I think what we need is not so much a second striker but a central midfielder to complement Vieira. We need someone who is a good ball winner and a good distributor. This is where Gilberto is lacking. He is average at both. Look at his passing against Bolton, it was not far short of really terrible. Sure he had one good shot but they usually end up miles back in the crowd. We are really lacking someone like a gerrard or a lampard or a scholes which we have not had since Petit. our other candidates, parlour and edu are each half of what we need. Edu is a good distrubutor and has a fair shot on him but he lacks in the ball winning and tackling, he is ok at it but is much more comfortable with ball at his feet. Parlour is the opposite, a good ball winner but not a great passer, occasionally pulls out a great shot but they are too few that they are almost flukes these days. parlour and edu added together plus a bit more pace as one player would be perfect. i think instead of splashing out for a striker, we need to search for a central midfielder. look at the other big teams. Liverpool have Gerrard, a great ball winner and superb passer with a mean shot. Lampard is the same for chelsea, while Scholes for manure is arguably the best of this type of player anywhere. they also have kleberson who seems to be what we wanted gilberto to be. they say class is permanent, form is temporary and while henry is out of form lately (no goals for a month is out of form for him) we need to have someone coming through the middle taking responsibility for assists and goals and gilberto is clearly not this player. he does not strike fear into the opposition midfield or defence, edu can make the keeper stay aware and parlour does aswell but we need more than that. feel free to disagree and argue with me as this is just my opinion. does anyone agree that we should spend on a good central midfielder with good ball winning and distribution skills or do you think our top priority is a striker? toure's brother sounds like the kind of player im on about but he is as yet untried against realy good opposition and as i understand would not be able to play this season.