By Sir Hardly Anyone
Oh. So apparently Schneiderlin Day was set up just I could make a fool of myself in predicting the said fella would turn up at Arsenal. Well!
Of course you know the way the bloggettas get around this – they predict everyone is on offer to Arsenal and the say we could have had him, him, him and him, if Wenger hadn’t been so tight with the money.
But when one goes down, another pops up, as they say on the firing range, so apparently the newspaper Marca says Juventus “are understood to have already agreed a deal with a ‘top European club’ to sell their midfield star and Arsenal target Arturo Vidal,
But no, what’s this?
“Arsenal are beating the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam.”
And what do you know. We don’t want to let Ospina go now either. Because look, “Tevez the hero as Argentina sneak past Colombia on pens after outstanding Ospina had kept Messi and Aguero at bay.” That’s in the Mail!
Schneiderlin doesn’t really fall into this category, because he does seem to want to move. But here’s a lovely snippet from the Guardian who says the player “is determined to move to a club who are in the Champions League. He wanted to join Tottenham Hotspur last summer….”
Hang on squire, there’s a bit of a non-sequitur in there!
Elsewhere Galatasaray are interested in Lukas Podolski, and Arsenal are planning a move for Chelsea youth player Charly Musonda, 18,
But here’s another story from the Telegraph….
History tells us that doing business early pays off – which is good news for Liverpool as they aim to break back into the top four
I’m always fascinated by these sudden claims of history telling us this and that. The history in question appears to be Chelsea last summer. But one example is not really “history”. I can remember Man U doing all its deals in June one season, but then I can remember Thierry Henry not signing until well into August, and Vieira certainly joined after the season had started and before Mr Wenger had actually arrived from Japan.
But no, for the Telegraph, “history” is now just one season so “Liverpool are clearly trying to take heed from that by making their signings early on this summer, having already confirmed the transfers of Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Adam Bogdan, with Nathaniel Clyne expected to follow in the coming days and potential other deals in the pipeline.”
Now it is funny for as I have watched Liverpool buy everyone going I am reminded not so much of the date of the purchase, but of Tottenham spending all the Bale money and not getting into the Champions League. I haven’t checked but I suspect that what history tells us is that trying to introduce more than two new players into a squad at once at the start of the season can be difficult.
At least the Telegraph article has the honesty to contradict its headline writer, saying, “Liverpool have not had a great deal of luck with summer business done early, though. The signings they have made early on in recent years include Dejan Lovren, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Fabio Borini.”
So history doesn’t teach us that then!
But, they counter their own counter argument with, “Generally, though, it seems players who make moves in the off season’s first months tend to do better than deadline day signings.”
Ah, so “generally”. Not “history teaches”.
OK, so the evidence across time is, “Arsenal signed Alexis Sanchez relatively early last summer, while Danny Welbeck joined late. Sanchez was their best player in 2014/15 and Welbeck failed to hold down a first team berth all year. Of course, Sanchez is quite obviously a better player than Welbeck, but would the former Manchester United man have settled better if he had been afforded more time to settle?
And apparently “Eliaquim Mangala complained that he was not afforded a proper pre-season with his new club last summer and that it had affected him.” Oh well.
They are examples, but as the paper says, there are exceptions, such as Tottenham with Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue all joining on the early side of the summer of 2013.
Their conclusion is that “transfers made in sufficient time to allow the player a significant settling in period tend, it seems, to do better than desperate deadline day attempts to address problem areas,” seems rather obvious.
But the line, “It could well be therefore that Liverpool are giving themselves an early advantage over their rivals by doing so much business already this year,” is a bit tenuous.
We shall see.
Today’s Anniversary – and speaking of goalkeeper’s…
27 June 2005: Stuart Taylor sold to Aston Villa, one week before Vito Mannone arrived. In all he had made 30 appearances in all competitions winning a league title, an FA Cup winner’s medal and two Charity Shield winner’s medals.
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