After last week’s miserable performance against Everton, we go into the final game of the season against Reading on Sunday expecting a much improved performance and maybe a little entertainment along the way. Maybe the occasion got to the players last week, but they were simply woeful, apart from James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen who prevented the score getting into double figures. With the last game being at home, I’m sure that Big Sam will get the lads juiced up for this one, and a home win is confidently expected. I had expected Sam to change things around a bit last week with Diame having a rest and Noble and Joe Cole starting, but he stuck with the same team as the week before. I think that was a mistake and I feel that at times he needs to use his whole squad more to keep people fresh.
As we drift over the finishing line, most peoples’ thoughts are with the impending and unending transfer sagas that will fill the summer months. It is clear that the manager and chairmen need to resolve the Andy Carroll issue one way or the other as early as possible, and at the same time try to tie down Mo Diame too, as I feel both signings will be vital. After that it will be all hands to the pumps to try to strengthen the side from the very long list of potential signings in Sam’s little black book. One interesting development is a news item that West Ham are interested in AC Milan’s Massimo Ambrosini. The 35 year old midfielder is the type of player that Big Sam likes to buy, as was evident back in his Bolton days when the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Nicolas Anelka, Ivan Campo and Youri Djorkaeff graced the pitch. Whether it will come off remains to be seen, but you can guarantee that over the next few months we will be linked with just about every player under the sun. It’s going to be a very long summer!