Take away the doubt
Have I mentioned Yassin Moutaouakil to you nice folks before? You may remember him, young bloke, speaks French. Scares the hell out of left backs and left midfielders, used to have a good relationship with Lloyd Sam before they were inexplicably separated.
Little game tonight I believe, my Mum asked me if I wished I was going Sunday. I was a bit comme ci comme ca, but that was Sunday sat on my arse watching that smug lanky bloke Hank Paulson. Hank, I ask you and GW Bush, the 43rd president and by a fucking long way the worst.
Anyway I digress, Mother I said, not bovvered. But this morning, well whole new kettle of fish. Already had a couple of phone calls from those that will be making their way to Sainsburys. Of course I wish I was going. It's a big game in many ways tonight, particularly for Pardew. His team selection will be vital and if nothing else I really would like to see it bounce up before the game and look like it has got a balance to it. A balance that has pace, tempo and fight.
I hope to see some changes tonight I really do. I think seeing Moutaouakil, Semedo, Shelvey, Dickson, Todorov and ZZ out on the pitch warming up as part of the 16 will lift spirits amongst Addicks walking into the ground after a very disappointing result Saturday.
While I and others have accepted our fate as a middling tier II side again, the frustration is that we still have some players that actually excite me and offer a lot more than a middling tier II club. A lot have even been signed by Pardew.... Semedo, Hudson, Moutaouakil, Varney, Youga, Bailey, Dickson. Good young players.
Pardew says that "it's about developing and creating new players - and that's what I'm trying to do, together with my staff at every level of the club."
And this all well and good and I accept we need to be patient but we all want to see the club going in the right direction under bright and brave leadership.
Now is the time for Pardew to put some action to those well thought out sound bites. I want to believe in him I really do. I willed him to keep us up from the Prem, I believed him when he said that he was the right man to take us up last season and I want to believe him when he says "It means everything to me to get Charlton back to the Premier League."
Take away the doubt Pards, take away the doubt.