Another week trundles by, and no new players have come into the squad - and the man with possibly the most unimaginative chant* has left the club for Lazio. David Rozehnal was another of those players who flattered to deceive. Good on the ball, but he had no idea of the pace of the Premiership and he'll do well at Lazio. So, that's Ramage, Emre (maybe) and Rozehnal gone, Barton banged up and rumours about Milner and Duff on their way..
The squad is shrinking by the day - I can only hope that after the Euro's have finished there is going to be an influx... But I won't be holding my breath.
My wish list? Left back, centre half, creative midfielder and a centre forward... How about Philipp Lahm, Richard Dunne, Jimmy Bullard and Dean Ashton (I've thought for years that he is the natural successor to Shearer). Will any of these come true? Very unlikely. The latest rumours (which I don't believe) are around Oliver Kapo from Birmingham City, Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barca, and Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg. Don't'exactly set the pluse racing do they? Anyway, Kapo will follow Steve Bruce to Wigan; Gudjohnsen will end up at Portsmouth with all the other journeymen and if Arshavin was any good he'd be on his way to Chelski.
Still, the fixture lists are out tomorrow. So that will give me some planning to do... I wonder if it will be Bolton or Wigan on Boxing Day? Cos that's what always seems to happen...
* Rozenhal's chant? "His tall, he's Czech, he'll break your **** neck - Rozehnal" The only accuracy in that statement was his nationality