New Signings Aren’t Always The Solution by Neil Watson
With great amusement I read a statement from Jose Mourinho saying, without more signings this season will be difficult for United….that team that have spent the second most amount of money on players in recent seasons, only superceded by Citeh…..
That agents and players so blatantly now control clubs means people like Ferguson are sadly such a great loss to the beautiful game. If a player got above his station he would ship them out regardless of who they were for the sake of the common good.
Enough about United… Over the last 12 months our club had been under the media microscope, predominantly with issues relating to Sanchez and Ozil as contract rebels as well as the continuing growth of discontent amongst the fans due to Wenger’s refusal to step down and yet, 12 months on, it appears the press no longer find any negative interest in our club since, like the final scenes in The Godfather, our club has ‘taken care of business.’
With the exception of the current Ramsay situation, our ship is out of the eye of the storm and in calmer waters. We have a manager with new ideas, a relatively happy squad (from what we have seen from the pre season) and something positive to look forward to. Whereas our squad may not be as strong as Citeh’s on an individual player comparison, Unai and his recent acquisitions may just have stablized us, given us cover in specifically vulnerable areas and focused our style of play on areas where we can be more effective.
This time last season we were aware Sanchez wanted to go, that Ozil wasn’t ready to sign a new contract and Wenger had recently signed a two year extension!!! That’s one year ago….
Today, as other clubs scramble to sign players and ‘without those signings our season will be difficult’ (Mourinho), we addressed so many issues early doors and have had the benefit of most of those signings bonding over the summer so we are in better shape than most.
There’s no guarantees of how well we will do this season but you can’t argue that our ship is being steered with authority and commitment and we have no players desperate to throw themselves overboard….
Let’s enjoy deadline day and watch other clubs pay over the odds for deadwood….It reminds me of when I was young and we’d go out to a club and at ten minutes before the club closed we’d desperately look around for ANY girl to go home with….Let’s hope we can offload some of our ten to two girls….