Saturday, January 31

Where will Darren Fletcher play?

Darren Fletcher is having a medical at West Ham. Still not sure where he'd play with Song, Kouyate and Noble playing well in central midfield, though he could certainly replace Kevin Nolan in the squad. Or are we resigned to not signing Alex Song when his loan spell ends in the summer? Some disturbing reports today suggesting that Noble might be moved on to make way for Fletcher, which would be a mistake, as Nobes is the heartbeat of the side and connects the team and supporters. But hopefully that is paper talk.

On the plus side Fletcher has lots of medals: one Champion's League winning medal, one runners-up, five titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups. Sir Alex Ferguson clearly liked him a lot and Van Gaal says he respects Fletcher as a human being. My concern would be that we're signing a 30-year-old player on the way down, whereas all the successes this season have been with newly-signed hungry young players. Though Fletcher seems thoroughly professional and will surely maintain his motivation having done tremendously well to overcome ulcerative colitis. Could he do for Big Sam what veterans Campo and Djorkaeff did at Bolton? Will be interesting to know what Man United fans think of his departure.

Meanwhile Hamilton's left-back Stephen Hendrie has signed a pre-contract and will be joining WHU next summer. Should improve the quality of the snooker at Chadwell Heath…


Anonymous said...

He'll play in West Brom

Pete May said...

You're right it seems! Though you never know till Tuesday. Odd the clubs hadn't agreed if it was a loan or permanent deal.