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Joe Ledley Signed - Until January

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I'm sure everything I'm gonna say has already been said on here, but I'll say it anyway.

Not a fan of this move.

How have we managed to get ourselves into a position where we need to sign an ageing midfielder looking for his last payday?

At the start of the summer we had Gary Rowett saying that youth was the way forward and that you could expect a lot of energy from his side in the middle of the park. Now we have the slowest midfield in the league with Rowett having let go of all the youth, pace and energy we had in there and failed to replace it. Thorne, Johnson, Huddlestone and Ledley. I've seen faster glaciers than that lot. 

I don't think Ledley offers anything for us. Can he tackle? We've got Thorne and Johnson for that. Can he pass? We've got Huddlestone and Thorne for that. Can he work hard and press that opposition? We don't have anyone for that, but he can't do that either. He's always played best when surrounded by people who do the running for him.

Someone mentioned that Rowett is clearly in charge of transfers. Absolutely correct.

No Director of Football in his right mind would sanction signing a 30+ year old free agent on what will probably be a multi year contract.

A director of football might wonder why after all this talk of youth and energy our midfield is now significantly older and less energetic than it was at the start of the season.

And they might also wonder why after talking about youth and energy half of our signings this season (including this one) are over the age of 30. 

They might wonder why we now have to sign Joe Ledley on premier league wages (like two other players this season), when we had quite a few perfectly serviceable midfielders at the club already such as Bryson, Elsnik and Butterfield (depending on your disposition towards him).

In the words of Shania Twain, that don't impress me much.

 

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Definitely steer clear would be a complete waste of money Take at least 6 matches to get match fit its legs and energy we need in midfield he's got neither plus he doesn't really want to play for us Yes he's been a great player but that's it been not anymore Of the out of contract players the only one I would take a punt on this Spearing experienced can tackle get about the pitch just what we need 

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Frustrating signing if it were to happen but we definitely need someone in there but we are going on very old ground a bit as for me we should have kept and used Bryson and Elsnick but events conspired against us in a very Derby county way but it will be interesting to see 

1  - the contract length 

2 - how he fits in to how we will play

3 - how he actually plays for us

all resulting in that he will be a short term stop gap player or a very good signing for a while longer - everybody can see that we need someone in midfield to tackle and win the ball and give it to someone better further up the pitch which we tried to do with the lad from Birmingham 

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8 minutes ago, Mistaram said:

Definitely steer clear would be a complete waste of money Take at least 6 matches to get match fit its legs and energy we need in midfield he's got neither plus he doesn't really want to play for us Yes he's been a great player but that's it been not anymore Of the out of contract players the only one I would take a punt on this Spearing experienced can tackle get about the pitch just what we need 

He broke his leg in may 2016 and turned out for wales a month later so can regain fitness quickly.....

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2 minutes ago, Sparkle said:

Frustrating signing if it were to happen but we definitely need someone in there but we are going on very old ground a bit as for me we should have kept and used Bryson and Elsnick but events conspired against us in a very Derby county way but it will be interesting to see 

1  - the contract length 

2 - how he fits in to how we will play

3 - how he actually plays for us

all resulting in that he will be a short term stop gap player or a very good signing for a while longer - everybody can see that we need someone in midfield to tackle and win the ball and give it to someone better further up the pitch which we tried to do with the lad from Birmingham 

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/spy-camp-inside-track-derby-506924

"A tenacious, dogged midfielder who gives everything in every game... a seven out of 10 man who shields the defence as holding midfield player. Wins the ball and gives it to the team's playmaker... The type whose main work is appreciated by his team-mates and his manager...He's very unsung but very effective at what he does."

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He sounds definite "boo boy" material, sign him up.

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31 minutes ago, hkrammm said:

I don't. But if I am to guess they actually are on £40k (Davies), £45k (Huddlestone), and £50k (Ledley) per week. 

Have no idea where you got that from. 

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/could-cardiff-city-re-sign-13102119

Same place saying that he has signed, reporting that he was on 25k at Palace, so don't really think he'd double his wages to come here would he?

http://sillyseason.com/salary/hull-city-fc-players-salaries-101466/

Also according to this, Hudds was on 18k (who reportedly rejected a pay rise to join us) and Davies 8k at hull at the end of last season. Now these may well be incorrect (especially davies whos wages seem very low), but these figures probalby have more substance than someone guessing their wages.

Ledley offers us something we don't have. Defensively solid, with vast experience especially at international level. With it being a world cup year and with Wales still in with a chance of getting there, there is little chance that this move will be a 'final paycheck' for him. 

If he does sign, lets all give him a chance. Of course you can reserve judgements on players, but make the true final judgement on how he performs in a derby shirt. No one knows if it'll work out or not, so lets wait and see. 

Edited by LB_DCFC

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