Transfers and Pre Season
As alluded to in my previous post, a mini clearout is due
I let Ben Mee
leave on a free, break 1million profit on Rasmus Falk Ashley Westwood
is put on the loan and transfer list, and then I have my first Dilemma of the window, Fulham
coming in with 10 million for Josh Brownhill. I decide to let him go as some good players are dropping onto the transfer list and I think I can get one or two in to make my midfield better - and I can play Maddison
slightly deeper if needed
Brownhill goes with my best wishes - and I immediately go in for Eric Dier
who is on the loan list
Accept ,..... but apparently Eric isn't too keen on the bright lights of Burnley
I then receive a derogatory offer for James Maddison
- I promptly tell Wolves to go away
I MUST REMEMBER - BUY QUALITY NOT QUANTITY
in the window, Historically in saves I always wend up with a bunch of mediocre players and get sacked 3rd season!
My three free signings are very good and are better than Mee Falk and Brownhill
so that's a good start (and apart from Sign on fees, nothing spent)
The fixtures are then released.... and my first 5 look grim and in the words of Graham Taylor
" do I not like that"
Anyway, onto pre season - before I go I put Matt Lowton a
nd Charlie Taylor
on the transfer list as I have a left wingback in Alonso
and 2 right wingbacks in Passalack and Williams ( who can cover the left too
A lot of MLS teams come in for Westwood
too - So I potentially will lose another three average players.
I think I do a relatively good job in covering all of those positions off with the THE MOST EXCITING MAN IN FOOTBALL
Oh hang on - that should read THE MOST EXCITING MAN IN FOOTBALL
Joking aside Milner
is still a workhorse and will certainly fit in with the plan.
come in for my assistant which I see as a decent reflection of the job Im doing - I beg him to stay and like some soap opera wife .... and he promptly does !!
Pre season goes very well with the highlight being dispatching Inter Milan 3-0
In the midst of this win Vs a European Giant, I notice Christian Eriksen
looking Irked at being subbed, I keep my eye on this as he could add the flair to add to my increasingly talented front 5 of Bale, Maddison,Mcneil, Wood and ......
My latest addition on Loan
A bit of a loose cannon and a flair extraordinaire but he may help turn last years draws to wins, and with Tonali and Milner
as holding players, alone with Dahoud
as a box to boxer, I think I can tae the risk on him (especially on loan)
The night before the season starts I am dealt a double blow, one expected, one not so much .....
My main centre half out for 6 weeks.... balls. Tarkowski
will come in and I'm sure do a great job.
The more likely blow was
out of contract superstar Neymar doesn't fancy a trial in Sunny Burnley - The cheek of it !
Onto the first of my Tricky 5 Vs Liverpool - and although I don't envisage a win, I think my lineup stands more of a chance than most !
I tell the lads we are aiming for mid table..... although without sounding a bit Hitler-ish - Europe is the goal