Is There A Bright Side?By: Robert Reed | January 31st, 2013
Well I’d like to look on the bright side, but I can’t really find one.
Defoe is clearly patched up and neither fit nor in form, so our season is now largely going to be left in the hands of the ever unreliable Emmanuel Adebayor.
Defoe gets laid up or is just totally ineffective due to carrying an injury, Adebayor pulls a hamstring; a worst case but not unlikely scenario, and we could end up seventh. Liverpool have improved, Everton are right behind us and Arsenal will probably finish strongly.
We have got where we are so far on the back of some very good early season form from Defoe which has now completely evaporated and under the circumstances is unlikely to return in the next couple of months. Adebayor has been awful all season.
Am I being pessimistic? Yes. The disappointment of today has caused me to be so. We will probably rally and do well; Ade and Defoe will have their moments, but I cannot see us holding on to fourth place. The pessimist and the realist in me are in agreement on that.
Leandro Damiao (aren’t you sick of that name?) is apparently now lined up for a summer bid. Will he want to sign for a club in the Europa League at best? I doubt it, and another team will nip in and buy him making us look completely foolish.
We don’t know what happened with the deal; apparently they didn’t want to sell, but I can’t help thinking that a slight increase on our part would have made the difference. Failing that though, a loan signing would have done. Just a recognised centre forward as cover so we don’t have to end up using a midfielder up front.
I’ll get behind the team on Sunday, but at the moment I’m pretty depressed. Maybe it will all seem a lot better in the morning.
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