UK time is: 19:23:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

How about these two?

Its quite obvious that we will not be spending anymore money in this transfer window (and I am not too sure about the one's following that either!), but it is clear we desperatly short of centre backs. This will only get worse now our own manager has no idea when Ivar Ingimarsson will return from injury.


The main problem for me is Alex Pearce, he is dreadful, so a lot of the time I think we only have one centre back. Matt Mills is a solid player but prone to the odd error himself so the two as a partnership is not good enough for this level.


Even if Ingimarsson was to return today, would he actually be an improvement? He is injury prone beyond belief and he did not look even half like the the player who was our Player of the season in the Premier League in 2006/07, last season when he did play.


So with no money to buy a centre back, McDermott already saying we cannot afford Zurab Kizhanishvili - even on loan - where does that leave us? Well how about either, or both, of these two? Both available on free transfers and attracting interest from clubs at this level, we should be competing with.


Firstly Callum Davenport. The former West Ham has had some well published personnel problems in the last year after he was stabbed this time last year. He has won his court battle's though, has recovered from the injuries sustained and is now training with Leeds, after similar trial spells at Notts Forest and West Brom. Whilst no one has taken a chance on him yet there could be many reasons for that, not least the fact that all three clubs have a number of quality centre backs, that we could only dream of, and do not want to pay for someone who would only sit on the bench. Worth a chance in my opinion, on a one year deal, surely we have nothing to lose.


And how about Jay DeMerit? Played all 4 games for the USA at the World Cup, including the game against England, and is without a club after his release by Watford. I have not heard of much interest in him, I am sure there has been though, and he could do a job for us without a doubt. Always solid during his days at Vicarage Road, including 1 year in the Premiership, and still good enough for international football. Maybe he is holding out for a good deal as the transfer window draws to a close, perhaps we could offer him something.


I had thought that the club were going to rely on young centre backs Michael Hector and Jack Mills as back up, and they had high hopes of these two to perform for a couple of games at first team level this season if needed. However both of them have been loaned to Oxford City, so that proves what level they are at!


What do you think of Davenport and DeMerit? Would they improve our squad - surely they could not do any worse?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Steve Guscott  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 25 2010

Time: 4:49PM

Your Comments

Both of these two are decent championship players at best, but would still walk into our side. Says it all really...
South Bank
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Stats: Reading v Middlesbrough (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Adkins: Our destiny is in our hands (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Reading 2 - 0 Middlesbrough (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Middlesbrough (H) Match Preview (Tuesday April 22 2014)

Under 21s win the cup! (Sunday April 20 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Derby County 44 24 9 11 30 81
4. Q.P.R. 44 22 10 12 15 76
5. Wigan 43 20 10 13 15 70
6. Reading 44 18 13 13 12 67
7. Brighton 44 17 15 12 12 66
8. Forest 44 16 17 11 7 65
9. Ipswich 44 17 14 13 6 65

Breaking League News

DRFC Neill extends stay with Rovers
Doncaster : 23/04/2014 18:54:00
DRFC Rovers win Meite appeal
Doncaster : 23/04/2014 18:41:00
Fox Grabbing His Chance
Charlton : 23/04/2014 18:36:00
Do Us A Favour Or Two Ash!
Brighton : 23/04/2014 17:24:00
Rose Recalled
Barnsley : 23/04/2014 17:07:00
Match Day Poll: Birmingham Host Leeds
Birmingham : 23/04/2014 17:00:00
Everton Battle Arsenal And Spurs For Midfielder?
Charlton : 23/04/2014 16:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Prediction for the Middlesbrough game
Suggested By:  Josh
Win 26%
Draw 12%
Loss 62%