Groundhog summer my friends.
Every day, I’m just here bringing you a slightly different blend of bland.
Reports in France allude to us having secured William Saliba for next season by dropping a £5m down payment today, allowing us to pick up the full tab next season. A bit like buying a sofa at DFS, except you let DFS have your sofa for a year while you basically sit on the floor like a lemon.
Anyway, I like the look of the deal, and for me it does tell you that the club, though moving slower than a golf cart in a tarpit, probably has a firm grasp of the finances. This sort of move doesn’t seem like the type that would predicate a begging bowl presentation from Raul and VV in America this week, does it?
I think this summer will likely land us where we want to be.
Wilfried Zaha is going to be a total menace to Hodgson if he isn’t allowed to move this summer. £40m (+Chambers) is great money however the deal is spliced up, and Palace know this is likely the peak of his value. They should cash in and spend their £94m wisely because making this drag on out of principle could be the difference between staying up and going down.
The Tierney deal chatter has gone quiet, but again, are Celtic really going to pass on £22m? They have a disrupted player on their hands as well, how many left back slots at big clubs are opening up that would see him as the ideal candidate over the next 3 years? He could end up at Southampton or Everton if he’s not careful. For such a pissy disparity (£3m), it’d be really fucking dim to let a deal fall away for both he and the club. That said, Arsenal might have a better player lined up, though I’d imagine signing a Brit appeals for many reasons.
If we throw a loan move for Raul’s fave Brazilian, Malcolm, you’d have to say that we’ve done some solid business for a small budget.
My big worry is the same as yours… it’s not really enough, is it? Additionally, summer is where you prepare and condition players for the season ahead. You have loads of free time to integrate new ideas, new players and a new team spirit. Introducing half-fit players in a months time is going to do us no favors. Having the rotting fish heads hanging around taking a sledgehammer to the ambience is also a disaster. Cancerous personalities can do so much damage to a team culture even if they aren’t actively pursuing destruction… the mere presence of someone you know is on the way out can be a distraction.
I’m also wondering what happens if we sell two or three of the wantaways at the death… do we just go really slim in defence or midfield? Will we be replacing? Or going with youth?
Still, back to the positives:
At the very least, there’s a platform emerging… it’s not absolutely elite, but it’s probably a little more interesting than a Hazardless Chelsea can do. Our summer might look better than the one going on over at United if Paul Pogba and Lukaku exit the building. I’m not sure it matters how much money you throw at Ole G, I am pretty sure the second half of his season is the real him and their season is heading for the central reservation.
I mean, this is a little rich coming from me, Emery has just as much chance of tanking next season as Lampard and Ole G… you can but dream. The 4th spot party feels like it’ll be decided on who makes least bad decisions this summer versus anything else.
My hope is that we don’t fall off a cliff next year because we don’t need Edu fighting forest fires again next summer.
The big worry is looking at Leicester having a good summer. Ayoze, Thauvin and Tielemann’s being added to an already competent squad with a very competent manager who will have had a chance to embed his ideas and ELITE motivational approaches.
‘Jamie, I have two fingers, I want you to pull one’
‘NOT NOW JAMIE, at the end of the season when the cameras are here.’
I’d imagine they’re going to lose BIG HARRY or someone like Chilwell, but if they can absorb that, they could be a surprise package next season.
Watching teams like Leicester do smart things is what keeps me going. Football rebirths don’t have to be a 15-year turnaround job. I thought Matt Scott put the situation very well.
They’re about to sell Harry Maguire for maybe £80m. Arsenal’s net spend will be >£20m. But the fact is, their spending now has been funded by clever buying before. Kanté £6m => £30m; Mahrez £500k => £34m; Maguire £16m => £80m. It ain’t what you spend, it’s what you buy. https://t.co/3aNkYVOr0l
— Matt Scott (@Matt5cott) July 9, 2019
Liverpool and Spurs made it happen in 5 years. Part of making it work is sticking to a plan for longer than 7 months. Our crushingly bad transfer windows over the past 15 years took a sharp turn for the better under Sven M, we identified talent early and finished our moves very quickly. He shifted on deadweights like Coq, Theo and Giroud. He bought some very tidy players. It was a mixed bag, no doubt, but the point for me was that we were following a process. That process would likely have produced if he’d stayed around.
Notable that since he landed the boot, our whole approach is a mess. We can’t sell players, it’s taking an age to buy them and it’s not abundantly clear what we’re attempting. Meanwhile, Sven has sold 11 players and signed 4 in Stuttgart. Is that a coincidence? Unlikely. Say what you will about the shaggy-haired scout, his German efficiency is certainly lacking at Arsenal at the minute.
That’s why Edu really needs to be a central pillar for the next 5 years because after 22 years of doing things exactly the same way year after year, we’re now one of the most schizophrenic clubs in the Premier League. Give me the calmness of a setup that gets its work done quickly and delivers closely to a smartly devised plan that progresses the club every season.
That’s all I’ll ask. Until I get it, then I’ll find something new to complain about.
We’re a week away from the 7th rebirth since Wenger left… this one is most certainly the one I’m looking forward to the most.
Don’t let us down Edu… and Raul, get cracking on those signings. x