The stats from this summer’s transfer activity are enough to give a statistician a headache. The Valiants have shipped nine senior players out, lost a manager and gained a new one and then signed (at least at time of writing) fifteen new faces. One thing is for sure – it’s certainly going to be different this season.
It’s been a summer like very few others in Burslem and as the results of our latest OVF fans vote show, most supporters are simply unsure how the season will unfold.
The higher up the leagues you progress, the more money from TV and sponsorship you will bring in…
However, one fact is undeniable: the higher up the leagues you progress, the more money from TV and sponsorship you will bring in. So, in many respects this is a new, exciting strategy rather than adding the odd player here and settling for mid-table lethargy. Sometimes, like the users of online pokies, you have to take a punt in order to be a winner and this wholesale shift is clearly an attempt to upset the apple cart and produce something special at Vale Park. Perhaps even promotion?
It’s risky and even Norman Smurthwaite has admitted he has a plan B up his sleeve just in case, but as fans we have to hope it works. The revolving door at Vale Park has probably been subject to more gambles and hunches than some of the web’s busiest online slots and bingo sites but even if every, single gamble doesn’t pay off, there’s certainly some talent on our books this season.
But what’s done is done and there’s very little that we can know do to affect the result other than to support our team as it hopefully shocks a few bookies and upsets a few odds. Let’s hope it all pays off and Vale fans have something to celebrate at the end of the season.