Not so long ago, Doctor Evil was talking about bringing in an additional 8 players. Well that was pruned back today to a maximum of six and maybe even to five, with Sam saying, "It could be five or six more players [coming in] before the end of the transfer window."
Sam keeps wandering off script too. I'm not sure the Dildo Brothers will be happy with Sam's honesty when he says, "Thirteen professionals have already left West Ham to address the situation that we find ourselves in from a financial point of view." Ouch! There's surely a better way of expressing that!
So who are these players and where are they coming from exactly? Are we holding on, waiting to see which players will be surplus to requirements as clubs finalise their 25 man squads? If so, that is a dangerous strategy because you end up writing off the first month of the season with no guarantees that you will catch the fish you are after anyway.
Tell me, how do you build team spirit on that basis? And tell me, what's the point of pre season fixtures if half your team aren't even on the club's books yet?
Is Parker going or staying? Is Cole going to start the season in West Ham colours? What are we going to do with Taco Bell wonderkid Barerra? Can we expect Green to stay? Is Ilunga now regarded as a viable option for left back? Has Faubert kissed and made up with the club? These questions need answering but, of course, the OS pumps out PR about promising kids.
We are no longer favourites to win the division. Others are stealing a march on us because they are doing their business early. If we are scratching our heads wondering what is going on, how must players like Tomkins, Noble and Collison be feeling? One season in the N Power wouldn't be a disaster for their careers but if the Board are not going to press for promotion, they will want out like their big time charlie team mates. And meanwhile, why would players like D J Campbell join?