Deliver the men for the ten
While the footballing department is out of action, all eyes turn to the off field business of strengthening the team, something everyone wants to see happen. Our club of choice is the biggest in the land capacity wise, and has by far the bigger global fanbase, plus the faithful are world renowned. All the above also add up to the biggest bank balance, as it should, so with the support on edge and rivals rubbing hands, it’s the perfect time to play our strongest card and flex the financial muscle.
Open the piggy bank and bring in quality.
I say strongest card for a reason as in theory the financial advantage should see us buying from a pool our opponents can’t afford which means, on paper at least, a better standard of player than the rest. At the moment we are relying on individual talents to shine and win the game for us, so buying the best should keep that success rolling.
That’s why some quality now, to help gain momentum and take first spot, may be vital to our chances of retaining the title again.
The keeper was a statement signing. Elly is an International with experience of the biggest league in the world, has pace and skill, ticks all the boxes on paper.
The squad doesn’t need more filling out and the very last thing some of our talented youth need is their route to the team blocked by a player who cost more so is more fashionable.
The first team could do with a breath of fresh air, it perks up the entire squad plus puts some on alert knowing their spot is about to go.
A few quality players right now is the very best thing the PLC could produce.
Barkas and El Hamed were the last two that stepped straight into the team, so we aren’t signing first team ready players a lot, but it’s not beyond us to pull a couple out of the hat, after all they are out there.
It depends who you are talking to but the general feeling seems to be a defender (preferably left sided) and a striker. A midfielder would be strange considering how many names we have in the nix for 2 or 3 spots, unless we have a departure of course.
I thought young Luca Connell was excellent when given a chance btw, and as mentioned would hate to see his route to the team blocked. Then there’s Soro, who looks tidy.
But Lenny is loyal to his midfield warriors, so it’s hard to see why there.
The wings? It would give Jamesy a boot up the arse is a common claim, but we have Wee Dembele, plus Mikey Johnson could play there, and that’s where Connell shone from for his 45 minutes of fame. The left see’s Elly and Mikey duel for that spot, maybe Christie as back up as I’m not going to mention Shved, so I think the gaffer will see that side as covered.
It’s up front and at the back looks like the priority.
Left back may well have a slot that needs filling, so centre back, left back, striker and replace the outs like for like and the chase for the title is genuinely on.
The numerous transfers misses we have had in recent years do give cause for concern of course, we can only hope we have done substantial homework on our incomings as the last thing the Virtual fanbase need is another Braffheid.
With things as important as they are, plus the less than ideal start to our campaign, these next signings will be magnified and scrutinized beyond belief, and are walking into big pressure despite empty arena’s.
Getting them right is essential. Reputations are on the line, for the wrong ones at this time won’t be forgiven.
Lets see the suits earn their coin, deliver the men for the ten!
The above is by Mahe.