I’m not sure I’m ready for the first home League game. I haven’t quite recovered from last season and feel rather alienated by the way pre-season talk has been mainly about money for transfer fees. Football is all about money these days. In the Premier League, there are “pounds spent, billions dispersed, sacks of cash hurled to the winds.” Transfer fees in the Championship are following a similar trend and clubs are putting up the selling prices in order to get the money to buy the players they want. As Harry Redknapp said, “Everybody we go for is big money so if Ryan wants to take the opportunity to go to Middlesbrough then we have got to get the right money.”
Seeing the hattrick by Che Adams and our two other goals on Tuesday evening helped, even though they were scored against a League 2 team. Adams started in non-League, moved to Sheffield United in 2014 and to Blues a year ago. He is a young player who has developed while playing for us and, for me, that makes it easier to regard him as one of our own.
Once the game starts, everyone in a Blues shirt is going to feel like one of our own and I hope they play like that too. I can cope with players who don’t play the most skilful football and don’t win every game but I want them to look like they are trying to win.