Are we stronger ?
I am 100% sure there will be many who will point out that the window is still open and there is lots of time to strengthen the squad, sure, I agree with that 100%.
Problem I have is we are about to go into our third CL qualifier totally unprepared, again, and we are. There is only so much spin that can be put on things, our defence is still a shambles.
Our record signing has had one competitive game against a team from a diddier league than ours in a dead rubber game, he did Ok, but that’s all, he was never tested .
Our new LB who presumably is going to replace KT showed signs that he could come good, but in all honesty, he also showed signs that he can be a bomb scare as well. The RB position, we have signed a twenty eight year old from Israel and he has a ten min spell in an international game replacing Nir Bitton and he has not had any suitors in his illustrious career to date, till we come along that is. Sorry but he really doesn’t fill me with confidence, I hope to be proven wrong, so, imho our defence is weaker than last season, as it stands today it’s much weaker, so much for our forward planning.
The midfield is where all games are won and lost. Where are we with our midfield, I wish I knew ! I hope Lenny knows,, Broonie is getting every second on the pitch, he is not even getting subbed off, so he is a stick on.
His partner will be either CalMac if he is still around or Bitton, who seems to be getting lots of game time. Is it because CalMac is for the off, I sure hope not ! CalMac is our metronome, without him we would struggle in many games, unless he was replaced with someone as good again imo.
The rest of the midfield is a bit of a problem,, it will depend on who is fit.
We have quite a few players to keep happy,,, will The Wizard of Oz be around,,, will Ollie Ntcham still be at the club,,, will Scotty Sinclair be plying his trade elsewhere? Who knows.
We have Ryan Christie who will get game time,, he is making it nigh on impossible to drop him ! Delighted for the boy, he deserves it.
Who joins him in the middle ? We know it won’t be Ewan Henderson, shame but there you go. He is another who will ply his trade elsewhere imo, so who does join Ryan ?
Silly me it will be two wingers and one other to join Ryan, as our previous manager said we have millions of wingers.
So who does Lenny play ? We know that Lenny likes wingers so he will play two most weeks. I recall he very often played a 424 system, it worked in the main but at times it failed big time. He will have matured since then I am sure not to repeat those mistakes ,, if things seem to be not working I am sure he will be able to change things as the game progresses.
James and one other it is then. Will it be Marian Shved what a left foot eh ?Or Lewis Morgan who Lenny seems to like ?
I will digress here, but did anyone notice in the game the other night when Shved came on and Morgan was moved into the number ten role, he was superb imo,,, the first thing he did was to release Shved who should have scored. Great vision and movement, maybes a thought for the future.
Or even Jonny Hayes, the Young fella from City Arzani doesn’t seem to be anywhere near the team presently, yip we seem to be Ok for wingers. There is still no real flair in the mid though.
Up front we have Eddy, the Griff and hopefully Bayo .
Jeez we have been so lucky that Eddy has managed to stay reasonably fit else we would have been really struggling up front !
Will Lenny play Mikey Johnston up front or as a winger, a winger probably,,, he is definitely getting better and better and is not scared to take a player on.
Will he play Eddie as the lone striker or out wide ? Will Griff get the nod up front ? I suppose it’s a decent dilemma to have rather than having to worry about who he has to play.
So you will have to forgive me for seeing things as the glass is half empty. Had we prepared for these season defining games last year or even in the January window, we could have had players lined up to join as soon as the window opened had we done our planning. We managed to bring in a defender who has broken our record fee for one so please spare me the bullshit that we can’t do it ! Pedro would have needed weeks to recover from spending that amount !
My glass would have been half full if we had prepared for these games with the diligence that they deserve,, as it is we are looking at the broken record of planning to fail again, we are just not learning from our past mistakes are we.
So it’s now just down to Lenny playing with the hand he has been dealt with for the time being and hoping against hope that we can pull this CL qualification off . Sadly there is many in the support that don’t care about Europe, all they can think about is the ten, the ten that justifies the cheating huns existence.
Do those who run the club care, well do they ?
Of course they don’t, they only care about relieving you of your hard earned ! They have sold their soul for the Filthy Lucre !
The huns are allowed to cheat till their hearts content with the backing of the corrupt SFA and the equally bent SPL or whatever they call themselves now and not a single peep from our club. A cynic would have you believe that it’s with our clubs blessing, they have sold out, you don’t have to take my word for it, just ask the Res 12 boys, or even better if you opened your eyes the failings are staring you in the face.
Oh but, but, but, we have won the last nine trophies, yes Brendan did !
He’s now gone, but, but we are backing Lenny ! Are we ?
It’s not how much we spend it’s how we spend it. Have we got value for the money spent this window so far ? Nobody can say one way or the other.
These are not Lenny’s signings btw, least Jullien and Boli arny.
They were scouted long before Lenny came on board, Lenny has said on more than one occasion that he want’s quality not quantity, have we bought quality ? Is our new defence the quality that Lenny envisaged ?
Who knows, but if they fail who gets the blame? As ever time will tell but I have this horrible gut feeling that this is not gonna turn out as we had hoped, I pray that I am wrong, I really do, I just don’t like this feeling but it’s all I have to go on.
No sugar coating, no sticking the head in the sand and hoping for the best, it’s just what I believe and feel.
Just to add….Huns….I HATE THEM FOR MAKING ME HATE THEM.
Take care HH
The Exiled Tim
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