Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Arca signs for Middlesbrough

Arca goes to Middlesbrough

Sunderland AFC have confirmed today that the Argentinian Julio Arca has agreed personal terms with Middlesbrough and has completed a transfer worth 1.75 million pounds. Julio now has the advantage of being able to continue playing in the Premiership without having to sell his home, he will be hoping that Premiership exposure will help further his career in the Argentinian national team who he last represented at the Olympics.

After giving six loyal years of service I cannot blame him for wanting to move and it is fairly clear that the move was not motivated by money, big transfer fees, or a big wage hike, he simply wants to improve his chances of playing for his national team. I'm sure that all Sunderland fans will wish him luck.

George "Ringo" McCartney picked up a bad knock on the knee in the friendly against Shelbourne as a result of a wreckless foul against him, consequently he will be out of action for two months. This is a huge blow for the Northern Ireland international who was just returning to fitness, and for the club, underlining the importance of bringing in some left sided players following Arca's transfer. Robbie Elliott, the former Newcastle full back was spotted training at The Academy of Light this morning so must be viewed as a possible signing. He is currently at Leeds United and is unable to hold down a first team place there, so he will have to work extremely hard to impress Sacko and Quinny.

Other transfer targets include a goalkeeper to replace Kelvin Davies, recently sold to Southampton, and a proven striker. Quinn has revealed that he is interested in trying to arrange a return to the Stadium of Light for Kevin Philips who won the Golden Boot during his last spell at Sunderland, however, much will depend on the managerial position at Aston Villa who just a few days ago dispensed with the services of David "O'Dreary".

As a fan for over fourty years, I hope tht Niall Quinn isn't going to be wrapping himself, the team, and the club, in a cloak of nostalgia, I would far rather see him trying to sign the best young British talent that he can secure and build a Championship winning squad from the foundations upwards. Sometimes one has to see that turning the clock back is not a viable option!


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