I must confess to not quite seeing the brilliant side of this deal.
Is Kovac to be considered a multipurpose cover for the Upson, Collins, Parker and Noble? That I wouldn’t have a big problem with, even though it does not feel like a deal in line with the famous “Football Project”.
Is he a Mullins stand-in? With Hayden gone we don’t have a player that we can use to “close down the game” (if Hayden was ever any good at that, I’m not sure), but is this function a priority?
Or are we preparing ourselves for a life without Parker next season?
If he is to get significant time on the pitch, who has to make way?
One of the most important parts in developing our team and to take it to the next level is to make sure that Noble fulfills his potential. Even though Noble put on a very decent performance against Hull one could argue that he does not always shine against better sides, but are we about to field defensive and offensive lineups? Certainly there are situations that calls for changes in what players are fielded depending on what opposition we are facing, but if the manager brings in a 30 year old player to take away any significant part of Nobles time on the pitch I’m confused.
However, I have a major objection to my own reasoning in this post - Zola and Clarke have gained my full confidence, so I guess I should just shut up and enjoy the ride – but then I wouldn’t be a blogger would I?