I don't see why not, Drogba is a short term deal (1.5 years) and they have a good chance of making the QF of the Champions League against an out of form Schalke with an inexperienced manager. I do think Drogba is "done" (might come back to hurt me saying that ) from what I've seen in the ACN he isn't the same player, but if he is inspired who knows
Without winter mercatos, players would not leave as much either.
Youth academies and reserve teams can provide the injury coverup.
How often does a team lose all its strikers? Not often. And when it happens, well, reserve or youth strikers can provide cover.
Heck, that's how it worked before (transfers were rare 25 years ago) and now fans and teams seems to wonder how they can survive.
In England (ever a law unto itself), things used to be worse than they are now. Clubs could buy players all the way up to late March / early April. The phenomenon of desperate teams trying to rebuild on the hoof in midseason was just as prominent then too. (There are an alarming number of people who would prefer to restore the old system, although thankfully UEFA wouldn't permit that change).
To my mind its silly to make too much of clubs spending big in January, because having to recruit wholesale halfway through a season amounts to an admission that they failed with their strategy the previous summer; NUFC this year being a case in point. Failure isn't something to be envied. The long-term economic and sporting consequences remain to be seen.
I think Wenger spoke out because he's suffering the traditional unrest that greets Arsenal's caution in the transfer market. Rather than preach half-arsed morality, Wenger would have been better off pointing to the league table and asking Gunners fans whether they'd want to swap places with Newcastle. (Or expand that argument to cover 1996 to now, because Newcastle's net spend almost certainly exceeds Arsenal's over that spell).
Another less pious but pertinent argument that Wenger declined to make: bringing in lots of players under these circumstances doesn't guarantee success. Foreign players often need three months at least to accilimatise to the EPL. Moreover, trying to incorporate too many new people at once without the benefit of much time on the training ground can cause as many difficulties as it solves. Consider QPR last season. In trying to reinvent themselves they compounded rather than alleviated their problems. While the faces changed, the underlying flaws remained the same and it was less a case of QPR avoiding relegation than relegation avoiding QPR. Twelve months on and that short-termism has left them up to their necks in the brown stuff again.
Developing young players through your own youth system is the most efficient way to create a strong team. If clubs choose to ignore that point, underinvest in their academies (as Newcastle have done) and prefer to live and die by the chequebook, in the end they are victims of their own short-sightedness.
The revised version of Newcastle United 2012/13 hasn't kicked a ball yet. Their "unfair" transfers, rather than saving them, could be pulling the lid down on their own coffin. They may be piling up mediocre players who are good enough to help them finish 17th, but will be no use whatsoever in helping the club improve much in 2013/14. The "unfairness" is truthfully a massive gamble that no right-thinking club would want to undertake. You don't need rules to legislate against such behaviour, you need people who understand the way football works running clubs by planning properly rather than taking short cuts and / or indulging in false economies.
The best argument against January signings isn't to harp on about fairness, it's to point out how rarely even Alex Ferguson has signed players who immediately prospered.
Hasn't Boateng been good for Milan? I don't understand this at this price...one would think with all the circus surrounding Balotelli and limited market for him that the price would be pretty cheap.
It's overpayment given Balotellis current form.
Boateng was amazing for Milan last season, but this season has severely regressed. People are speculating he was only that good because he played beside Ibra, but in fairness the whole team has regressed this season.
I honestly believe some of these sites just copy rumours from other sites and it just trickles everywhere. Again I will believe the rumour of him staying until summer because of his pregnant wife, than well talks reopen.