Charlie Austin (over Burnley) Matt Ritchie (over Bournemouth) Andrew Surman (over Nodge) Henri Lansbury (over Nodge) Robert Earnshaw (instead of targeting Nugent) Chris Iwelumo (he had a house in Ipswich)
There must be countless others, realistically we could have got all of these players
EDIT: Further back - Kevin Phillips, countless times although there would have been no Marcus Stewart
we're organised, work hard and have enough quality to be where we are on merit but with the odd tweak, we can be a real contender if we recruit well in January.
Bournemouth are a very vibrant side with pace aplenty, good technique, close control and movement. They're more ready for the Premiership than us currently I'd suggest but should that really be a shock given the money they've spent to build that side?
I think we're probably one or two players away from being a title challenger, not just a play-off contender.
Cameron Stewart if he ever gets back to what he can do may cover one of those slots, we'll have to see what happens in January when half the league have a transfer embargo following FFP :p
I'm happy where we are, MM has done a brilliant job but I'd like to see him take us to the next level over the course of this season.
Exciting times at Town for the first time in a long time, bring on the next game!