Oh good morning my dears!
It’s bloody cold this morning. So cold, I considered wearing gloves to work. Thet I thought, no, what would the readers think? That I’m some sort of foreign import who can’t hack typing in cold weather?
Then I realised I wasn’t working. Crisis averted.
The real crisis this morning is the lack of credible news. We’re being linked with everyone. The main story that seems to be getting everyone excited is Edison Cavani. The Express. Sorry, let’s just say that again, The Express, reckon it’s a done deal. Now, I’m struggling to remember those chaps guessing a transfer correctly in about 5 years. Pretty sure they’re one of those papers that is clicks first, veracity second. I couldn’t even name you a journalist that works there.
Anyway, my gut feel would be there’s not much truth in that story.We don’t need a striker, we need 2 defensively minded midfielders, a centre back and someone to replace Lukas.
Now there’s a story, Inter Milan want to take our German flop to the San Siro (£1.5m cash money). Would be a good move for them. A slower league where chances are slim playing for a side that have been poor for a while. It leaves a gap for us. Would be interesting to see whether Arsene fills it. There are plenty of players that have been linked to cover off that role. Pedro of Barca, Shaqiri of Bayern… we need pace and technical abilty if we’re going to bolster in those positions. I don’t think it’s practical to play WELBZ out wide. The whole point of two strikers is that one gets a rest. If a rest is dumping him outwide for many high instensity games, well, that’s not really a rest. We’ll be in the same situation in March when we have two strikers shot to pieces (remember how bad Giroud was in the second half of the year last term?).
In the holding role, Schneiderlin, who was voted into the ‘Sky Team of the season so far…’ ahead of Cesc (because of Arsenal fans) has not been linked any further. I’m pretty sure he’d be our number one target given the choice. We should be going hard for him. He makes Southampton tick over. I think he and Clynne are out for the game against us next. I’ve not seen too many names linked our way. I know we’ve been talking to St Etienne about Perrin and we’ve spoken to Leverkusen about Kramer. Outside that, I have no clue where we’re looking. I’ve seen bits of Carvahlo, problem with the Portuguese league is it’s so weak it’s hard to tell who is good / who looks good because of the talent on show.
Centre backs being linked to us centre around Van Dijk, Reid and anyone with a pulse. I think Perrin will be the one. I think it’s a lack lustre signing. You don’t land at 29 in Ligue One (unless you’re at PSG) not playing for a top club in Europe if you boast World Class attributes. You might say we don’t need world class and I’d agree, but if you’re sacrificing talent, you have to look at localisation. Ligue One players are always slow off the mark. This guy will likely be no different, especially considering his age.
Fitness news ahead of the big game against Southampton centres around no Aaron Ramsey. Tomas will be back in contention, but I’d imagine he’ll be overlooked in favour of Flamini and Coquelin. This game is massive, Southampton are back looking sharp. Arsenal are grinding out victories. Take the three points at that’ll put us in 4th, 3 points behind United… ready for an attack on City and Chelsea.
Am I right? Come on! Am I right?!
I tell you what was right, my prediction that this is where we’d be around the turn of a year. We’ll be sitting pretty in 4th just as our key players get back to fitness, then in May, when we’ve finished 4th and we have a Champions League Quarter final to show for ourselves, we’ll all go…
‘Well look, it’s progress. I think the manager knows what went wrong and we owe him another season.’
… and so the cycle will begin again.
Still, there are worrying signs of form popping up all over the place. Spurs are starting to look a lot more functional under Pochettino. United’s form is gathering pace, though I still feel this could drop later on. Liverpool have also found their feet. It’s not a cut and shut as it has been in recent seasons, but any team floating around 4th awaiting the return of Theo, Rambo, Wilshere and 2 signings in Jan. Well, you’ve got to be confident!
Right, that’s me done. Have a bloody great day and don’t slip on the ice.
BIG LOVE x