The dreaded international break is here again and we don’t play again until the 30th March. Boring eh!
We have to chat about something and as usual, it the gossip in the red tops and broadsheets that will fill in, and of course the guest posts that are lining up nicely. I know I thank you all personally, well by email but not always publicly, until now.
Without all the help you guys give me, I’d really struggle some days, so thank you. And just because your views may not mirror mine, it matters not. We all have a view and all have a right to have it aired…….
Talking of which, I guess the same can be said about those who write for a living in attempt to sell newspapers. It’s what they do, badly sometimes, yes, but it’s what they do. Doesn’t mean we have to believe any of it does it?? Of course not, we all have something between our ears which tells us to take everything written with a rather large pinch of salt.
Talking of which, today’s juicy story is about Michael Vorm and Martin Skrtel. Both of course are reported to be up for a move to The Emirates this summer.
We have already seen that Ashley Williams is heavily linked to an Emirates move, but should the Skrtel story also be true, would that partnership be more efficient than Vermaelen and Merts? Then think about those two with Vorm between the posts?
No, doesn’t do it for me either. Vorm in goal is a much better option than any of our current keepers, but maybe there is better out there. Not Valdes though, he wouldn’t know what’s it’s like to have to concentrate and actually work hard for 90 mins would he?
As for Skrtel, well if Brendan Rodgers believes he’s not good enough for his side, then sure as heck he’s not good enough for ours either…
Ashley Williams, well there’s something about him I quite like, him instead of Vermaelen maybe?
So what else is in the news…..
Annoyingly there is plenty of chat from our players on the official website, too much for my liking. Anyone would think we are in the running for the PL title rather than just a top 4 place but I guess that has been fed to the players from above.
But one thing said by Merts was interesting about having to sit and watch the Tottenham after the loss:
There was a lot of room for improvement.
We saw ourselves as a unit on the television and you can’t believe what we did. Sometimes we didn’t choose the right direction. There were a lot of situations where there was no pressure on the ball.
Our thoughts were we have to look at each other and that is making us play better at the moment.
It’s a shame that this hadn’t happen back in October/November last year when things started to get sloppy at the back. It’s not like there haven’t been plenty of other matches they could have been made to suffer viewing. We all had to!
But we have been saying that all season, so much so, performances like in Germany and Wales are a real shock, or maybe just a pleasant surprise, I don’t know which expression is best.
All I know and I think most would agree is, if we can continue to improve on the way we are playing, add five quality players to this current squad in the summer, remove the drifters and unfit and we’ll be on a mission next season.
A mission we could achieve!!
Why do I keep saying the same old thing about what/who we need?
Because, if we say it loud enough and often enough, it might just come true……..
One player we won’t be seeing in red and white is David Villa, he’s been offered a new contract with Barcelona, one he’ll surely sign.
Finally, the weekend was good for us and we played, rather beat, Swansea at the perfect time. They will have been hurt by that loss, Laudrup will no doubt be pretty annoyed that his Carling Cup winners couldn’t offer up more than they did. He and his players will want to put that right in their next game, especially as it’s in front of their home fans…..
And we know who it’s against too!!
Have a good day all, it’s going to be a long old two weeks….