Player in Training.
Yeah that’s the crux of it. We don’t really know what the chat was between Levy and Poch with regards to how much was available last Summer. Levy clearly has previous for being tight, so that’s an obvious starting point, it must be the tight cunts fault but then there were those sound bites from Poch, that he didn’t wanna buy players for the sake of it and that he was happy with the squad he had. I think Poch had an idea of who he wanted but from what I can remember they were unattainable, so without an alternative plan then sometimes it’s best to stick and did anyone genuinely think we were gonna splash out £50-100 mill?I think he had no other option but to say that, this summer will be the acid test or the Poch/Levy relationship. if it sours I think we have Poch for only 1 more season definitely. But honestly who the fuck knows what goes on behind the scenes.
So if you look at the squad at the start of the season...
We were well covered at Gk, the full backs looked good as well, as did the back line in general. In CM/DM you had Dembele, Dier, Vic, Winksy, Sissoko (at the time, it was well I hope we don’t need him and if we did, it would’ve been as a last resort, what a bunch of cunts we were made to look),so that looked relatively healthy as well, although I think we all were concerned about that area, with Dembele and Vic’s physical well-being and Dier’s poor form, I know I was. Up front we looked great, Eriksen, Dele, Sonny, Erik and Lucas with Harry leading the line. At the start of the season, it was really only the CM/DM and Striker area where we could’ve strengthened squad wise.
I guess my point is, as a manager you look at that squad, a squad which has gone 3rd, 2nd & 3rd in consecutive seasons and you think, yeah we’ll be fine, if the players I want are unattainable, then what’s the point of splashing the cash on players I don’t really want. Now I don’t remember us really being linked with anyone other than Grealish, so maybe/probably Poch’s hands were tied but I seem to remember reading an article from Alastair Gold, who said there was money there but not the kind of money that would’ve improved our first XI, so what if there was money to improve the squad, who’s fault is that?
The squad did look fine, the chavs, Arse and Utd barely improved theirs, so maybe it was deemed prudent to see out this season with a young squad that had been pretty successful over the last 3 years and then go guns out this Summer. It’s just that it’s hard to factor in the injuries we’ve had and the lengths they’ve been out. I also think there are players that have struggled for consistency this season, which again you can’t necessarily factor in.
So maybe it is Levy’s fault, or maybe it’s a combination of many things and not just his.