With the new season start just around the corner, many of us are now asking some serious questions about the progress the club has made and what is in store for the new campaign.
I think a lot of us were hoping that Ashley’s end of season speech, the first time any of us have seen him talk to a camera, was a sign of positive change, that he’d finally seen the light and realised the urgency of action.
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However, the relief of that final day’s win and securing safety, quickly disappeared as the days turned into weeks, all the while fans dwelling on the lack of signings while other clubs made serious attempts to strengthen.
Despite the wait we eventually look to have secured three players, all at the desired level of investment and potential that the fans were after. Like it or not we can’t compete with certain clubs in world football, but we at least spent the right amounts to secure good talent this window, rather than looking to bargain signings in numbers.
So, three signings of pretty much the calibre we were all after. But are three signings, no matter how good, enough to revolutionise a side that came so close to being relegated last season?
Most of us would think not, we are at least 2 or 3 more players away from being a competitive side once more. And of course by competitive we don’t mean challenging for top 6 or cup glory, we mean avoiding relegation comfortably.
I think our first choice XI will be looking something like:
Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Colocini, Dummett, Colback, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Aarons, De Jong, Mitrovic
Assuming the new signings find their feet quickly and current players hit form, this isn’t too bad. Looking at a potential bench of
Elliot/Darlow, Taylor, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Cisse and Perez also isn’t too shabby.
Looking beyond this match-day squad though and we start to get into finger crossing time.
I think we are still light in defence and lacking a spark of creativity, but worryingly we are once again going to be at the mercy of injuries and suspensions as to how our season will shape up. Another injury run like last season and we will really feel the pressure, having to rely on the likes of Williamson, Gouffran and other players who have all had chances but failed to show anything resembling adequate skill and motivation.
I’ve been impressed so far with McClaren, he’s talked a lot of sense and he looks to be setting the team up to play good football,l rather than the negative set-up and hoofball we have been used to.
I just hope that the players are given a chance to gel and to improve before the crowd gets on their back. We should have secured enough to improve our lot this season, it’s up to Ashley to prove this window is the start of a revolution and not just a blip to encourage ticket sales!
A final note:
If you chose not to go to the match then that is a good stance and I support it…but those who do choose to still go to the game need to forget this boo culture and back the side.
They aren’t helping; it doesn’t affect Ashley and won’t make any difference other than make the players nervous and risk another season of struggle.
If you want to protest, do so with empty seats and refusal to buy merchandise.
If you do choose to go to the match then support those players and manager, who are representing YOUR club, and give no excuses to those who fail to perform.
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