I am fairly new to this forum and I do understand that forums polarize opinions - both good & bad, but in all honesty I'm staggered by the amount of negativity being shown...
Didn't we have our best season in the Premiership EVER last year, or did I imagine that? Isn't it good that we have players that big teams are being linked to - or would it be better to have players no one wants? And isn't it better that we are run on a stable financial footing rather than risking our very future like the Hammers & blue noses.
I know people are annoyed that Odemwingie hasn't pledged the rest of his career to us immediately & that Mulumbu hasn't ruled out the possibility of ever leaving, but these are professional footballers & not fans of the Baggies. If it were you or me then I'm sure we'd stay at the Hawthorns for life, because we are fans of the club, but I don't think its fair to complain about players considering their relatively short career. Especially when most of it is just paper-talk & gossip. But they've not gone yet gave they?
In the same way players considering joining the club have to think about their careers not to mention their families. Maybe they are "mercenary", but unless we are going to have a fans only team it will always be the case. And if they show loyalty & passion on the field can we really ask anymore?
Actually it seems we demand perfection from our keepers & defenders. I know at times they were undeniably crap last year but I think most of them do give their all & it would be nice to get behind them rather than get on at them (like the Dingles or Seals).
And then there is the design & price of the replica kit - wrong pattern stripes, wrong colour away shirt, too expensive... To me its simple - if you don't like the design or the price then just don't buy it & stick with what you've got! It's always been for profit, but if we are to establish ourselves as a premiership club for the future years the harsh reality is that we will have to get used to premiership prices!
And finally the "skin-flint" chairman. People are moaning that he isn't being ambitious enough & we aren't flashing the cash like other clubs. But in my opinion I'd rather have a careful steward than one who puts us at risk of having to get flogged to someone from overseas who would most certainly only be interested in the money in our pockets. And anyway, whos to say we won't spend money when the time is right & the players are available - we have til 31st August!!
I know everyone has the right to express their opinions (like I am now) & that I'll probably get criticism for this post, but all I want to say is seriously lads, its not all doom & gloom! We had a great season last year & I believe we'll kick on now! We are Albion & will always be better than the Dingles & the Vile fans. so let's just be happy about that & stay cheerful!! Come on you Baggies!