Happy Bastille Day, Spursland! Well if you didn't know that the World Cup was ending yesterday, if you had somehow ignored all the media hype, perhaps by getting caught up in LeBron's move back to Cleveland, well the signs it was ending were there to be seen all round Europe. You didn't need to listen to the rumblings coming out of Brazil to know the long, relatively quiet summer as far as club football was concerned was ending. Because it sure seems like over the weekend about a month's worth of news broke.
Siggy, maybe gone. Ade down with malaria. Jan to Barca? Maybe. Paulinho somehow sold for a profit? I don't see how but that's the word. Play time is over, boys and girls. It's very much time to go to work.
And now the "news"
Us missing out on Lukaku because he moved abroad normally wouldn't bother me so much, but if you look at the moves the other Sky 6 are making, we have a very big reason to be afraid. Chelsea and United look set to be unstoppable juggernauts and Arsenal aren't stopping making huge pick ups. Even after spending so much last summer I am beginning to look at this squad as the best mid-table club in the league, and that may be being generous.
And the good news is only $15 billion will go to bribes and kickbacks for Putin backers. A big improvement from the Olympics.
We spent like £85 million last summer and I still feel like we are, optimistically, the best of the mid table clubs right now. Man United are fixing their Achilles heel, Chelsea are doing the Man City method, Arsenal are repeating their Ozil plan basically, and Man City already bought everyone they could need. We, on the other hand, have been acting like your grandparents sitting in a beach chair. Not really doing much, but pretending like they are keeping an eye on the situation.
See what I'm talking about?
It's nice that he finally found something he is good at.