Free signings (Zenden) can flop, 6 million pound signings can flop (Garcia), 10 million signings can flop (Xabi), and so can 15-20 million signings (Joaquin). Not saying any of these are or will be flops, but there's a risk with any player, any investment. Like any other type of investment, the higher the potential return, there's usually a higher risk associated with it.
If Zenden has a shocker year, then another, and we see the back of him - it's a case of ah well, we got him for nothing, no real harm done. Spend 15-20M on Joaquin, and he doesn't live up to theexpectation & hype, and that's a real loss on a huge investment.
No doubt making so-called 'squad' signings, like Zenden, are critical to success. But Zenden won't take us from where we are to league champions. Jaoquin 'might' be able to.
Yes, we should always look to make additions to the sqaud, whether they be back up RMs or CBs, or 18 year olds that could be first teamers in 4 years time. But to say we should wait to sign a 'Joaquin' type player when, sh1t, that's exactly what we need, stupid.
We won't win the league being careful in the transfer market. Weobviously have to be smart about what we spend money on... we'r not Chelsea. But I don't want to say, hey, we bought the best we could being careful. We're 10 points behind Chelsea, that's the best we could hope for. Crap, go for it. If Joaquin, at his best, all going to plan, could win us the league in a year or two... bloody well buy him. Don't wait, pounce.