Well if last night reminded us of anything then it’s that there are too many noisy people on the loose and I don’t just mean Jim White.
The incessant yelps have been undignified and lacked reason. The ‘I want a striker’ brigade are now preparing to morph seamlessly into the ‘I told you we needed a striker’ brigade.
These are the same irksome mob who upon Villas-Boas’ appointment greeted him with with dark forebodings. Talk of a Santiniesque end of days, candles blowing out for no apparent reason, bath water going cold at unexpectedly high speeds.
How are these ingrates be taken even vaguely seriously? One minute they’re hollering like a needy 4 year old, the next they’re issuing moody pronouncements like Charlton Heston when he was all beard and tablets.
The conversation about buying another striker is a brief one. Would I like one? No, I’d like a dozen. But the reality is 36,000 seats to sell every fortnight and existing staff on contracts. You cannot play fast and loose with facts in order to assert a daft argument. You can, but you simply end up looking …well a bit daft.
This Pot Noodle culture that has permeated the game is laughable. The players and managers that so many of these whiners purport to adore would laugh in their faces. Nobody likes intolerance, nobody likes avarice. Least of all I am sure the men and women who spent the best part of their lives building a club that always had decent core values.
The club sits 4th in the Premier League with a manager who moments after his arrival was scrambling. Do you honestly think Levy & Co. genuinely set out to undermine Andrè? Do you really think that?
Defoe is a one dimensional jockey. We know that, but he’s ours. And he’s scored 14. Bale is infuriating, but he’s ours. And he’s scored 12. Clint Dempsey is a bit American, but he’s ours. And he’s scored 8. Adebayor is a complete oaf, but he’s ours. He’s score 3 but only made 14 appearances. Whether yo like it or not he was brilliant last season and you can guess all you want, but you do not know what he’ll produce upon his return.
I’ve been saying for a while that we’ve been getting away with it. This is still very much the case (see Leeds, see Norwich). But the addition of Lewis Holtby appears – based upon 20 minutes anyway – to be relatively inspirational. In his ‘over the moon’ interview he spoke excitedly of the prospect of Champions League and how impressed he was with the new training complex.
You can sneer all you want, but it sparks of positivity such as these are what might just bring something that passes for glory. Not chanting the name of a player over and over like some retarded medicine man.
Jim White is 23.