Another post, another sad story to acknowledge. This time, a nutter ploughing into a group of people near a mosque in an apparent ‘revenge’ attack. Utterly shocking and sad. I’m glad the PM is calling it out for what it is, terrorism. There’s no such things as an eye-for-an-eye when it comes to innocent people. There’s nothing noble in homegrown radical hate preachers because they look like you. There’s nothing glorious in calling this out as a civil war, because it’s quite simply not.
London is so much better than all this bullshit, sadly, the cesspit that is the internet, is not.
Imagine saying to your older self ten years you’d have to keep one earbud out walking down the street, just in case some unhinged wanker decided he needed to mow you down in the name of his religion or warped belief.
Anyway, stay safe Londoners, and stick together.
Right, onto football news.
Barcelona are making super sexy moves this summer. Verrati and Dortmund’s Dembele on their radar. Enough to make you want to creep off into a dark room with just the finest goals and assists videos. What a team they’ll have next year if they make that happen.
Then you look at us. CEO parading his new hire in the media, I obviously have an opinion on this, but it’ll be a bigger piece later in the week. Player wise, we’re supposedly in for Kylian M’bappe and Lacazette. You know who we’re most likely to get, and here’s my thing. Why aren’t we chasing down a better striker? If we have £100m to blow on an 18-year-old, why don’t we have the cash for Auba of Dortmund? Why aren’t we hustling Bayern for Lewa? What about Barca for Suarez? What about Belotti?
I might be totally wrong on Lacazette, but to me, he looks very rough around the edges. He’s 5ft9, he’s hardly built and he’s coming from a Ligue 1, I really can’t put up there with the best outside the top 2.
Then you hear we’re struggling for a work permit with Asano. The Japanese striker started 22 times, landed 4 goals and 4 assists. I mean, those stats next to Sanogo look world class, but again, we’re banging on a door that’ll never open to world class. It’s Park Chu-Young or whoever else we’ve watched Wenger flog as a prospect for years. My guess, he’ll be on our books for the next ten years and amount to nothing.
As for all the nutcase revisionists out there talking about Giroud like he’s the second coming of christ, what are you going on about? The guy is bang average. At best, he’s a solid Everton striker. If West Ham want him, that’s great. Make it happen. I’ll drive him over there. He has consistently proved at the highest level he won’t be there for us. He’s had a good innings. He’s banged in a lot of goals. But he’s not a patch on peak Thierry, Bergkamp, Wright, Robin Van Persie… or even Adebayor.
We can and should be doing better, but again, a little reminder, signing a player who can’t oust Giroud in the French national team really does make me double take what we’re getting ourselves into here.
Right, those are all the words I have today, see you in the comments.