Momentum. Pre USA trip we had it, now we’ve lost it. Only temporarily hopefully but as each day goes by the optimism engendered by the two signings and the pinning down of Bale diminishes.
Déjà vu is setting in. Starting the season with one of the team’s stars having his head in the wrong place has become a regular event, combine that with beginning with no strikers and you begin to wonder what Frazier Campbell is up to these days.
Believe what you read and our transfer kitty depends on whether Real think Modric is worth more than what King Kenny paid for Andy Carroll. Levy gets the right deal and suddenly the in door at WHL starts revolving quicker than the British medal ticker at the Stratford velodrome? Seems unlikely to me. Too many agents and not enough Champions League.
As our preseason stutters, Chelsea are buying a team ready for Guardiola (“thanks Robbie, cheers for the silverware”), the gooners have made at least one astute signing in Cazorla and still no-one has given Van Persie the big pay day he’s after. No doubt our Daniel is being notoriously tough in umpteen negotiations we’re not privileged to, from this distance though it appears that we’re standing still whilst others are making cute moves, especially when the unconvincing performances on the field are taken into account.
It’s a week and a bit until the Sports Direct Arena and yet again it looks like we’re going to start a season half-cocked. It’s three weeks until the end of the window and the thought of having no-one signed by teatime on the 31st with Luka’s features staring out from the screen still dressed in lilywhite fills me with horror personally.
Waiting to see what the manager has learnt, both with regards to tactics and handling the media, from his time at Chelsea is torture. Is he Juande or another Jose? Lazy comparisons I know, but I’m nervous.
Given the above, a flying start to the season seems unlikely. A few solid results would change it, but at the moment my expectations for the first few weeks are to say the least, low.
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