four new players after selling Parker in Diop, Demel, Lansbury and Bentley.

Guy Demel (will Elton John fans in the Bobby Moore stand come up with A Song for Guy?) can play on the right of defence or midfield and has won the league at Hamburg. The 30-year-old from the Ivory Coast looks a formidable size too...

Henri Lansbury is an England under-21 international at Arsenal and will add more depth to the squad. He's already had loan spells and scored goals at this level for Norwich and Scunthorpe.

While I'm excited by the season-long loan signing of David Bentley, once tipped as the new David Beckham, but possibly a victim of the, erm, Baby Bentley culture.

He was overpriced at £15 million when he joined Spurs, played out of position and then unable to displace Aaron Lennon. But we know from his time at Blackburn that he's a great crosser and free kick specialist. And anyone who saw the 50-yard goal he scored for Spurs at Arsenal knows he's got ability. Could be one of those undervalued Moneyball players that we need.

Slightly disappointed to see Junior Stanislas join Burnley as he's an Academy product who scored a few goals for the club and has never really been given an extended run, but guess we have to recoup some wages for the new signings.

Overall, Allardyce has attracted Premiership quality players and been decisive in the market so far. Seems like we have a manager who knows what he's doing at last.

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