By 1970’s Gooner
We see a team that is stuffed with young kids, who have tremendous potential and who on their day can outplay anyone including the eventual Premiership champions.
We see a squad that has been shorn of its experienced players in the last four years which have not been replaced by anyone near their quality level.
We see a squad that when a few injuries fall upon first team players young kids are asked to do a man’s job.
We see the young kids surrender leads in the last few minutes of injury time because they do not possess the cunningness to run the clock down.
Yet we see phenomenal football, football the way it should be played, football that even Brazil would be proud of.
And we wonder in amazement that a team, our team, can pass the ball so well, weave so many pretty patterns and score so many beautiful goals that each and every one of them is a candidate for Goal of the Month or even of the year.
And we try and overcome our instinctive reactions to one defeat after another, to another victory snatched in the dying embers of an epic match, to another draw that should have been an easy win.
To another year of what should have been, if only…
If only we had a few more experienced players who don’t have to do the pretty football and yes who are over the age of 22.
If only we could buy ready made footballers in positions we are really weak rather than trying to blood in the promising youngsters and wait for them to reach adulthood.
If only we had the time and luxury to risk losing our world class players again as they grow impatient and disillusioned when they see their exceptional talents and aspirations disappearing down the sands of time with nothing to show for it at the end of their short professional football lives.
If only we had the time to wait for all of those talented youngsters that proliferate the whole squad, from the first teamers, those hugging the bench to those getting ready to come out of puberty and join the first team squad, to grow up together so that at least one day we really could say that
WE WON THE LEAGUE….