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I’m personally don’t mind we missed out on Stones. He’s an 18 year old young lad, a good prospect but right now we need players but experienced players who can get us out the shitte.

I’m pretty sure you wouldnt have seen him this season , Ithink we should now concentrate on our new Academy setup and bring our own through which aint about feckin time considering how many years we’ve been in the prem ffs.

I was wondering why we were pursuing such a young player who we definitely would not have seen for several months when our defensive shortcomings are there for all to see. Threadbare and prone to numerous errors yet neither seem to have been addressed ?[/quote]

We persued him now as if we didn’t he would gone elsewhere, so we tried to sign him before another ‘Big’ club did, which would then leave us with no chance of ever being able to persue him again (I know he signed for Everton anyway but that’s not the point). So we treid to get hold of him when we had the chance, and fair play to the club for doing so. It seems as though we were unlucky.

Also he may have featured this season, he is 18 I know but weirder things have happened than an 18 year old playing in the Prem. B)[/quote]

I suspect you know full well what I meant by not seeing him for several months because RM does not like throwing kids in at the deep end and he has quoted that ! We needed to shore up the defence now and I know what you mean re one for the future but our future in the Prem is at stake here and so an immediate fix was needed in my opinion. Scharner is RM’s answer and so we must respect that I guess but I have my reservations ! The fat lad out on the left wing concerns me ! ;)[/quote]

To be fair to Latics part in this whole Stones deal, I have read in numerous places for a couple of months that Everton were monitoring him.
If Latics did know the price Barnsley were after & if they had gone in at that price straight away (which I doubt a club ever does) then I think that Everton would have stepped in at that point anyway.
They quite clearly wanted him (probably with a long term plan in mind) & Latics having a bid accepted forced their hand when they may have been prepared to wait until the summer
It wasn’t Latics that released news of the bid being accepted but Barnsley I suspect in the knowledge that they knew other club’s were waiting in the wings & hopefully of getting a higher price or more up front etc..

Only my suspicions but I don’t think Latics/Bobby/Whelan/Jonathan Jackson did anythign wrong here