I'll bet the "insightful player" was Pepe.
Not necessarily Pepe, but I agree it sounded like a foreign lad who would come up with the 'family' mantra, as is hammered home in places like Spain. Certainly think it was Pepe or Nando, both of which came through in teams that were big on togetherness.
Still a bit concerned for this season as Mr Henry seems reluctant to address the managerial situation and is not looking to invest in the first team this January. We may well see a couple of big prospect youngsters being snapped up for the youths and reserve team, but it sounds highly unlikely to impact the first team.
This is a worrying prospect because the likes of Nando are not cup-tied for Champs League football this season and we could well lose players in January to teams in the latter stages of that competition if the players don't get on with our 'system' of play.
I admire and agree with Mr Henry's philosophy, it's common sense and it's based on facts and stats, not on the heart. Some tough decisions will have to be made but we as fans will have to accept this because FSV aren't going to mess about, they're intending on winning everything they can and they will have no compunction in removing a fan favourite if that player stands in the way of progress. As supporters we have to accept these decisions and trust in the long-term vision.
But in the meantime, it could get really, really desperate and Mr Henry sounds like he has no expectations for this coming season, not once did he mention CL qualification or winning a trophy, it all seems very much geared towards waiting until the Summer and then blitzing the club from top to bottom.
But the big, big, big issue is the manager who is someone that FSV surely cannot see as a long-term solution, and if that's the case then he should have no say on player movement in the transfer windows. But, conversely, if he feels undermined then he's not going to be too bothered about doing the rest of his job, because it seems that half the fun of being a manager is looking at new players to implement your ideas. And this is the problem, we've got an owner with long-term ideas, players with medium term ideas, and a manager with short term ideas. How on earth are they supposed to see eye-to-eye on things right now?
And one last thing.
Mr Henry went down to the Academy and mentioned Borrell and Segura as important long-term fixtures at the club.
But no mention of Kenny. It's really quite hard to figure out what Kenny's role is because I assumed it was youth development, but it seems really quite an odd situation for Mr Henry to remember to mention Segura but not Kenny when discussing youth development.
I hope Kenny's role is to complement Comolli's work, and to turn up on the door of key youth targets and impress the fuck out of their fathers into signing for us.