“Its something I always dreamed of”
Well we have strengthened the rear guard at last but at first glance he seems a bit of a glory hunter, only here for the Champions League and those famous packed European nights.
We’ve only went and nabbed a proper defender, who is jumping aboard at this time not for money, or the raucous crowd, but because he knows exactly how much it means to pull on the Hoops.
Hallelujah, exactly what we could do with, and gives our title defense a real shot in the arm.
Exactly what we could do with a week ago also, and it’s hard not to see the signing as reactionary,, the club stalling for Lord knows what may have cost 30 million but we don’t seem to heed the lessons we are routinely given late August/September. Still, it’s nice to see that did not impact the move, and no doubt taking a pay cut, Big Shane is already showing good characteristics. Happy Days.
It’s also nice to see the club still has the ability to take players from the EPL,good to be reminded it’s not always a one way street.
Big Jules had it easy beside Kris, if he didnt know that he is about to find out. The young viking isn’t a leader, hasn’t the experience to call upon or maybe even the gravitas to order others around week in week out, pointing out substandards if need be.
The Derry man thankfully does offer the above, and to be honest that could be the making of our French giant. They will form a formidable unit now, reminiscent of an O’Neill defence, and I also expect our goal count from the rear to increase.
Business wise the sums seem fine for a player of that age and calibre, not out with the clubs spending at all, and we can assume the wage structure. An agreed price, deal just ready to be signed and sealed in twelve months is very nice, the big man will hopefully be heading into a European Championship with a freshly sealed contract. Playing in that tournament would give him little break, not ideal when the early qualifiers can prove treacherous as we just found out, but next seasons qualifiers are the last thing on anyone’s mind right now.
From a dressing room point of view the more people in there who realise exactly how much this particular title means to the support the better as far as I’m concerned, when you are proud to be there you tend to give a bit extra, or too much as KT showed, but when I asked for the men for the ten, it was exactly players of Shanes standard I hoped for, Ajeti also.
In fairness the players recruited this window have been of a good age and ready to slot straight into the first team, something we rarely seem to do, so perhaps having this batch go right would influence future decision making.
Unfortunately, this will probably see Kris dropped, and I get the feeling the young Norwegian will not take kindly to that decision. Playing him, Shane and Jules could be a plan, but that would leave us without a natural defender on the bench we would surely come back to bite us, so I see it as unlikely, plus he was getting benched for Nir already so rationale says he has just been pushed further down the pecking order. Ten or not, I’m not sure he is as committed to the cause as we wish, and may have been one of those called out publicly by the gaffer last week.
What Kris does next will be interesting.
Also interesting is tonight we are afforded the chance to see our new bhoy live against what should be decent opposition, as the Republic square off against Bulgaria. Of course Shane going down would have hearts in mouths, but a nice headed corner would have drool in mouths, so if your mouth is free tonight you might want to rate him yourself.
Our new rock might be more important to this ten than any of us know.
All the way from Free Derry, Welcome to Celtic Shane.