Yah man. It’s Friday, so we rejoice.
So firstly, let’s tackle the rumour everyone is talking about… Arsenal are reportedly in for Nolito this January as he’s refused a new contract at Celta and his release clause is £12.6m.
He looks a good player, but he’s not world-class. He’s also 29 years old. He’s not going to move for a 2 year deal and I have my doubts about whether he’s better than what we have or at the right stage of his career to adapt to a faster more powerful league.
I’m going to decline here, if you don’t mind.
I want Aubengegnamaengeng of Dortmund. Just the £42m, but hey, what a player he’s turned into. He’s gone from being a Gervinho like whippet to a bit of a monster in front of goal. He’s a bit small for my Premier League liking, but he knows where the net is. He also has the flexibility Wenger likes across the front line. He’s looking a bit special, busting out some seriously fancy football and interplay with the ever dreamy Marco Reus. I think they have 33 goals between them this season.
It’s good to see Tomas Tuchel doing so well. I expertly highlighted him as one to watch a few seasons ago and so far, at Dortmund, he seems to be doing a good job. They’re out of the relegation zone and sitting pretty at 2nd, 5 points behind Bayern.
WHO NEEDS KLOPP.
It’s interesting, we bemoan the lack of talent in our youth ranks here… it should also be noted and hammered home that we have a massive lack of talent in the coaching ranks. Germany seem to have lots of really interesting coaches working in their league. We have Eddie Howe… but is he going to get a go at a big club? Probably Villa at some point. I don’t understand why we don’t have better young coaches coming through?
Part of me thinks we probably do, but they don’t get a chance at the higher levels because club chairman are obsessed with bringing in tried and tested, rather than taking a smart chance on someone who has an interesting vision or managerial philosophy. Our press are also obsessed with being the first to talk about a firing… look at poor old Gary Monk.
Tim Sherwood, booted out of Villa after saving them last season. I mean, I don’t know what went on there, but despite his jovial manner, he’s actually rated really highly by people who’ve worked with him in the game. Where will he get a job now? We have this weird approach to failure in the UK where one fail and you’re done. It’s the same with startup businesses. You go bust, you’re shite. Not like in America where everyone who is a success has suffered a bankruptcy… and, everyone gets fired at some point. In the UK, if I come back fired, I’ll be mocked relentlessly and I’ll probably have to take a job back in the cardboard box factory. Not sure it’s as big a deal here.
Point is, Dortmund took a big chance on a guy with a great reputation for doing really interesting things. Tuchel is a bit of a Wenger like character. He’s very thoughtful, he’s probably a bit more technical on the tactical side but he thinks about players and their welfare… how they interact… how they’re taught… how they should behave.
Who is doing things in the Premier League or the Championship that you’re hearing good things about? No one really (ALAN F*CKING PARDEW). The managerial spread is quite bland and steady in our league. The press don’t really shine a light on upcoming managers in the same way as they do in Germany, they seem to be attracted to characters over substance… and perhaps there’s just not that much talent?
Still, it was interesting to see that Ryan Garry is assisting Thierry at Arsenal. Young English guy, trained by the Arsene ways… been at a number of clubs slumming it. Maybe we have some future English talent coming through?
Right, tomorrow I expect us to win 8-0 against a very average WBA team. We know it’ll be a dog ugly performance that we’ll scrape a win in from a Monreal deflected half volley in the 78th minutes.
We have a number of players that picked up a rest over the break. So at least the only player battered by fatigue is our Chilean.
Hopefully we start with a bit of energy and hopefully we don’t lose a goal early. We have 6 relatively simple games in the build up to Manchester City on 21st December. Two Champions League revenge games, Sunderland, Norwich and Villa in the league. If we win those three, it puts us in a brilliant position come the big title contending game.
Hopefully, by then, our big guns will be back and our other stars will still be fit.
Right, that’s it. I won’t see you with a morning post because I’m not sacrificing beers for you lot.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY xx
P.S. Thoughts are with those trapped in horrendous hostage taking in Mali right now. Hopefully they’ll get out unscathed.