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The Obertan Effect

8 years ago

I haven’t written anything for a couple of weeks, purely because I have nothing positive to contribute.  If you know me, you’ll know I’m a positive, glass half full person, always looking on the bright side of life and enjoying life as a whole.  I really want to sit down and write a positive piece about NUFC, and not be as downbeat all the time and feel like I’m ranting or raving.

That said,  what positives are there to discuss?

Senior ‘Blue Chip’ players haven’t left the club (yet).

Shola has scored goals in pre-season (let’s take stock of the opposition).

We’ve signed Remy on a short term loan.

Help me, I’m struggling here…

Whilst thinking of the positives, let’s jot down some concerns:

Obertan is still at the club

Shola is our top scorer

We have an idiot who can’t tell the truth as our Director of Football

We don’t have an operational structure in place to steer the club forward

We used to have a 17k waiting list for season tickets, we now advertise open sale in every part of the stadium

We can’t get a transfer deal done even when the club will sell and the player wants to come (apart from Remy on loan – why didn’t we buy him for £8m??)

We have a manager who doesn’t understand how to get the best out of his players

We have a manager who doesn’t get strategy or tactics

We set our sights too low

We show no ambition to move the club forward

We have an Owner who doesn’t care

We don’t have a Chairman (do we?)

We have people saying, it’s only pre-season, calm down…really?

We think a 1-1 draw with a 3rd tier scottish side is a positive result

We still haven’t scored from a corner

We never hit the touchline and pull a cross into the box for attackers and midfielders to attack

We can’t score goals

The club website is sh*t and I pay £3.99 a month for that (I must be the mug)

Ok, back to the positives…

When I think of some, I’ll write another piece, in the meantime I’ll wallow in self pity.

Oh, and a simple change that would reap benefit,  put Santon on the right wing (as he’s right footed) and Ben Arfa on the left (as he’s left footed), play Cabaye and one of Tiote/Sissoko (not both) in the middle and 2 strikers up front.  We have Dummett or Haidara at left back – and let’s see what balance you have and attacking potential in that.


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