By Tony Attwood
Arsene Wenger has made the point that Suarez ain’t doing so well in Barcelona because of the dominance of Lionel Messi in the Barcelona team. Suarez has scored once in seven games this season which is not really what is wanted after spending £80m or so.
Of course he is playing out wide this year, and his psychological rehabilitation might be having an effect, but overall it does emphasise the point that players have to fit into teams. You can’t just say, “we need x” and expect such a signing to make it all ok. X might be great in one team, but not in another. Break up your existing team in order to create a space for X and you have to start all over again.
I’m reminded by the fact that Pires was brilliant when playing on one side of the pitch and not the other. Buy Pires, put him in a team and play him on the other side, and it wouldn’t work. Player and team, team and player – that is the only way to make transfers work.
Of course journalists hate this, because it makes a nonsense of their list of all the people we are going to buy. Besides, the whole notion of one player being great in one side and poor in another is all a bit hard for these journalists to understand which is why the Telegraph keep on saying things like, “there is little to suggest they will tackle the absence of a truly dominating central midfielder.”
What exactly does that mean? How would there be something to suggest that? The fact that Arsenal have phoned up the Telegraph and told them? And they are now suddenly throwing another spanner in the works by suggesting that Arsenal have to hold back in case they don’t qualify for the Champs League next year. And where did they get that “fact”.
The problem is of course, rather like the people who send in line after line of abuse to Untold telling us that our facts are wrong, neither those abusive individuals nor the reporters from the Telegraph, give us any credible sources for their “knowledge”
But the gibberish is out there, so let’s gibber a bit.
Javi Martinez. recovering from ligament surgery, is the name that pops up regularly, along with Tyrone Mings of Ipswich, although the signing of him will be criticised as he is not established. Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen, Virgil van Dijk of Celtic and Lucas Silva of Cruzeiro are always good for a mention on a slow news day.
But on a day on which the Daily Star tell us that Fifa is going to demand a re-run on the world cup bidding process for Qatar and Russia, and that the only (yes only) country that could put on the world cup at such short notice is England, so the next world cup is coming home – anything can be seen as possible. Not least from all the papers that told us we were going to sign Mario Balotelli.
So consider it all, and you will see we are in the market for a
- central defender (and a second if you have one)
- midfielder of the defensive variety,
- a striker because seemingly we don’t have enough,
- a false nine,
- a trequartista,
- a winger,
- a sweeper,
- a janitor
- a tea lady.
- a person who knows how to make cappuccino at half time somewhere near block 99.
That from the Guardian (although not the last bit), and is a list that might be considered slightly droll, and which suggests that someone is being paid too much for what they do.
But there is a reason to touch on Lucas Silva one more time. AS, the Spanish thing which once glanced at the Star and thought it was a newspaper rather than a work of fiction, has reported Real Mad have made two offers for Silva, but his club have turned both down.
But Arsenal have already agreed the asking price. However the player prefers Real Mad. (Pesky things these players). However (again) these days even some of the blogs and newspapers have picked up on Untold’s Vapour Transfer theory, especially given the way that Bale to Real Mad and Ozil to Arsenal were linked together, with Tottenham trying to stop the latter by putting the stoppers on the former.
Slowly, very very slowly, some media men are starting to think that a transfer is more than a manager picking up the phone and saying “we want ‘im” and the selling club, player, player’s agent, player’s sponsor and everyone saying, “Oh well yes of course, off you go.”
False stories abound, rumours are deliberately invented, replacements are lined up, everyone jostles, and then the transfer is done.
Or not as the case may be.
Here’s the remainder
Gilles Grimandi, our man in France, has put forwards Layvin Kurzawa on Monaco as a suitable defender at £15m and Winston Reid from West Ham and Petr Cech from Chelsea.
Most of that doesn’t make too much sense either, but its important to sustain the “stupid slow Wenger” notion, when the transfers don’t happen.
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