Wednesday is here, the weather is still making the week so sweaty I had to make a mid-morning H&M pit stop yesterday to slip into something slighty fresher. 72 hour deodorant makes so much more sense now I work in London. It’s just a shame half the people on public transport haven’t seen the light in the same way I have.
Anyway… onto football. We have SO MUCH NEWS to crack on with.
Benik Afobe likes to dance. There’s a video going around of the young Arsenal forward showing off his moves. Where? In his hotel room. Who with? Well, it sounds like a guy.
Hold on. Two guys, away on ‘tour’, videoing each other practicing dance moves? Seriously. That sort of behaviour is the type of stuff that would have destroyed my father as a youngster.
There’d be no more football tours for me if he’d caught wind of such shennanigans.
As it happens, the moves were quite slick. His timing and rhythm was as impressive as his ability to slip between styles with relative ease. He’s one to watch guys. Louis Spence would marvel.
Errr… what else do we have to talk about? Oh yeah, Eduardo! He’s talking about maybe coming back to the Premier League for a career swansong. I could imagine him working in a team like Norwich. He could easily do something similar to what Kevin Phillips has been doing at Blackpool. If you’re an amazing finisher and you can adapt your game around not having much pace, you’ll still be able to score goals well into your thirties. Eduardo was a bit lost on me as a player. His overall contribution to the team was always quite low in my opininon. I said it at the time… generally, the only time he’d chip in was with a goal. Great when he was scoring, not so great when he wasn’t. Of course, I know that sort of talk doesn’t go down well with people who like to talk about Eduardo like he died… he didn’t, he’s fine.
I guess that’s the thing with Premier League strikers these days. If they want to be elite, they have to be an everything player. The best can usually play on their own. They can drop deep, play off the last man, they have pace, power, ability in the air. I guess that’s why we’ve struggled with strikers of late. You can’t generally pick up these super players for a pittance. They’re in high demand. That’s why I fear for this summer. We don’t seem to want to go into battle with any club for any player.
Kagawa seems all set to sign for United For £17.5million. He’s a super talented player who could have given us a much needed boost in creative department. We were in for him, seems he didn’t fancy us. Eden Hazard went to Chelsea. Remember I told you about concerns about his attitude as the season wears on? It’ll take a very strong manager to work with him and I’m guessing it’ll take a lot for him to adapt to not being the biggest ego in the dressing room. That point aside, he’s another major talent we weren’t ever in the running for.
There’s the tendency to feel like we’re coasting into another close season without a strategy in the transfer market again. I’d always be the first to jump on the club if this were the case, but I’ve been told that’s not what’s going on and that we are pushing to move players on and we’re trying the bring them in. I don’t get my stories third hand through a friend who knows a friend either… so I have no doubt that this is the case. I guess it’s just a case of waiting and seeing what the club have planned. I was told by someone a few weeks ago that the club planned to have some good news before the AST meeting with Ivan Gazidis. At the time I said I was pretty sure this was the line spun last year… and it turned out to be nonsense.
It’s the waiting game I’m afraid. We’ll need to move pretty quick for players because once the tournament starts, it’s doubtful many players / clubs will want to talk business. We can’t head into July 11th without having next seasons squad ready again… new players will need to bed in. We can’t head into the season hoping we’ll make it out of August without needing to sign anyone new.
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Anyway… plenty to talk about. What about Afobe and those dance moves?
P.S. Apologies for the site issues we’ve been having lately. We’ve moved to a new, bigger, more powerful server. You guys smashing refresh at 0900 is an issue / summers being busier. Well, hammer away now… because we’re bullet proof (fingers crosse, touch wood, pray to the tech gods).