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Fan Letters: ‘It should have been LJ’s priority to sign a new keeper this summer’

And while the keeper situation is causing debate, Mark’s still not happy with our transfer situation.

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Dear Roker Report,

Should have been LJ’s top priority to sign a No 1 keeper this summer as Burge makes too many stupid mistakes for me and doesn’t command his box - if you look at how many goals we conceded from set play balls into the box last season it was horrendous.

Patterson is not ready and needs to go out on loan to learn his trade, so I am afraid we are stuck with Burge.

Ged Pyle

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I’d have liked to see a new keeper come in – I don’t have great confidence in Burge. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.

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Dear Roker Report,

I would put Burge in to start, Patterson still looks a little raw watched him in the friendlies and had a rush of blood on more than one occasion.

Colin Lee Anderson

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Patterson needs experience to iron out those mistakes – if he’s given a chance in the first team we need to be prepared to let him make those mistakes, otherwise he needs to go out on loan.

Spennymoor Town v Sunderland - Pre Season Friendly
Too raw?
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Dear Roker Report,

Mr Speakman, you cannot be comfortable with recruitment so far – four signings one out for at least four weeks. Just be truthful, us fans are not mugs.

The Hume gate affair continues he is injured and he still won’t sign a contract that’s unacceptable, then we pull out of signing a lad from Liverpool as a replacement because someone else is available. Cheaper you mean?

We are woefully short of players. I think we will go up but recruitment so far has been short in numbers. We heard there was a list of targets there are no excuses this season. The staff are in place to get the recruitment done. For instance, McGeady is supposed to have tendinitis so why did we not sign Jones. Just be truthful – if we can’t afford him fair enough.

I have faith in Kyrill he is a breath of fresh air for the club he can not be happy with the way recruitment has gone.

There is to the end of August to get players, please let's see some new players in and freshen the squad up.

Here’s to a great season and see if we can get out of this league and build for the future.

Mark Wild

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I’m still very comfortable with what’s going on transfer wise. I’m sure the club would have much preferred the signings to be in by now, of course they would – but would you prefer we made signings who are our fourth, fifth or sixth choice or wait for our first or second choices to be available, if there’s a decent chance the will be available to move later in the window?

Re McGeady – he had a planned injection for tendinitis in order to be ready for the start of the season. Where’s the sense in signing Jones for 3 years on god knows how much money ‘just in case’? We’ve got Gooch, Diamond, Embleton and Hawkes who can all play there.

We’ve been told this is a long term plan – the club aren’t just buying players for the next few months, they’re buying them for the next few years. Given we’re at the very start of a long-term plan, it’s illogical to me to get too carried away with any perceived shortcomings in the short term.

Of course, if we’re in the same position after the transfer window shuts they’ll be rightly criticised as we’ll be pretty short, but until then I’m quite content to see how the next few weeks play out. If the rumoured signing of the lad from Spurs proves correct, it shows why it’s smart to keep your powder dry.

Tranmere Rovers v Glasgow Rangers - Pre-Season Friendly
Should we have signed Jones?
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