A structured future...
No 'wholesale changes' - both in and out, no 'panic buys' or 'hurried sales', this sounds good, right?
Well, when talking to The News today, Peter Storrie has promised that this is what will happen with Pompey in the future...
Looking back is not something that I want to do, thinking about this player and that player that we 'used' to have is not going to make them return is it - although, as we have said many a time a number of these 'stars' were not committed enough anyway, not all mind - you think about what you have in place now, and as long as Storrie and co keep their word, and as Colin Farmery points out on pompey-fans the board members stop the 'sniping' at each, I will be happy. Also, if potentially future 'fire-sales' are again avoided as it is said they will, again I will be happy!
I maintain my thoughts that this current squad is a decent one, but also concede that it needs a little tweaking in certain areas - beefing up some of these positions with players of a slightly higher quality and ability, and in the case of a striker a much more potent goal threat, is needed but we also need to ensure that they are of the same mindset of others that we have, that they are 'team players' and fully committed.
Spending copious amounts of money to do this, drastically smashing an apparently newly found wage structure is not the way to go and according to further words from Storrie a 'structured future' is what Ali Al Faraj wants, and that is exactly what we need - we had no structure to what went on before did we, and without this you can only go on for so long, as we found.
The talk is of around 4 players arriving in January, depending on how the injury situation holds up - and how the situation with the Zimbabwean we continue to chase pans out - I would think that a left back would be fairly high on this list, as would this goalscoring striker I mention. Another central midfielder in a more attacking and/or creative vein might not go amiss and another central defender 'might' be something we look at.
All in all though the noises that are being made - again, like Colin pointed out or pointed to, if they are not backstabbing, looking to shift the blame or make someone look bigger and better than someone else - seem to be sensible noises, and noises from a club with people in it that 'have a plan' and intend to stick to this plan to bring us a brighter future.
So, lets just hope this is what happens... I know that a lot more eyes will be far more firmly fixed on people now, who will have to deliver what is 'promised' to ensure we are not entering into yet another false dawn, as I sincerely hope we are not, but you cannot help but be a little sceptical, or even cynical. But here is that line again, hopefully, it is now onwards and upwards!
PLAY UP POMPEY!