…these are the players we could do without.
It’s all very well talking about this summer’s transfers, but what about the way we’re deciding who to go for?
My (admittedly limited) attention has turned to scouting and how we go about it. I was reading an article and it said at the end “blah blah blah Steve Hitchen’s extensive knowledge of Ligue 1.” My blood ran a little cold. I thought back to Stambouli, N’Jie, N’Cluedo, Aurier. Then I dug a bit deeper and discovered Steve only joined us in Feb 2017, so Stambo and Clint and Kevin-Georges (?!) didn’t apply. But Serge and Lucas Moura came under his watch. Time will tell about those two.
Nonetheless, I asked myself: Who has been responsible for the duff ones during Poch’s reign and have they learned their lesson (or been moved on)?
Please don’t mistake this as some unbalanced “We’re shit at transfers” rant. Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Toby have all been big success stories. Then there are others who’ve been perfectly adequate or better: Son, Trippier, Davies, Wanyama, Davinson.
But then you look at Janssen, Llorente, Fazio, Sissoko. Mistakes have been made. Maybe no more than any other club, but it would be good to try and improve all the same, wouldn’t it?
My take on who’s culpable for the fuck ups? Everyone.
Lewis for being a tight arse and not investing a little more
Levy for penny pinching during deals and missing out
Paul Mitchell for being totally overrated
Poch for choosing/accepting players that have turned out to be duds
Rebecca Caplethorne, Director of Football Operations, because apparently she’s in the room too.
(Steve Hitchens is on notice because of Serge)
We need a good window, lady and gentlemen of The Committee.
Sort it out.