It struck me that under Ange change is happening at a very fast pace. Given our propensity to be slow movers in recent times, the rate at which things are moving could easily be found dizzying.
It’s exciting for sure, constant fluctuation within the squad is much more interesting than the same eleven for three seasons in a row unless those eleven are very good quality players.
After Gordon and Neils ‘stand by your man’ philosophy, Anges ‘try and bye’ is very refreshing and captures the imagination more being a journey with no planned ending and detours possible.
I’ve never known a club to drop three new players straight into the team after signing in January, where traditionally squad back ups are acquired to cement league positions.
One player might automatically slot into the starting eleven mid season, three is almost unheard of, I believe it’s fair to say Johnson, Kobayashi, and Iwata will be named starters for the foreseeable future, not so much the impending Oh Hyeon-gyu who shall live in Kyogos shadow.
These changes show the manager’s ruthless side and his personal quest to keep upgrading, yet also show how our selling model is flexible. Previously only players who flopped lasted 18 months at the club, but in these whirlwind times starting players can be away after such a short spell in the team.
‘Play, Punt and Profit’ is fine as long as the bulk of the profit is reinvested,,profit itself on every player departing would be the sign of excellent scouting and recruitment, and most unCelticlike. But that’s what’s taking place, which might help attract players who like the idea of a brief stepping stone stint at a giant club with exposure.
Some folk don’t like change, but it’s not always a negative as we witnessed on Saturday. The new back four performed their primary task in keeping a clean sheet and our new left sided center-back got another 90 minutes under the belt. The best thing a new central defender can do in his first couple of games is not draw attention to himself, don’t set tongues wagging, quietly do the job full stop,,,Yuki has done just that.
AJ is considered a hot prospect already, usually after letting a Croatian International leave we would have a quality gap with the replacement but no one is majorly concerned about the Canadian becoming the top dog at right back, a very positive sign.
Saturday should be the death knell for the Calmac, O’Riley, Hatate triumphrat in the middle. All too often that particular trio failed to spark or showed flaws, given the form of Mooy and the quality of Iwata one of them should be on the pitch at all, Saturday was the case in point when a good performance followed switching the midfield up.
Cheryl Crow did tell us all a change would do you good, words which were proven prophetic at the weekend.
Keep going Ange, try and tinker, wheel and deal, never opt for standing still.
When your changes bring a four nil good performance, you’re on the right track.