Transfer stories are the same as yesterday, bar a story from a certain publication trying to fob off a photoshopped image of Fellaini in an Arsenal shirt as real. I know a click isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but when your sole objective is driving revenue from dishonest reporting rather than delivering something of interest to fans… well, it hacks me off. The same site declared later that day we were in advanced talks for Ba…
Anyway, I watched some under 21 games yesterday. I caught the highlights of Italy smashing Israel. Plenty of bad keeping in that game. Plenty of classy looking Italian players as well.
Then I jumped on board Spain vs Germany in the evening. So much talent in the Spanish squad. Alcantara impressive player, Isco looks and absolute superstar and the striker from Benfica whose name alludes me looked handy as well (Rodrigo?). Ginter, of Frieberg started the game at the back. He looked pretty handy playing at centre back, keeping Spain at bay… Kind of. Only a late goal by Madrid’s super sub Morata split the sides (after Ginter moved into midfield)… yet more bad keeping at fault.
What I found I interesting was the depth these sides had. Most players were first team for their clubs. Most were sublimely talented and they all worked really hard for the cause. For me, Chamberlain should have been out there. We’ve a fairly snobby approach to this tournament which is pretty weak considering how bad we are as a nation when it comes to international football.
I can understand dropping a player like Jack when he’s dropped 50 senior games… but not Chamberlain… He’d have benefitted hugely from being the star. Just my opinion of course… I might even have thrown in Gibbs if I was safe in the knowledge he wouldn’t explode into a puff of dust through his mammoth 29 game season.
This evening there’s a Q&A with Ivan Gazidis at the club which I’m hoping to get to. I’m not sure how this one is going to pan out. The questions are prevetted, which gives room for slick answers. The reason the club give is that when the questions are thrown open to the floor, things get pushed in one direction… which is true. You let a group of fans ask questions they haven’t thought about and you’d be amazed at the level of question thrown out. Gazidis does normally take a few unscripted questions, so let’s hope it’s a productive evening… and it’s important to remember that I think only Everton have supporters meetings with the CEO (which, after the fans leaked off the record details, the club cancelled).
I’m sure most of the focus will be around players and who we’re bringing in. I’d imagine he’ll tell us the same things he’s been telling the press… we’ll go big if the right player agrees to join. I did read somewhere that Higuain’s girlfriend works for the BBC in London… which might be a sway over Juventus. We’ll see though… like I’ve said all summer, we’re not selling a finished product, we’re selling a dream. A dream that will come with a lot of cash. But a dream all the same.
Right, not a lot else to report on. Enjoy the day and tune into my Twitter feed this evening for some serious live tweeting. Click follow below to join the party.