This will be a short posting to interrupt Salut! Sunderland‘s cruise through the ocean of entertaining material to be found in the 17 editions that the lads at It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand managed to publish before going the way of the Daily Sketch, Daily Herald, Reynolds News, Sunday Correspondent and Today, not to mention the Darlington Evening Despatch.
I have no intention of breaking my own rule of staying aloof, except in special circumstances (eg Jordan Henderson), of transfer speculation affecting SAFC. I am as curious as any supporter about the latest names in the frame, or reported developments in this or that bid. But I also take every single story, wherever it appears in print, on radio and TV or online, with a big enough pinch of salt to have government health busybodies carting me off for treatment.
The signings so far, Keiren Westwood and Seb Larsson, seem good ones. But I do have one small request: is it possible that the next credible (namely official) announcement, or the one after that, can bring news of a player being bought who is not “one for the future”, not from the Championship or below and not from a relegated side? A really big name or two would do wonders for the morale.
And if anyone feels like sharing their thoughts on this, don’t worry about my ban on reporting rumours unless there is a very strong reason for doing so. It does not apply to readers, who are entitled and even welcome to post comments on the identities of players they’d either love to see Steve Bruce add to the squad or refuse to touch with a bargepole the length of Peter Crouch.