We don't think AVB will be opening his mouth even if Arsenal lose at City but there will be plenty asking questions. It's also a big weekend for a Spurs side yet to claim a scalp...
Considers Alan Partridge circa 1992 a style icon and enjoys over-vaunting the England team, English players or English teams in Europe. It's Andy Townsend...
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Carl AFC may be right about Willian being overrated. In one of his YouTube videos the second clip was of him taking a corner.
We Don't Need Willian
As a Chelsea fan, I'm left wondering - why exactly would we sign Willian? So far this transfer window, when I reckon we needed a new defensive midfielder, probably a new central defender and certainly a new striker, we've bought two new attacking midfielders, a young all-round midfielder and a reserve goalkeeper. We now have a roster of attacking midfielders that includes Mata, Oscar, Hazard, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Moses, Marin (at a push) - i.e. we're already overstocked. Adding another player in this position just seems totally unnecessary.
Tim Colyer, Chelsea fan, London
Moses For Liverpool?
Wouldn't be too silly for Rodgers to consider a move for Victor Moses. He's young, quick and direct. Furthermore, he has plenty of Premier League experience.
Dominic, LFC, Singapore (just don't announce your transfer targets to the whole world first, and things should work out)
Chill, United Fans
To those United fans losing their collective s**t on the blog about lack of transfers, you should all be ashamed of yourselves. Go and support Liverpool if you want to be hysterical, while City and Chelsea go about spending loads of cash - maybe you would like to go and support them. Maybe Spurs - shiny there too.
Support your team, support the manager. For the first time in over 20 years, there has been a sea change at our club. New directors have come in before but they had Fergie's hand on the tiller. This year, it's all change with new directors and a new manager. It's going to take some time for everyone to figure out how others like to work. For us plebs in normal jobs, there is normally a period of mutual evaluation, usually lasting about three months..
In summary - chill.
Conrad Wiacek, MUFC
You Couldn't Make It Up
So Arsenal are down to one fit centre-back, the fans are screaming for reinforcements and we are getting in a diminutive central midfielder. Because he's free. Taking our total spending up from 0 to 0.
Sure, he will probably be a decent squad player, but in case anyone didn't catch it the first time, we are going into our second league match of the season, already under pressure because of an opening day defeat, with 1 fit centre back and £150 million in the bank.
Arsenal football club. One Centre-back. Good planning guys.
Adonis Stevenson, AFC
Some Pre-Weekend Spurs Thoughts
Firstly, the idea of our Europa League efforts being detrimental to our league form. Au contraire, I actually believe a run in the EL will be beneficial. Last year, we had an excellent first XI but our reserve players were found wanting. We played mostly the same players on Thursdays and Sundays, and it obviously told. However, this year is massively different because of the quality of our entire squad. We have genuine competition for every position, and almost every player who comes in can be regarded as the equal of the one he replaces. I actually think we'll need as many extra cup games as possible to keep our squad sharp and happy so look forward to cup runs.
Secondly Willian. Evidently Chelsea didn't want him until they realised we were on the verge of signing him, which means one of three things. They plan on shifting Mata, Jose is planning on a revolutionary 1-1-7-1 formation, or they didn't like the idea of us getting such a good player (I trust AVB's judgement on this one) and are trying to thwart our progress as a club - I'm going with the latter. I'd love to see him and think he's a better fit for Spurs - virtually guaranteed to start every week, big fish, goos relationship with the manager- but, if he does end up in West London, there's always Lamela. I'm not sure how happy De Bruyne or Schurrle would be though.
Lastly, not to get carried away by destroying a Georgian team, Soldado looks so dangerous in the penalty box. With wide players capable of crossing the ball (and Lennon), he'll bang in a fair few this season. I can't tell you how nice it is to have a real number 9 again.
Alex G, THFC
No Fears About Spurs In Europa
Whilst I agree with Big Pete's comments about Spurs and last season's Europa League and the effect it had on our CL pursuit, my guess at this early stage of the season is all about getting the team to gel and looking at how we can play in Bale's absence.
Plus at this stage it's not necessarily a bad idea to get Soldado's confidence up by banging in a few goals.
How we line up in the latter stages will be interesting especially with our lack of centre halves but I have faith in AVB.
Jim Barnett, THFC (can I pre-register the headline Cap-oot if Capoue ever gets sent off?)
...I think Big Pete's got the wrong end of the stick about football, when he says that Spurs will damage our season by taking the Europa League seriously.
Football is about trying to win everything you enter into. Spurs may have just come up short in the league and Europa League last year but at least we gave them a go. Football is about glory and having a proper go and trying but coming up short is a bazillion times better than not trying at all.
Plus, what happens if we do get into the Champions League next year? Is Big Pete then suggesting that we shouldn't take that seriously as it might jeopardise our chances to get back into it the year after? Of course not, so the way to get used to playing seriously across a number of competitions is to start doing that as early as possible.
We need to try and win the Europa league AND try and qualify for the Champions League or we'll simply not be ready next year if we do qualify.
Matt L, Spurs, London
Defending The Europa
Big Pete (THFC) in Phuket says he is distraught that once again Spurs are taking the Europa League seriously. I struggle to understand why people in England undervalue the Europa League so much, then cry when everything in football revolves around money. The only reason the Europa League is looked down on is because the prize money is less. It is still a continental tournament. Yes, a lot of smaller teams are involved, but if you take it seriously you get to the business end and play teams like Lyon, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Ajax/PSV/Feyenoord and one of the Milans etc. These are big teams, not at their best but still big teams.
This helps your players and your manager get experience not only of travelling and playing away in different cultures, stadiums and circumstances but most importantly, it helps your team to learn to cope with taking two tournaments seriously at the same time! It helps your manager to get a good handle on how much rotation is required to keep up performances but not play your players into the ground. What is the point of qualifying for the Champions League if your team cannot compete on two fronts? The next season you have to choose, either keep qualifying but get nowhere, or make a go of it and miss out on qualification for the next season (Spurs know about that one).
My point is you have to take the Europa League seriously, so that you know at what level your squad needs to be to not only qualify for the Champions League, but to ensure you keep qualifying and are competitive in it. At least that is big club mentality, believing that we should try win all the tournaments we are in rather than just focusing on one. AVB is 100% right, take it seriously and try to qualify for the Champions League, that is the only way Spurs will be taken seriously as a big team.
Brandon (LFC) JHB
An Idea For Newcastle
An hour before Newcastle play West Ham at St James', why doesn't JFK make a bid for all of West Ham's first team? That way none of them will be able to play as their "heads won't be in the right place", and Newcastle can go on to demolish the West Ham reserves. (Although the Toon would probably lose/nick a draw).
John 'For sweet twitter lols check out @NUFCmemes' Liddell
Spanish Version Of F365?
Shevchenko gets mentioned twice in this morning's mailbox. I wonder is there a Spanish version of the football365 mailbox where Michael Owen is their version of Shevchenko...brought to a club that the manager didn't want or was surplus to requirements (Real had Raul, Ronaldo, Zidane and Figo) and their career turned from being quite good, to just never reaching those heights again.