In just under two weeks time Euro 2012 will begin, so on the plus side we’ll have some football to watch!
However, being English that is about the only plus side I can think of. I’m already braced for another disappointing performance from this supposed “golden generation” of England players. Golden generation, really?
The fortune of my country over the summer isn’t the main thing that is worrying me though to be honest, and instead I’m reverting to my Newcastle first mantra. We’ll be represented at the European Championships by a number of players, and that is something that is worrying me no end if truth be told.
As it stands Yohan Cabaye is more than likely going to be playing for France in the tournament, and he could be supplemented by Hatem Ben Arfa should he make Laurent Blanc’s final cut next week. Then we have Tim Krul, who started in goal for Holland last night, who will probably make the squad, if not as first choice goalkeeper.
The real worry for me is that our players go to the tournament and play a key part in their country having a great tournament. If that happens you can bet your bottom dollar that people will be watching and, as we see after pretty much every tournament, teams will offer silly money for next hot property!
Unfortunately the “silly money” part of that matches up with our policy of selling players if the money is right. I know that every player has a price and that essentially we are being run as a business, and I even get that we will replace any players that do attract silly money bids, but it still won’t make it any easier.
One of the reasons why the season just gone was a remarkable success was because we were unfancied. We were going to drop with our unknown Frenchmen and cheap buys that would take ages to settle into the Premier League. Now they aren’t so unfancied, and a good showing at the biggest tournament of the summer will only enhance their reputation further.
Is anyone else worried?