NUFC:DXB When you see a big gash, it can disturb you as a player
By @geordiedentist
Thursday 14 Feb 2013 11:09:00
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When you see a big gash, it can disturb you as a player

The ever world weary part of me that has witnessed what has happened at NUFC since the transfer window "slammed shut" (as Jim White no doubt screamed into your auditory systems) wants to say 2 steps forward and one back.  But in all honesty I can't say that I would have expected not just the number but also the quality of the signings we have made.  And it is fair play to the so called "bid team" to "get them over the line" in the way that they did.

In all honesty I couldn't give a monkeys (as Mark Clattenberg allegedly said) where the hell the players are from. All I want to see is people ready to give 100% for the club, lay their bodies on the line and put some pride in the shirt we feel so proud to support.  They can have as many cliques as they like, just do it on here pitch and so far it's a good way to start.  And anyway how can a French clique be a clique when it's almost all of the squad!?

 The signing of Sissoko was for me the most exciting.  He was, only 18 months ago, the red hot property of French football with bids of €15million plus being reportedly rejected.  So to pick him up for such a fee, taking advantage of his contractural situation, is a real coup. He has added the drive and physicality to our midfield that I think we were lacking and, lined up alongside Cabaye and Tiote (provided his head is switched ON), is the perfect compliment to their skills and abilities. He's made an impact already, looked sensational on debut at Villa and was the key to the fantastic comeback win against Chelsea. Against Spurs he was equally as good but couldn't quite drag us back after we fell foul of the current media darling and prognathic laverbread eater Gareth Bale.  Who I still insist isn't really THAT good to mention in the same breath as Messi and yet again we've been mesmerised by a player hyped up so it becomes the self fulfilling prophecy.  The game turned on 2 moments; Gouffran's big gash (accidental my arse - didn't Spurs get away with blue murder) and the introduction of Adebayor who freed up another tormentor of ours, Dempsey, which in turn created more space for Bale.  He needs it with that chin mind you.

You may have noticed a silly amount of quotes in this missive. As ever when one out and talk to the media the ability to be quoted, mis quoted and have those words thrown back at you years later, especially, now in the era of google, means you have to be almost very vanilla when it comes to making any sort of comment. As Alan Pardew has found recently seeing quotes from 2007 chucked at him referring to the foreign influx of players to the top division.  This is, I would imagine,  also part of the reason why Derek Llambias hasn't always been quick to be quoted.  So it was good to see him come out and talk in the press recently. He's not everyone's cup of tea.  I'm sure he knows this and I doubt he cares, and indeed why should he?  But it is important that he is seen to be willing to communicate and that is a good thing.  Building bridges back to the fans is such an important part of regaining trust and it is also important that we as fans recognise that this is a 2 way process; we should be the clubs most trusted and most critical friend.  NUFC have gained trust with the media, or certain parts of it at least and it's time they did the same with the lifeblood of the club.

And while I'm on about the media did you manage to notice the small pieces dotted about websites and nestled at the foot of pages about the recent arrest of Jermain Defoe? What do you mean "what arrest?". Compare and contrast with the coverage of Cheik Tiote's recent motoring misdemeanour.  To paraphrase Mario Balotelli "Why always us?".

See you next week for more views from the desert.  Follow my twitter rambles @geordiedentist

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