L6 Red - I was expecting a long ass brilliant article when I read the title but then two lines. I am dissapoint :p
I think people are focusing too much on the first line and not enough on the second. It's about the club and how we manage and develop our players.
With the same squad bar Suarez (and I'm not trying to underestimate his impact) and Carroll, we were fighting relegation at some point. Surely we could have done better with the right manager.
Sure Torres was an exciting signing but there were no guarentees he would turn into the high profil player he is today. He had a whole system built around him to bring the best out his abilities. Reina with his fantastic abilities and potential, found an excellent goalkeeper coach in Valero and some argued that his form dipped since he left. Of course I'm not saying these players would have flopped elsewhere they are too good for that but one cannot underestimate the role of our club in developing them. I'm not also saying that we will turn Adam and Downing into superstars but no matter how underwhelming they are for some, their signing make sense and they will bring something to the team we already have and we can make things easy for them surrounding them with the quality and resources we have. Then there is the Henderson signing which highlights where our concerns and priorities lie - the long term. And as L6 Red put it better
What we do now is build our squad for the league and ensure we get 4th. Once we have that, the market becomes much, much more open for us.
It's like people think that Martinez, Isco, Iker are realistic possibilities, they're not, their clubs would demand enourmous fees and we can't attract them in terms of wages or European football.
Plus we still have no idea about our transfer plans as a whole, we might afford to have both Downing and Mata. But with or without Mata, it doesn't Mata I think we'll be fine. I'll start panicking when this Wayne Bridge link become genuine
I think patience and expectations of grandeur are going to be a bitch of a test for some, good luck with that.
Ja Mata ne!
Sorry for the cheesy puns overload couldn't help myself.