Magic, not Moolah
England’s footballing break does not come at a good time for us at all it must be said.
As we commence, they sit down to reinforce, putting some hearts in mouths and distractions galore out there, all because they still have more cash than almost all others.
While me and you know the special season is underway, others wont care, therefore we wont be getting left alone anytime soon to settle down for the season undisturbed.
I would love to think that when the season starts that is who we are going into the campaign with but the footballing world doesn’t feel that way. As pointed out by my partner in crime yesterday there is a long way to go of this window and thus possible angst when its not needed. The increasing speculation surrounding our striking positions does little to ease those of a nervous disposition, but it must also have the level heads raising eyebrows.
Our strikers won us the league last season as we did not have the meanest defence, which means they are an extra important element of the team, however it is an area that is not problem free. The duo that delivered the last title has not been reformed due to forced change, which has given number three choice an opportunity to stake a claim to be the number two.
And Paddy is looking like he fancies grabbing Leighs spot up top, but many would fancy Griff to raise his game and scrap for it, all good there.
Number four choice looks like heading out on loan and probably forever gone, a punt too far but wages freed for another backup.
Number one is under contract for another two years, so on paper I suppose we look OK.
But the rumoured names and prices bring big concerns.
Ajeti on loan with an option to buy next year makes sense, as a blind man could see we definitely will not have our main striker next summer no matter what happens. He will have served his apprenticeship by then and will rightfully be showcasing those skills at a very high level no doubt. Plus try before you buy is a nice policy, we should attempt it whenever possible to mitigate risk.
But he must play alongside Odsonne and not replace him this season.
Fletcher makes sense in that hes free and would want to be onboard for this season knowing exactly how big it is, but doesnt make sense as Bayos replacement. Would a 33 year old who has probably done well out of the game want to sit on the bench week in week out considering he made 30 appearances last season? Celtic fan or not I don’t think so. Tells me if he signs he thinks he gets games.
Toney at anywhere near the prices being thrown around only makes sense under one circumstance, he’s our new main man. At 24 years of age he is about to enter his prime, is used to playing week in week out, and has ambition hence the preferred Brentford EPL move.
This lad is not going to fancy warning any bench anywhere, he joins us he is playing and intends using us as a stepping stone within a few years.
And that is very very worrying. A official move for Toney, allied with the experienced veteran coming in, would be the clear signal Odsonne intends to depart or is in negotiations, and today I’ve seen many realise that and its implications.
Heading into the legendary ten quest with a new strikeforce or more specifically without Odsonne would be considered absolute folly by everyone, the biggest gamble yet from our board. A possibly suicidal move on the PLCs behalf.
As BMCUWP mentions our PLC have form for moving on players with two years left, and it must be said that’s standard across the football world so it see’s little complaint normally.
But this one is very different.
This is our best player and title deliverer. Our diamond. Under contract.
The sporting argument for retaining one more season even if less fee should win out here, no question about it, perhaps winning that ten would shift merchandise galore and successfully cement another season of full price take up whether attendance allowed or not thus helping replace some of that ‘lost’ cash.
The fans that paid up at full price to show support to their great love, they certainly dont expect to see our main man cashed in on during a crucial season, not after squad trimming, not with so much at stake.
The players, they see the talisman walk into the sunset just when he’s needed do you think they will be happy and not only that, perform above and beyond for the season no problem?
They will be pissed and the band should stay together, it’s needed now more than ever.
Lenny, he might not be perfect but he’s ours, he doesnt deserve this, not one bit he doesnt.
The PLC aren’t blind to supporter feelings but they can and have played head in the sand while their strategy has been bearing fruit, which is their prerogative. Footballing success and financial success have been accomplished hand in hand, which is a credit, but it must never be forgotten that we are first and foremost a football club that sets out for success on behalf of itself and its fanbase.
In this most special of seasons the manager needs all his tools at his disposal.
Selling his biggest at this time would be a slap in the face to us all.
The above is by Mahe. As usual pensmiths and match observers please send any help to firstname.lastname@example.org