I gotta say the early transfer signs are encouraging from where I sit.
I also must admit I would hate to be actually involved in the transfer side of things as that is one slime ridden cesspool as the Emiliano Sala ( RIP ) fiasco showed us all.
Agents might well be the biggest threat to the games progression to a well run sport if it was so inclined.
So we have three, a lovely number indeed and no first teamer has been sold.
I had thought this was the prime week for the Arse to make their move and yet here we sit still with our young diamond still a bhoy.
And the speculation was not going to decrease after adding another left back especially for the three million mark but that amount doesnt mean much these days.
Still we have nabbed what looks on paper to be a good deal in Boli and nice and early also to help settle.
I like his age ( 24 ) and I like signing Belgians who are technically good and seem a solid footie nation on the rise. Full backs are in demand and we cant have enough good ones.
Our new central defender is great age though at 26 and should have enough under the belt to slot right in. Going out and buying a guy in his prime years from a bigger league is to be commended so well done the club from this man.
Its exactly what we needed , and as the defence won the league last season its very wise to get that addressed first and foremost.
He looks a big athletic bhoy who will hopefully rub off well on another young diamond I really like young Kris Ajer.
Infact I would think those two are the most likely to form and play the majority of the games this coming campaign with Jozo in reserve .
Young Luca Connell certainly looks and sound the part but is the definition of raw talent.
Now I will admit I would like less punts but if we are gonna punt make it sensible.
We seem to have done great homework here that is encouraging.
Had a real up close eyeball at his training and attitude plus minutes on the pitch.
Cant ask for more tbh.
The Championship is a very hard and physical league,,he had 10 games there last season which isnt as many as you would wish but still when youre in that division there is one objective,,,to get out and up to the Prem fullstop.
Managers cant and for the most part dont think long term there and so a young 18 year old does not stand much chance especially in the crucial must win the battle zone of the middle of the park.
However up north with us its actually the best area of the park to blood a youngun as you have Broony keeping you right plus usually another. Options in every direction ideally also so finding an outball shouldn’t be a problem unless closed quickly in which case you are unlikely to receive unless in space. Theres less pressure than the wings were its ahead or inside as the crowd aint having going backwards , less pressure also than the forwards were its Odsonne nailed on and maybe one other , and less than the fullbacks are being judged in both attacking and defending.
Ideally we have a long term lynchpin on the books in young Luca and we should be able to tell if we can start to plan around him should he grab a starting slot and his career takes off during the next 18 months or so.
As Lenny isnt really known for youth it will be interesting counting how much game time he gets.
His international ambitions should improve with the move also but again its game time is clutch for his career progression.
Im excited for him and its great having a “kid “ around the place.
Any bad news to be found is probably Boom Boom Bayo has gotten himself injured. Again.
The jury is still out as we just cant get him settled and playing to judge !
This might mean a loan. Dont mind if option to buy. At a price we would actually pay that is.
The starting right back is still a cause for concern yes but we see clear signs that defence is being worked on so I dont doubt we will nab a starter at some stage.
The incoming quality all seems good so why doubt a decent right back also?
With 4 days to go until the season kicks in ( was there a break at all ? ) one would hope this weekend is spent on shape and working out those creaks prior to proper test.
Sarajevo may or may not be decent but we should approach this game strongly and aim to score away and kill tie for the most part there. Entertain and crush em at home for momentum.
Tuesdays weather in the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital is not ideal with 21 degree heat plus rain and humidity forecast as of now.
It mightnt be easy but were on the road again.
Quiz at 8pm Celtic Park time tonight. All welcome.
Pensmiths sought , can pay in kudo’s and friends.