I’ve broken up an article about promoting from within or buying for defensive midfield, defense and attacking mid roles into 3 smaller easier and quicker to read posts heres the DM one.
Defensive midfield. Promote from within or buy?
If we look at promoting from within we have a host of potentially Arsenal quality players. Diaby, Denilson, Song, Djourou, either one of them could step into the flamini hole and have a flamini or better season in there. But it is only a possibility none of them proven.
Diaby has performed fairly well out of position on the wing but has been known to get caught on the ball a few times and if he does do that a few times this season i dont think he has the work rate and tirelessness to race back and get the ball back like flamini would. Still hes built like Vieira and could very well have a blinding season adding some real forboding menance and build to our midfileld.
Denilson seems to be in more of the playmaker mould and could maybe find it more difficult then Diaby to pick up defense duties as well as pushing forward. He has shown some of his huge pototential in Carling cup games and maybe now is the time for him to take the step up to the first team.
Song towards the end of the season was begining to look like the quality player Wenger said he was and could be when we were all telling him how crap he was. He shone in the African Cup of Nations and could be a Toure of our midfield without us actually having to buy the Toure of midfield at Barca.
Djourou has likened himself to Maklele and claims he plays best in the DM role. He didnt set the world alight at Birmingham on loan at the begining of last season but was unlucky when he returned to the Arse to pick up an injury around the time where he could of picked up some games and proven himself due to Toure being on international duty.
The thing is anyone of these players could have a flamini or better season. None of us could of guessed flamini would play as well as he did last season so none of us can really guess how well any of these players could play this season.But is promoting from within as risky or riskier then buying a proven DM who most likely has never played a game in England?
Next up Promoting from within Attacking Mid and Centre back. Or just read the whole article here on the team here http://anothergoonersramblings.blogspot.com/2008/06/cb-dm-and-am-lr-promote-from-within-or_7609.html .
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