So while writing this the only action we've seen this window is to sell a first teamer. From Poch we've had- "we're a bit behind" "we are calm we trust the squad" And now- "we need players to put pressure on Kane, Alli...." With 10 days until we kick off Away to Newcastle for what could be a pivotal season for us how have we improved? Pre season football is about getting fit but the way Man City tore us apart was alarming. Alarming from 2 perspectives firstly how leggy and disjointed we looked and secondly and more importantly how improved City looked. With altering sound bites coming from the club this window is becoming once again 1 in a long line of successive windows that smacks of a complete lack of organisation, identification, pursuit, execution...... dressed up as some sort of Master plan. Mitchell identified cheaper targets and was successful with it but mysteriously had to go. I wonder why ??? Poch on the other hand does not have a great success buy record and Levy over bearing the whole thing just doesn't fill me with hope or confidence. As time ticks by we're heading ever closer to the Bargain Hunt (Levy time as some like to call it) the played out routine from the 'master negotiator' Other clubs buy with the intention of improving/winning, with Levy in charge we buy with the intention of squeezing a few pennies here and there or to make money from in future. It's so anti success! If Barkley is the main target it's hardly a secret and as time ticks on its now a gamble with many factors, pressure is mounting for signings, Everton know we have money from Walker sale and have spent a lot this summer, other clubs ie Chavs/UTD/City/Scum could tactically swoop and steal him for what would be relative peanuts to them offering higher wages etc, and if we do sign Barkley after no pre season and currently injured is that it? That's what we've waited for? Panic buys stem from this sort of gamble falling through and this is creeping up on us. We were not good enough in the CL last year and were exposed badly, we have another campaign to deal with plus ensuring we at minimum keep our top 4 status and to date to ensure this happens we've sold Walker and done nothing. There has been a complete lack of strategy thus far that is clearly evident, which simply is not good enough! Daniel and his Bargain Hunt had better start producing some gems pretty soon, I just cannot believe the lack of ambition from finishing second, quite clearly that's more than enough for the board and a number of fans many of whom wouldn't be in the least irked if we went backwards which just shows the exact mind set ingrained in the Club that nearly is enough and we should be thankful because we're not Leeds/Portsmouth/QPR and we've improved since the 90s compared to Villa and Newcastle. That's the Achievement after 16 years!