Well most of the talk in the press and on sites such as Twitter seems to be centred around on Jose Enrique and how close he is to leaving NUFC.
Surprised? I’m not as I’ve been prepared for it since about February so I’m already over it. His shocking displays in the final few months of the season where he really did look like shaving his testicles with a rusty blade would be a more pleasurable than playing in the black and white stripes was for him, along with his public tirade (however right he may be) on Twitter with the rather rapid deletion of his account soon afterwards have made it a lot easier for me to deal with.
My only issue is the timing of it all. It hasn’t happened yet so as we speak it’s still what is essentially called a rumour, but if it does happen it leaves us having to find a replacement with only a week and a bit to go until the start if the new Premier League season.
Make no bones about it – there is still a lot of work to do in the transfer market, which is odd considering the fact that I’d have been relatively happy a couple of weeks ago had the window slammed shut and we were left with what we had after the signings of Ba, Cabaye, Marveaux and Abeid. Funny old game.
Essentially I don’t think we really have to replace Joey Barton as a central midfielder as we already have about a dozen or so of them, but we do need to replace him as a right winger. The name of Barnetta has been mentioned which would be decent but I’ll wait and see.
There is no argument about Jose though. If he goes we need to replace him, in fact we need a left-back now even with Jose Enrique still mooching around the training ground! Once again, I’ll wait and see.
What concerns me is the amount of changes that are being made. All that was needed was a few signings on top of what we had. A striker maybe, a right winger and so on. The fact that we are now having to rebuild a large chunk of our first team is kind of alarming, but not as alarming as the fact that we don’t have an awful lot of time to do it before the season starts.
Of course we’ll hear of plans to replace and things like that, but I’m not overly confident that we’ll get the players in that we need so desperately assuming the likely happens and Jose and Joey both disappear into Toon history.
Anyone else worried?