My ‘expectations’ for this season would probably be to finish in the top 10. My hopes however, would be to emulate last season and take the fight for the last Champions League spot down to the wire once again.
However, in terms of saving money in the long run, rather than going to France (Abeid), Holland (Krul) and Italy (Santon) for our youngsters, why not spend a little extra developing our own young players?
Mike Ashley has a collection of ‘must have toys’ that no other retailer has, what is more they are all securely (with one exception) tied up on long contracts and anybody who wants one will have to pay through the nose.
The one player who I have no doubt will join that list as ‘long-term signed’ is Demba Ba, he has two years to run and I have no doubt the club are working to tie him down and also eradicate any possible ‘cheap’ get out clause.