Forget for a moment that we were beaten by the Villains. There are enough villains in our own club that need to be sold this summer. As much as there are some bright prospects in our mist, there are still too many featherweights who clearly lack the enterprise we require. Some of these might be worth giving some time to see if they can blossom. But others just need to be sold to the highest bidder. Fast.
Let’s not take anything away from Sherwood’s Villains. They showed more desire and they did what they had to do. Like against Burnley, we laboured to create meaningful chances and got our just rewards. It’s poetic justice for Sherwood but discordant embarrassment on our part. Tim did not just make a point with that victory, he demonstrated some of the qualities he was accused of lacking. Specifically speaking, tactical nous.
It’s evident the top four has been beyond our reach for sometime. Now it looks like the players cannot wait for the season to end so they can go on their summer holidays. My heart goes out to fans who commit hard earned dosh to watch the games live. If only they could get a full refund. The team just lacks any bite and it feels like some are just going through the motions.
“Maybe there was a lack of intensity in the first half, we increased that in the second half but it wasn’t enough.” Pochettino
As much as it is questionable that the players appear unmotivated to win, in another context, it may actually be to our advantage. If losing more, results in dropping out of a dreaded Europa League place, then that could be a blessing in disguise. Is it unprofessional to concede matches? Of course. But from our perspective, this could be effective management. Let’s hope we don’t get done for ‘match fixing’.
The fury of some fans aghast in red hot frustration at Pochettino and in particular Daniel Levy cannot be ignored. The loss against the very man we fired has caused some sections to doubt Pochettino’s appointment. As riled as some fans might be, the only way we are going to find the answers to the searching questions being raised is to give the current regime time. Chopping and changing has not helped and continuing that precedent will only cut fresh wounds in our attempt to establish some degree of stability.
A summer transfer window to redefine the complexion of the team will reveal more about the qualities of Pochettino. So let’s hold back plans of stoning him just yet. I imagine the likes of Capoue, Paulinho and Chiriches among others will definitely be flogged to potential suitors. Thus providing the necessary resources to recruit targets more akin to the playing style we are trying to implement. Yes, there was some very successful moments with managers past like ‘Arry. But we cannot keep referring to what happened yesterday. Those who fix their eyes persistently on the past risk a severe collision with the future.
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