Djite did something I did not expect, he proved me wrong, he showed he could be a better player than I thought he could be for the club. I was wrong.I actually think ante has done a very good job since arriving.Basically since Petrillo left we have been a one way door in the transfer market. Michael was there for a long time, had the trust of the board and the nouse to get the signings across the line. It seems that his replacement hasn't had the same success and will now miss the boat on quality Australian signings.
I still think we will sign a quality foreigner who has to be a goal scoring striker. We then need to top up with a couple of solid Australian players to complement what remains of the squad and continue to develop the young SA boys who over the course of the season should grow and become a better team.
The likelyhood of us being at the top of the table again following the depletion of the squad is very low. What this should do is highlight how special last year was. What we achieved on the budget we work with is nothing short of incredible.
Now we start the journey again and look to build towards another unlikely shot at glory!
Its rather ironic that when petrillo was here there were always whispers that he was always amongst any drama at the club. When he leaves he is suddenly a saint.
Exactly the same with bruce, in 6 months he has gone from apparently being npl2 standard to suddenly a huge loss.
I wish people would make up their minds.
Everyone is looking for a scapegoat, someone to heap the blame on without actually having inside knowledge and facts to back things up. Its a natural reaction and i understand why people are angry but its also a sign of weakness.
So yes having proved me wrong it makes complete sense that I would change my view on him from being someone who should be replaced to being a big loss to the team. To do otherwise would be idiotic.
Still there are strikers out there, many of them, who can score lots of goals for us. The club needs to make sure we sign a Fornaroli rather than a Piovaccari. The trouble is Piovaccari's record was much better than Fornaroli's record so finding the right striker is not easy. The issue is not that Djite is irreplaceable, but that we might not find sign the right replacement
I don't think we can rule out Marino scoring quite a few goals for us this season, he has something about him that I like.