August 26, 2009
I'll leave it to others to analyze and talk about the Joleon Lescott signing. Instead I've had this crazy thought running through my head for a week now. Really crazy. I've written it down, kicked the tires as it were and gone back and forth and here it is. With the signing of Lescott, do City now have the best squad in the Premier League?
August 19, 2009
One game does not a season make and I'm certainly not going to get carried away with my Arsenal predication. I know one very prominent Arsenal supporter who thinks United will win the league so you never know. I was curious however to see the reaction of the Everton fans. Dear me. Everton manager David Moyes is considered by many observers including yours truly to be one of the better managers in the Premier League, but you wouldn't know it reading the Everton boards.
August 15, 2009
Another Premier League season is upon us. This season is shaping up to be quite fascinating.
The Big Four - Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool
It will be held against me if it doesn't come to pass, but my surprise pick for the title is Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has spent the past couple of years blooding the most impressive bunch of youngsters in recent memory. However the crucial addition didn't happen this transfer window, but instead was the capture of Zenit St. Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin this past January. Kolo Toure was quoted earlier in the month that Arsenal lack leaders and he was right these past few seasons. But not any more. The Russian forward is going to lead by example and become a true icon of the Gunners. Notwithstanding Fabio Capello's fairly idiotic statement that Jack Wilshere could go to the World Cup, England have more than enough midfielders it is the striking options that should be of concern, the Arsenal youngster should have a breakout season. Experience plus addition by subtraction and the loses of their challengers equals an opportunity.
August 11, 2009
If Joleon Lescott gets his wish and joins City then his written transfer request makes sense, but otherwise I do fear that the Everton defender has rather misread the tea leaves. The Toffees manager, David Moyes, has been adamant that the England centre half wasn't leaving and as previously noted the Everton fans were magnificent in their support of the player in the last pre season friendly. Lescott should have taken the hint.
August 8, 2009
I've always liked Everton fans. Some of the most knowledgeable in the Premier League as I think I've said in the past. And Friday in a friendly they stepped it up a notch by cheering Joleon Lescott throughout Everton's pre season match against Malaga. There's no right or wrong way to react when a player is a transfer target, but if there was any hesitancy in Lescott's decision making I'm pretty sure it is gone now. I'll be very surprised if the Everton central defender leaves Goodison Park.
August 6, 2009
I'm sure the press will have a field day with the 3-2 loss to Rangers, but in this case I don't see it as a big deal. There should be no way that Dunne and Toure are the starting central combination for the game at Blackburn or if they are then the negative results will be inevitable. So nothing really learned that the club and the fans didn't already know.
August 4, 2009
August 4th 2009. Mark it down. Liverpool lost the title today. Certainly they will bring in a replacement for Xabi Alonso but that's it, game over. Must be a strange feeling to know, with an absolute certainty that your best chance in years to win the Premier League is gone. In Rafa we trust is going to sound pretty hollow now. You know how much I hate that Elano left City? This is ten times worse for Liverpool.
August 3, 2009
My frustration with Mark Hughes is fairly obvious. Playing Darius Vassell and not playing Elano are just a couple of reasons. Today however maybe the worm turned ever so slightly as I was treated to Hughes magnificently savaging Ferguson, Wenger, Benitez, Moyes and others in the Daily Express. Essentially Hughes said that it's in their nature to court publicity, complain and attempt to play mind games as managers because they didn't make the grade as players.
August 2, 2009
Strong fighting rearguard action from David Moyes as it appears that City are about to go in for Joleon Lescott for a third time. The general consensus seems to be that if the Everton defender asks for a transfer then that will force the issue. Moyes is unhappy with the club's tactics and to be honest I can't blame him. It's different with other clubs where they complain about offers upsetting their players and then turn around and use the exact same tactic. However I can't ever recall Everton under Moyes pulling such a stunt.
August 1, 2009
As you will have seen, my column concerning the departure of Elano has generated some interesting comment both agreeing and disagreeing with my position. Took me a while to figure it out but I have finally concluded what is annoying me so much about this move. Who is going to pass the ball?