Boredom is the beginning of all destruction and everything that is negative**
Well, last week I had my fill of boredom, rumour, speculation and what might [and, more importantly, might not] happen during the current but yet to open transfer window. Every fansite, from Arsenal’s Daily Cannon to 100% Villa aka Vital Villa, were banging on about Emi Buendia and exactly why he would benefit their respective clubs.
Then it emerged that Getafe will benefit to the tune of 20% in a sell-on clause when our five feet seven of football heaven departs. Is that true? Quite possibly but that’s one for Stuart Webber to deal with, isn’t it?
We’ve all surely seen that magnificent pic of Emi training alongside Lionel Messi since his call-up to the Argentina squad and a couple of Norfolk wags captioned it with *Messi looks on in awe* and *spot the starstruck Messi*. Great fun and I must admit that enjoyed it too.
Plus there were a few who reckoned they could outguess Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni in proclaiming Emi will remain with the national squad after matches against Colombia and Chile to take part in the Copa America. I hope he does stay on with Argentina as I’m sure he’ll want to prove himself. If he hasn’t already.
Running in the background have been the constant pushings and shovings surrounding Max Aarons. We know this excellent baller will leave us this summer, but there seems to be a media-driven frenzy over his destination.
As I write – and this could change by the time this piece is posted – Everton have pulled out because they don’t value Max at £30million as a successor to Seamus Coleman, but Tottenham still want him for around Webber’s price, as do Man United and very probably Bayern as well. Roma are off the bid-list because Jose thought he was too short in stature for Spurs so surely won’t change his mind now. It’s his loss IMO.
And as Max is fond of his Luton homebase I reckon it’ll be Spurs for him, unless West Ham come in with an equal offer, in which case young Max will have a choice to make. I know which of the two I’d pick, but of course I’m not Max Aarons.
As for incomings, the rumours abound but I do not take a single one of them seriously. Not right now, anyway. Perhaps there’s a sliver of truth in Alex Mowatt from Barnsley if we’re already thinking of a trapdoor drop. I hope we’re more forward-thinking than that so as good a player as he is I think we should pass for now. Not required at this moment IMO.
Anybody who thinks we are likely to pay north of €15milion for anybody during this window will be disappointed I’m afraid and during the Euros business will be very difficult in any case.
If I were Stuart Webber right now I’d be concentrating on who we can permanently get out of the door. As in Josip Drmic, Timm Klose, Tom Trybull and particularly the reclusive Moritz Leitner, last seen jogging through the Black Forest sans football.
This juncture in football is boring for MFW readers and writers alike – no active matches, pure speculation and an absolute dearth of hard facts to get our collective teeth into.
I’m fed up with it and I’m sure all of you are as well, but we’ll have plenty to talk about soon.
Especially if we see an electronic scoreboard declaring *England 1, Scotland 2*. You never know.
**So was my opening quote from a modernist philosopher the work of:
A: Albert Camus, the goalkeeper/thinker
B: Arthur Rimbaud, who scared even his own friends with his deep, dark musings
C: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant who freaked during the recording of LZ IV when the sound engineer wasn’t available to play back the completed tracks for a couple of days?
No prizes cos you’ll all get the answer right anyway, but this is one of the eight things he wanted to hear:
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