After the drama of the Carling Cup, the rest of 2012 was kind of a let-down. Not in results, but in pure entertainment. Sure, we were locked in a battle for first place with Coventry, but even by December, third place was so far behind that promotion seemed like a pretty sure thing. I was looking forward to tussling with Coventry, but there were some other issues to deal with first.
We had a patch of spotty results around this time, not enough to unsettle us from second place, but enough that I entertained some other formation options. Our trusty 4-3-3 needed some tweaking — I played one game at 4-5-1, then another at the old 4-2-3-1, but nothing was really clicking. In the end I went back to 4-3-3, but adjusted some roles to make it even more attacking. Soumah pushed ahead from the CAM position, so that in effect we had 4 forwards. This left us somewhat susceptible to counter-attacks, but fuck it. I don’t mind winning 3-1.
Wide play has always been a thorn in the side of this team. I’ve tried converting some center-forwards to the wings with mixed success (Alvarez does well there, for instance), and over the summer I signed Joufreau (who’s been decent, I guess), but I needed more help. Enter Alfie Potter.
This little dude can fly down the wings. He’s not a great crosser of the ball, and his size/strength might be an issue as time goes on, but for now he’s just what we needed. Plus just look at that little guy. This guy will sell some shirts.
One of the CFs I tried playing on the wings was the restless Brazilian, Adi. When I signed him, the papers said he was ‘rated decently, but may take time to adjust to the English game.’ Well, he never adjusted. In fact, he was a constant pain in my ass. So in January, I sold him and spent the money on a similarly-rated-but-hopefully-better-suited player, the South Korean Kang Soo-Il.
On Wikipedia, I learned that:
His childhood nicknamed made by his peers was “Maicol (마이콜)”, taken from a popular 90s Korean cartoon, “Dooly the Little Dinosaur (아기공룡 둘리).”
Alright then. Maicoi it is.
I also signed another (5th? 6th? 12th?) German defender, Toni Leistner. Seemingly comfortable at all backline positions, Toni slots in naturally and is rated amongst my best defenders. An easy signing.
So coupled with my summer activity, the other owners must be seeing me as a kind of Steinbrenner of League 1 (For those playing along at home, that’s 10 new signings this year). Some fans are complaining that the team isn’t English enough anymore either, but to them I say ‘Fuck off — I promoted this team from mid-League 2 and we’re going to get promoted again and it’s not because of your dumb English players, xenophobic small-minded scum.’ But of course I won’t say that. I’m going to keep my head down, do what I think is best for the team, and come gunning for Coventry with everything we have.