Football FanCast guest columnist Lee Thomas isn't bowled over by these Kyle deals, but sees it as a start.
If reports prove correct and Spurs have secured the services of both Kyle Walker and Naughton, then I have to confess that I am hardly bowled over, but at least it's a start I suppose.
I know there is a feeling that we don't need a massive overhaul of players and only two or three additions are needed, but I think we are underestimating the flaws in our squad and how far we are from actually being a force in this League. I accept that it won't happen overnight, but I half expected that Harry would have been far more active to date in ensuring that players were brought in earlier so he can get the squad in place. The signing of the Sheff Utd duo are merely ones for the future and certainly won't have any real impact on the starting XI next season.
In many ways I shouldn't be surprised as good preparation has never been our forte. I would have hoped that with a Sporting Director out of the way that Harry would have been given license to wheel and deal and shape the squad accordingly. Surely it is far better to go into a new season with new signings already settled and it makes life easier all round. Pavlyuchenko is a prime example of a player who needed time to adapt to his new surroundings as English football is far different to what he experienced in Russia. Instead he was thrown in at the deep end, where not only did his form suffer, but his reputation among supporters, where many wouldn't care less if he was to be moved on this summer. It is a bad way to operate and certainly counterproductive. Let's hope these Kyle deals will be the kick start of many more in the next weeks, so Harry is given every chance at the start of the season.
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