I am at least pleased that the transfer window now is closed and both me and Zola could concentrate on more important things than a never-ending speculation about players we think can solve all the problems in the world, including a Premier League-title and the swine flu.
But even if we did not get any goal-machines in the last dying seconds and even if we sold one of my favorite players (talking Collins) and one that might be a star in a couple of years, I can't say we look worse than last year.
We've brought in Jimenez and Daprela, Nouble and Da Costa, Kovac, Ilunga and Diamanti. Soon we'll have Behrami back and a "new" striker in Dixon. Hines may be a good prospect too. And Stanislas seems to progress every week. Faubert is a "new" player and Collison will develop too. Cole is now first class. So even if I look at the downside, in which I count Ashton - I doubt very much he'll ever play again - and the non-signing star we couldn't get grip on, as well as our "doubtful" economy I'm in a confident mood.
I will not ask for Dux head on a plate.
They put all their eggs (well, not so many...) in one basket and did not succed. They had a few hours left when they knew that Collins was sold and they had the money. The player they wanteds said no in the end. Not the club. And they did not bring in a new Camara or Di Michele as our plan B. I appreciate that and I guess they see the potential in Nouble, Dixon and Hines - three very young players who probably can make the cut and help Cole and Diamanti (as well as Dyer and Jimenez) with some minutes this season.
I may be low, but I do not see this transfer window as the utter purgatory for either Dux or West Ham. We do progress, but a bit slow....
And: I ain't misbehavin...