Feature: Keegan must make do without spending

Last updated : 08 January 2004 By Gary Shea
But it is highly unlikely that we will witness the arrival of the Blues’ checkbook this early in the year. The financial situation is tight due to the considerable amount of millions that were invested into our new Eastland home last summer.

There was speculation that Jerzy Dudek would be brought in to replace David Seaman, who has been severely critisied for some faltering performances so far this season. Any chance of this happening was vetoed when Chris Kirkland got injured and Dudek regained his place in Liverpool starting eleven.

David James, who has been linked with City on several occasions before, was a possibility, but West Ham would demand a high price for their prized asset. And with West Ham pushing for promotion Keegan will be looking towards the summer to move in on the England No.1.

The harsh reality is that Kevin Keegan will have to make do with the players he already has at his disposal. Many other clubs are in exactly the same position that City find themselves in. Sam Allardyce has played the depressed transfer market in style over the last few years.

Jay Jay Okocha was snapped up on a free transfer and has worked wonders at the Reebok since his arrival after the 2002 World Cup. Youri Djorkaeff was another revelation, originally brought on loan, and is now a cult hero for the Trotters.

These are the types of players that are drifting around aimlessly before our very eyes. Players that just need the right man behind them and they can be transformed into world-beaters again.

Okocha and Djorkaeff would sparkle in any team in the Premiership. But these two men are plying their trade at Bolton Wanderers. Kevin Keegan has already shown how he can change a player’s fortunes when he landed the signing of Ali Benarbia. It is now time for Keegan to show his worth.

There are quality players out there just waiting to pull on a sky blue shirt. So come on Kev, get scouring the market, even ask big Sam for some advice. Lets get some more quality in the ranks to help us push on in the second half of the season.