Saturday, 17 August 2013, the lines will be drawn, new boots will adorn the astroturf of the English countryside. That's right good folks, the English Premier League literally kicks off, to the detriment of football fanatic's partners everywhere. What makes it worse (but good for us) is that this is going to probably be the most interesting one since who knows when. The retiring of the figurative owner, we all know who, of the Football Association, some real fascinating business in the transfer market (some still to come) and the changing of the old guard at some of the dominating teams in English football.
Let's discuss some pivotal points for this season. Transfers of a player or manager can be indicative of a number of things, a desire to to change a team tactically, a player's need to broaden his horizons or a mere position of greed. Tactically, the first move for a new incoming manager is to take stock of the players in the current flock and decide who fits the strategy and style that he intends to employ during his reign (in Roberto Mancini's case, a reign of tyranny). He will then start cleaning house against his criteria. Manuel Pellegrini's first order of business when joining Manchester City was to replace that grape, Carlos Tevez. I call him a grape because he has the tendency to let out a little "whine" at whichever club he is at. For example, now that he has joined Juventus, he's said that the "pressure was too much" at the Citizens. What do you expect Tevez, you are meant to be title contenders. For all his qualities as a player, he will most likely be remembered for his lack of qualities as a human being. Nevertheless, what a replacement the "noisey neighbours" have acquired in £20 million Alvaro Negredo. This guy scored 25 goals in the La Liga last season, finishing behind Messi, Ronaldo and Falcao and was obviously the highest scoring Spaniard in that league. What a bargain even for ,arguably, the richest club in the world. The 3 strikers before him are all rated above £50 million, with Falcao just completing his roundabout £55 million deal with PSG. The classic number 9, he holds up the ball, brings others into play and bullies defenders to death, earning him the name The Beast of Vallecas. This is the signing to watch for this season, the biggest coup regarding transfers. But a little birdy has told me that Stevan Jovetic might be on his may to the Etihad, to provide the assists alongside David Silva.
Rooney, Rooney, Rooney, just go already. Moyes has said that you are only back up for Robin van "Purses". Mourinho says you are his only target this window and Wenger is willing to pay anything for you (quite surprising since you are over the age of 12). What a fall from grace, being THE target man to becoming a targeted man. I say go to Arsenal to stick it to the Old Trafford for acquiring Van Persie to replace you. "Rooneh" will have to be quick, as he might have competition in Higuain and Suarez. While on the subject of Suarez, why oh why, is he doing this to my beloved Liverpool, we stuck by him in his darkest hour and now we see ourselves ripping the proverbial knife out our collective backs. He had the gauche to imply in his home country's media that he wants to leave England because of the scrutiny he received after the Evra incident and then munching into Ivanovic, fair enough, but then why say you will consider an offer from Arsenal. I, for one, don't care as Brendan Rodgers has done some good business since the preceding transfer window, Sturridge, Coutinho, Aspas, Alberto, Toure with up and comers like Yesil, Sterling (who has already shown his worth) and Ibe. Players built in the mold of the of the attractive passing "philosophy" he is instilling in the club, from grass roots to the senior team. There might be more to come with talks being conducted with Galatasaray's striker Burak Yilmaz, who was the highest scorer in the Champions League last season. There's also speculation of Christian Eriksen joining from Ajax.
Yes people, the time has certainly arrived. The banter, the insults, the jokes and seriousness of it all has me salivating. Football (or soccer to you amateurs) is an evolving creature and I cannot wait for what it offers up this season. In the words of Bill Shankly, "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."