Look we all agree, and if we don't we're lying to ourselves, that our signings haven't taken us to the heights, and produced the results expected and hoped for.
The fact remains that we still are short an attacking midfielder, a creative wide player, and a striker of competing. The good news is last summer and last January we at the very least recognized this. We bought players in those positions and they haven't lived up to their expectations. You can't really debate that we haven't gotten what we needed from the acquisitions in those positions and that while we addressed certain areas of need the specific personnel may have been bad choices. I take this into serious consideration when evaluating this season and the status of the manager. This season we have played better football. At times we have been unlucky, but more often that that we have blatantly underperformed.
But for me the fact that last summer Kenny and DC actively addressed the areas of need means a lot going forward. It means to me, that the issue has been with the signings themselves and not with the plan or the way we want to build the team. Don't mistake this for justifying our signings because in large we have been left wanting. But tactically speaking you can see clearly what the plan was.
My point is, if we trust Kenny can see what the problems and crack are, and we all agree the football has been better, then he HAS to be given the opportunity to try one more time. Most of our signings last summer haven contribute but the sample size it too small to say that Kenny can't sign the right players.
We always talk about players and comment about how they are paid to get on with it, and how if we performed at our jobs the same way they perform at their jobs we'd be sacked or docked wags, but to an extent you can turn that around and say that at what job are you sacked at the first sign of failure. Not many , especially if it's clear that you have one main issue that definitely is addressable and correctable.
If this coming summer Kenny makes further poor signings , then his ability to judge talent is called into question, and his and Comolli's futures need to be reconsidered. But for me it's still to early
Kenny may have gone with the same transfer philosophy that has won him leagues in the past, and you can understand that thinking, but now comes the real question can he adapt, can he correct his mistakes in the transfer market, I'm not saying he will or even that he can, but he has to be given the chance.