Two days on from Transfer Deadline Day and I can’t help but feel a bit confused about the dealings of two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
After tinkering with his defence already this season it was pretty clear that Jose Mourinho would be bringing in a defender or two.
We all know he has that style of play that the first thing he concentrates on is keeping a clean sheet and his defence being strong.
Jose doesn’t want to win 4-3 or 3-2. He’d take it if he had to, but he’d much rather his side won 1-0 or 2-0.
He obviously didn’t feel his current crop allowed him to play to that philosophy, so it’s no surprise that he has gone shopping for defenders in the shape of Michael Hector and Papy Djilbodji.
While I expect the latter to challenge for a spot in the first team squad straight away, Hector has been sent straight back out on loan to Reading.
That brings me nicely on to my point. Chelsea’s obsession with loaning out their players is staggering. The fact that they now have 33 players plying their trade elsewhere is simply bonkers.
I know they have their reasons and are simply trying to protect their interests but surely it’s going too far.
Victor Moses is a massive example. I couldn’t make a head or tail of it when I heard he was going out on loan to West Ham on Tuesday, despite the fact he’d just signed a new deal before.
What is the point in that? Why don’t they just sell him to the club that actually wants him?
He was on loan all last season at Stoke, he showed them how good he was and come back and featured in a few games in pre-season.
Jose has obviously had a look and decided that he’s not right for his 25-man squad. Then it’s simple – just sell him.
I always wonder what the players are thinking in these situations. They are sitting down to sign their new contracts knowing that they are not going to be at the club for the season ahead.
It must be a truly bizarre predicament to be in.
A change of philosophy at Old Trafford?
I was also surprised that Manchester United didn’t sign a striker with more experience after Javier Hernandez left, opting instead for an unproven teenager.
I’m really not sure about Anthony Martial. I know I won’t have been the only person to have to rush to look him up after hearing Manchester Untied were about to pay all that money for him.
The United way used to be that if you had a talented youngster on your hands you would bring him along first before you went out and splashed £36m on 19-year-olds.
I know people might say they went out and bought Cristiano Ronaldo all those years ago, but Ronaldo was simply magical, he was an anomaly. He was a special talent that was identified at a young age and brought in.
As a Manchester United fan you are going to have to trust the judgement of the scouting system and the fact that Louis van Gaal has made Martial a priority.
On reflection, his signing does make me fear for James Wilson.
He came on as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers last season and looked really, really sharp, and you thought that big things were ahead for him, especially with the club now short in the attacking ranks.
Maybe he needs a year out on loan in the Championship to develop and show what he can do.
Just look at the way in which Patrick Bamford took his chance on loan at Middlesbrough last season. He delivered there before getting a crack at the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
That could be the way for James Wilson to establish himself as a top-flight player in the years ahead, though you’d have to think that the arrival of Martial suggests that Louis Van Gaal doesn’t quite see him as good enough to play for Manchester United.
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