I have to say SORRY for not attending the match review yesterday, I headed back to New York and didn’t have the time.
However, I did take in the Blackpool game. Miserable on so many levels, right? I’m not talking about the football, but more looking at a half-empty stadium half-full of fans who’ve been absolutely mugged off by that weird looking owner of theirs (defo wouldn’t want to peak at his internet history, or venture into his basement).
I’m not much of a protectionist, but I have to say, when it comes to football clubs, I really think the UK government should get involved to stop dickheads taking over and destroying things. I don’t know how you go about doing that, but football really is so much more than a business. It doesn’t even work like a business (clubs almost never die either). It’s all for the people and the communities. To do what he’s done is an assault on the town.
The game wasn’t up to much. Laurent K pulled out before the game throwing our defence into a shambles. I was surprised he didn’t opt for one of the kids to step into his shoes, but there you go.
It’s hard to lose your mind over a game against Blackpool, but it was thrilling to see Joe Willock grab two goals. I was a bit gutted for Eddie, he’s a very exciting player but he made some bad decisions in front of goal. He did work hard though, and here’s the important point: at least he was finding the positions and the runs to miss. Goals will come. Wouldn’t it be immense to have a striker in the ranks who could deliver that came from the academy? NOT HAPPENED IN OVER 30 YEARS.
Iwobi also had a positive impact on the game and I thought AMN looked very good in midfield in that more advanced position.
My big hope with the latest batch of young players coming through is that we see some growth with them towards the back end of the season. We can’t fall in love with another group only to see them all fuck off to Hull, Swansea and Birmingham (god damn it, I miss you Fran Merida). We have to see some progress, otherwise some serious questions need to be raised about the state of our academy. The production rate has been utterly pitiful over the last 20 years. The club need to move away from excuse making when it comes to the academy. Making it work is about hiring the best people, giving them the best young players and having a coaching setup that can build them into smart footballers and good humans.
I was not immediately in the firm zone when I saw them.
However, the computer kits look nicer and I’m sure they’ll look way better on a human. A very solid start and the colours feel right, I like the blue that they’ve brought back into the mixer and you know they’ll make them to a high-quality (please, no plastic badge).
The Denis Suarez story continues to rumble on. Part of me feels a bit miffed that we’re losing someone like Ramsey and bringing in someone who feels less effective. However, hard to say Ramsey has had an impact on our season up until now. It’s not like we’re shipping out a powerhouse contributor to the first team. We’re hiring in a better technician out wide who can knit midfield and attack together with more efficiency. So really, it’s an upgrade on where we are.
I have no idea what we’re going to do with the defence. It’s clear that LK and NM are going to be injured most of the season. Mavrapanos needs to hurry up and get back into the squad and hopefully prove he’s more than a 4 game wonder. We were all very excited about him when he played last year. He’s very big, he’s quick on his feet and he has a lot of composure about his game. Forget that red card.
More and more, it looks like the second half of the season is going to be about stretching old men way too far, or blooding the kids and giving an honest appraisal of how hard we have to work the pound notes this summer.
I’m gunning for all the kids.
I really do detest the muppets online who try and destroy teenagers because they’re not Leo Messi after two games. Players rarely come fully formed. It takes time to adapt to the tactics, fitness levels and technical expectations of the league. The guys can grow if they’re given the chance. We can’t be writing them off after a dodgy touch in the FA Cup. Young players grow. Thierry Henry and PV04 were in no-mans-land before they came to us, then they exploded. Why? Because they were given room to grow.
I’d rather have a kid with a high ceiling than an expensive journeyman who has hit their peak.
Right, that’s me done, see you in the comments you beautiful people. x