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One more Saturday, positives and work

One more Saturday with no Premier League football, but after that, it all kicks off again and I for one am looking forward to it.

I'm not as desperately looking forward to it as I have done in previous years, but I am looking forward and I've got a feeling this is going to be an interesting season for quite possibly more than one or three reasons.

And if we are to believe what we are hearing and reading, there might not be any more players coming in and you should know I quite like that, but some are going to get a little frustrated and want more and that is okay, but I say let the manager prove himself first and actually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with what he has to work with.

A post with some news

So, just so it is officially documented here, Charles N'Zogbia signed. This wasn't a bombshell, so I didn't make anything of it when it happened and you'd have to be a fool to have not known this was going to happen a week or two ago - the writing was on the wall.

In other news, we lost to Chelsea in the final of the Asia Trophy. This wasn't really a surprise either - they had played more games than us, were much more up to speed and they are Chelsea.

They have quality players and a manager that appears to know how to get the best out of what he has. Our manager needs more time and the players do too - and not just for fitness.

There was positive news from the match though. Gary Gardner came on and looked good, as did Barry Bannan and while there was probably 30 long balls more than we would have liked to have seen - getting to see some of the younger players play does inspire.

It was also nice to see Stephen Ireland play like he wanted to play - he was looking for runners and he was composed. He also ran and ran.

So, we lost, but many positives to take from the match and no negatives, because there can not really be any negatives to take from a pre-season tournament.

And on that, I end the news roundup and my bit of opinion, because it is Monday and I'm back into the office today after a month away. Should be interesting.