On this chilly, miserable November Monday morning, I thought I’d cast my eye back on the events of a week without EFL Championship fixtures to pontificate about in a kind of That Was The Week That Was [TW3] style – and it’s not all doom and gloom by any manner of means.
We saw the departure of the FA’s Greg Clarke for making some of the most ignorant comments I can recall. Now if that isn’t a positive, nothing is and while the FA still has got a lot of improvement to put in place this was a pretty good start.
Our very own Mayor of Norwich, Kenny McLean, scored the vital penalty [okay our ex David Marshall followed up with the crucial save] to see Scotland through to their first major finals since 1998. Many said the MD 20/20 will be out for a while and MFW’s Mick Dennis tweeted that Kenny will probably be pi$$ed at least until our game with Boro. Who’s on NCFC penalty duty now, I wonder?
It would seem that, in his own words anyway, our combative midfielder you’ll all probably have forgotten about [Louis Thompson currently on loan together with Carlton Morris at Cafu’s MK Dons] seems to have shaken off his injury problems at long, long last.
To come back down to earth a bit there have been a few less cheery things to observe as there always are in the grand scheme of footballing things of course.
We are surely all concerned that our extensive [for an EFL Club anyway] international contingent all return to Colney safe and sound. It’s natural we feel that way but to me the whole situation is exacerbated because many of these matches are meaningless friendlies, and in these Covid-riddled times I simply do not understand the need for them and I know from comments on MFW and elsewhere that I am certainly not alone in that.
On the Covid subject, if it can happen to Mo Salah it can happen to absolutely anyone. He goes to his brother’s wedding, contracts the virus and obviously is ruled out of Liverpool’s next match against Leicester. Somewhat shamefully I feel forced to admit he is my favourite PL striker and I wish him all the best for a safe and easy recovery – even though he was pictured with a mask under his chin.
Closer to home regarding Covid, a very close family member is an NHS manager and tells me off the record that we will collectively be butthole lucky to be back at the Carra in August 2021. While she admits everything fluctuates from day to day, let alone week to week, her best guess is January 2022 at the earliest. Hopefully, that will not be the case, but her prognosis is not good.
Leigh Griffiths’ social media response to Kyle Lafferty the other day. I’m a massive Celtic fan but…
We’re still in the top three with everything to play for over the next 35 [yes, 35] games and a little hunch of mine tells me that Grant Hanley, Lukas Rupp, Todd Cantwell, Ben Gibson and hopefully even Xavi Quintilla might all be back for Boro and/or Stoke. Both tough games in every sense but we should be well capable of getting a result at both places A couple of draws wouldn’t be a disaster.
And Daniel Farke has come out and said he wants seven subs to be used once more. Whatever his actual motivation that statement smacks of his confidence in the squad.
No-one knows how this season will pan out in any respect but if we could keep up our momentum and lose only one player in January – we doubtless will, Delia will insist – it could prove very interesting indeed.