PREPARATIONS for this weekend’s first round of Narcozep Cup fixtures will be under extra pressure with the introduction of Real Threat.
Made up of the best unsigned players, Real Threat was introduced this season to make up numbers in the cup group draw.
With names like Jonny Howson, Philipp Wollschied and Chancel Mbemba, it’s hard to imagine any manager signing the Real Threat XI in the August auction without being ridiculed for lack of ambition.
Yet a points tally that would put them third in the table means the side are literally a Real Threat, particularly since this year’s cup will be measured on points scored in a week rather than goals.
Scraping up an average of around 20 points a week, Hairy Fadjeetas go into the Narcozep Cup group A curtain raiser this weekend as firm underdogs against the newcomers, who would average more than 30.
More managers will be concerned. Only Young Boys outscore Real Threat in group A, and just two qualification places are available.
Most of all Kenna HQ concern levels could rise dramatically. If Real Threat go on to win the cup the managerial fallout will be apocalyptic.
“I’m not concerned,” said the chairman, eying his cocktail cabinet pensively before breakfast. “If Real Threat do somehow qualify, and admittedly it looks likely considering the opposition in group A, the team will be disbanded ahead of the second transfer window in early February and picked again after that.
“I’m sure after the second window managers will have signed all the best players ‘from the pot’. The managerial quality and foresight in the Kenna is….ah.”
Wayne Hennessey – Crystal Palace goalkeeper – 24 points
Gareth McAuley – West Brom defender – 41 points
Philipp Wollschied – Stoke defender – 31 points
Sebastian Prodl – Watford defender – 27 points
Chancel Mbemba – Newcastle defender – 25 points
Manuel Lanzini – West Ham midfielder – 38 points
Jonny Howson – Norwich midfielder – 37 points
Gerard Deulofeu – Everton midfielder – 37 points (formerly of Cowley Casuals)
Steven Davis – Southampton midfielder – 31 points
Jermaine Defoe – Sunderland striker – 34 points (formerly of Dynamo Charlton)
Wilfred Bony – Manchester City – 32 points (formerly of Cowley Casuals)
Total points: 366
Narcozep Cup fixtures – this weekend
Narcozep Cup – knockout stage
Kenna table – week 12
|2||Newington Reds||Ben D||29||1|
|6||Headless Chickens||John N||28||0|
|7||Young Boys||Andrew D||27||1|
|8||Wandsworth Network Solutions||Will||26||2|
|10||FC Tescticuladew||James N||25||1|
|11||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||23||0|
|12||KS West Green||Stix||23||0|
|16||Judean People’s Front||Sholto||19||0|
|Player of the week||9||Bertrand, R – SOT – DEF|
|Club||KS West Green|