Having already touched upon how sweet European qualification would be in terms of rubbing pundits noses in their own orally produce faecal matter, I now find myself thinking about the number of major benefits it would have and how they affect our club.
The extra finances of course would play a major part in the further development of the club, whether this would be used for repayment of debts, players recruitment, or improving facilities is anyones guess but all would be worthwhile benefactors from a financial increase.
Something that would be a big plus point with the supporters especially, would be the ability to keep hold of our top players. It’s a worry for us all to hear the names of our top players being linked with moves away. Like me, I’m sure we all want to see our players performing well, and this season not many have let us down in fairness, but I always get to the stage where I begin to think, “he’s playing a bit too well now!”
El Capitano Coloccini, Yohan Cabaye and the Harry Redknapp “bro-mance” with Demba Ba were all subject to much transfer speculation during January and no doubt it will raise its ugly head (no offence Harry) again in the summer. Ok nothing become of the constant speculation but the number of players who seek moves citing European football as the reason is there for us all to see. Top players want to play in Europe and we have a far better chance of keeping our star players if we can offer them the chance to play in one of the European competitions.
If playing in Europe will help us keep our current top players then of course it stands to reason that it will also increase our chances of attracting a better class of player to sign on the dotted line and play in the famous black and white stripes. Although I am sure the recruitment policy will stay the same with regards to signing younger players with resale value, maybe we would stand a chance of signing some of the better young players available with the ability to push us onwards and upwards.
The extra matches would also be of great benefit to the current promising youngsters and fringe players, they would surely get a good run out in some of these matches, bringing a good level of first team match experience and keeping players happy as they will be involved in first team affairs which is obviously what ambitious young players want, we could one day have some strength in depth if we can keep a large but happy squad. Who knows?
And finally let’s just face it, European football is a great adventure, the chance to go and watch us play abroad for those who can afford it, or maybe the chance for our international supporters to get to a match within their country of residence. And for those who don’t have the financial clout, the chance to watch us on TV a bit more than usual, happy days!
I miss us playing in Europe and want the Euro nights to return. Not counting my chickens here, but dreaming of better days. Tonight I will probably have a nightmare where we qualify for Europe, make no signings and our wafer thin squad gets stretched beyond its limits, but we all know Mike Ashley won’t allow that, not when he can advertise SportDirect.com across the continent.