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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Guest Post: The things AVB has to do.

This season has been okay for us at the moment – we lost to Newcastle, away, we drew twice at home, got 4 victories (including our massive win against Manchester United at Old Trafford) and now we've been beaten by Wigan at home, currently standing in fourth place and with a + 5 goal difference. Yet still, some things have to be done and improved by both Levy and AVB to gain our football back, and I am here to present them to you.

First of all, Levy has to stop with the deadline day negotiations. We sold van der Vaart on it and presumably that would’ve been a good move… if we had bought Moutinho before. Because of how late our Chairman went to negotiate with Porto, the deal for the talented creative midfielder fell through. AVB, in the meanwhile, must urge Levy to start his talks with other clubs as soon as possible.

Talking about transfer deals, we need to complete our squad. The injuries of Benny, Kaboul, Parker, Dembélé and Adebayor really blew us, and we need to be ready to substitute them effectively in case of an injury or suspension. The way to complete our team is buying a striker, a creative midfielder
and a defender.

Why a striker? We cannot handle only two strikers, if one gets injured, we have to rely on another one that might be short of form. Why a creative midfielder? As we didn’t get Moutinho in, and Dembélé got injured,
we’ve had to rely on Sigurdsson and Dempsey, which have not shown much confidence for us, but that is another discussion. Why another defender? Gallas isn’t the same as he was. At the age of 35, it’s time for
him to retire. I don’t trust Dawson so much, and we always have injury concerns.

Another great reason our team isn’t performing the way we would like to is because of the support. Our stadium capacity is 36,500 supporters, of which many choose to boo the team, because of their hatred of AVB, or they think the team selection is not the right one - the selection of Friedel instead of Lloris or Defoe instead of Adebayor. But it doesn’t matter what the reasons are, the fact that they boo the
team at half-time instead of encouraging them is depressing. Hopefully, with the construction of our new ground, more supporters, who are really supporters, will come to the game, and we will regain the atmosphere we are used to having on a match day at the Lane.

I am thirteen years old, and these are my opinions: If AVB and Levy sort these topics out, we can be a massive club, and regain the football that was once called by many the “most beautiful football in England”,
whilst at the same time restoring the confidence of our supporters in our team. With a full squad, cheering supporters in a new ground and the end of deadline day negotiations, we will easily get to the Champions League, and maybe get some silverware for our trophy cabinet.

Raphael Harris - Follow Raphael on Twitter here