By Bulldog Drummond
Predictions are tough. I mean I wonder what Dan of Fantasy Football League website is thinking now having written last summer, “I think West Ham are on course for another successful season.”
Or Sports Mole’s senior reporter who wrote of them “Finding a way to balance domestic and European commitments could prove to be West Ham’s biggest challenge this season after struggling to do so in 2021-22. However, Moyes has strengthened his squad well so far this summer and he plans to make further additions, which bodes well for the Hammers as they attempt to compete on all fronts.”
And one thinks back to these predictions and multiple others as the Daily Mirror now tells us that, “Real Madrid want Odegaard return.”
That story proclaims that “Arsenal could be at risk of losing captain Martin Odegaard following reports that his early season form has caught the eye of Real Madrid.” They tell us Read Madrid (whom they insist on calling “Los Blancos”) have “first refusal on Odegaard after inserting the clause into his contract when he joined Arsenal.”
The same paper tells us that Brighton have similar problems as “Brighton midfielder and World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister is ‘set on a move’ to Juventus,” although even they admit that “any move is dependent on whether USA international Weston McKennie leaves before the end of January.”
Testing such predicted moves is of course what we do in our regular transfer window chart which in its last edition had 52 players that we are going to sign in January, according to 259 reports we’ve looked at so far.
But what the Mirror does somewhat more helpfully in a different article is list the players not currently in the Arsenal first team squad who might be promoted in the final two thirds of the season.
These are Ethan Nwaneri (the 15 year old who came on against Brentford), and Lino Sousa, who joined the under-18s at the start of the year and is so highly regarded at full-back that he is now in the under-23s at the age of 17.
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