But it must only be used for a shot seemingly launched from a catapult with reckless abandon. We also have mails on Dimi Berbatov, Cesc Fabregas and lots more...
That's the question posed in a wide and varied Mailbox, along with several others including Lloris dropping bollocks, Stewie Griffin's return & a thank you to David Healy...
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A Reminder About Ashley Young
I still am not entirely convinced with the transfer business (or lack off) done by Man Utd over the latest transfer window and writing a letter to the fans which suggested that signing Nani on a long-term deal is a transfer win reminds me of when Arsene says Diaby is back and he's like a new signing.
However, I would like to point out to those who praised Fellaini, a certain Ashley Young had a great start to his Man United career. Not going so well for him anymore is it?
So Rooney Is A Legend Again...
Whilst I am not disputing the fact that Rooney played well last night, why do we all of a sudden see various articles about how he can become a Man Utd great, how he is rejuvenated, blah blah bollocks, basically the next best thing since sliced bread again. It was one game! And not great opposition either! He might be absolute cack for the next 12 games, what will peeps say then? So he is now a Man Utd legend and of course, that one game will only cement him further in the England squad for even longer. It's all a bit pants.
Fergie Did It On Purpose? Really?
'Thank you Sir Alex for having left room for improvement in the current squad, even in departure he was shrewd enough to ensure that the quality of United would grow upwards.'
I don't understand the point, purpose or sentiment of this sentence from Vinay Shetty, because it's ridiculous. You're thanking the previous (admittedly, best ever) manager for leaving that big midfield gap which has been painfully obvious for a few years so Moyes can fill it with a human microphone?
Shrewd? Definitely not. Bloody minded as he knew he could function without it? Possibly.
Another Reason To Get Irked At Vinay Shetty
Ok. That's it. Vinay Shetty's mail has put me dangerously close to the edge. If I see one more person write 'pun intended' anywhere on the internet my brain will explode. To add insult to embolism, it usually occurs after the utterance of something that isn't even close to a pun.
I understand that Fellaini is credited with providing 'steel' to the Man United midfield, but how is calling him 'man of steel' a pun? Am I missing something? Does he get changed in a phone booth instead of the dressing room like everyone else? Does he moonlight with the Manchester Evening News? xplain yourself, man!
Do the people who write this guff not understand that it is the equivalent of explaining to people why the joke you just told was so funny? As a word of advice, if you have to explain that you did a pun, it probably wasn't worth it in the first place.
Yours in thrombosis,
And They Were So Close
With the news that Phillipe Coutihno is injured until the end of October with a shoulder injury, does this now mean that next year will be Liverpool's year?!
What Counts As Persistent?
Having watched Chelsea v Everton on Saturday, getting more and more annoyed at Barry's persistent fouling, I decided to check the rules on what is the definition of 'persistent'.
There isn't one - although I would have thought five fouls (at least four in the first half) would warrant a booking.
The actual rules say, 'persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game'. Does this mean you can get booked for consistently being offside? Inzaghi would have been screwed.
F365 should try Mediawatch-ing Daniel Storey's piece on English clubs' short-termism. Imagine it was written by, say, Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail and read it again. I'd say he has half a point:
- I don't think the point that English clubs have bought older players than the rest of Europe really stands up to any proper scrutiny. Chelsea are the obvious counter-example, but Arsenal have always bought young, Man Utd basically bought no-one, Liverpool have bought young, Tottenham's recruits are over-whelmingly young players, etc. etc.
- I also don't think it's a strong argument that English clubs currently have older squads (the reference to Chelsea's starting XI, even ignoring the fact that this excludes David Luiz and includes Frank Lampard to stretch the point). Look at most of Europe's top sides and you'll see the same story - off the top of my head look at Barcelona (Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, etc.), Real Madrid (Casillas, Ramos, Alonso, etc.), Juventus (Buffon, Pirlo, etc.) Bayern Munich (Neuer, Lahm, Ribery, Robben). All good teams have a few older experienced players, some players at their peak, and some young players.
I think he has two valid half-points:
- (a) There's been a Europe-wide shift towards younger players. Or to put it another way, the value of top players over 30 has diminished dramatically. Players seem to peak earlier and burn out earlier than they used to - potentially a result of a more physically demanding game?;
- (b) English clubs do appear to have been startlingly bad at bringing players through their own academies. I'm not sure this is such a bad move - it's pretty cheap to pick up promising academy products from other clubs at a young age (something all English clubs are getting better at doing) and more reliable than trying to develop yourself (something English clubs are trying and generally failing to do). I'd also suggest the real discrepancy here is not so much the top clubs (barring a few freak generations a la Man Utd in the 1990s and Barcelona now, top clubs never have lots of academy products) but the smaller clubs. Which is another way of saying 'Premier League clubs are ruining England by buying mediocre foreigners rather than developing their own talent' - something you may have read in the Daily Mail.
Tim Colyer, Chelsea fan, London
...Cech - signed for Chelsea aged 22
Branislav Ivanovic - signed for Chelsea aged 24
Gary Cahill - signed for Chelsea aged 25
John Terry - signed for Chelsea aged 14
Ashley Cole - signed for Chelsea aged 25
Frank Lampar d- signed for Chelsea aged 23
Ramires - signed for Chelsea aged 23
Fernando Torres - signed for Chelsea aged 26.
I'm confused by Daniel Storey's piece. Not because I'm simple, but because it's an utterly confused piece. What point is he trying to make? What conversation is he trying to make? Is an integral part of the sustainability journalists still imagine FFP will demand discarding any players you've signed who, over the course of time, age in the natural human way? Arsenal didn't go youth-heavy in this year's summer transfer window, but could any sentient being claim that they don't favour cheap teenagers?
Re-sale value is an utterly laughable concept, the vanguard of people who play too many computer games. Did Real Madrid splash out over £80m on a young player this summer for the sake of 're-sale' or as a means to sustainability? What about Neymar and Barca? Who might the world's two biggest clubs be pondering selling their marquee names to at inflated prices in five years' time?
Clubs, by and large, buy who they can afford. Big clubs can generally afford expensive players who've had six or seven pay rises in their career and expect one every time they sign on the dotted line. Less big clubs generally sign the players whose wages they can better, i.e. those who, owing to their age, haven't had six or seven pay rises yet. It's ridiculous to cherry-pick a few European transfers and infer a long-term investment strategy from it and typical of an increasingly boring intelligentsia who'll take any opportunity to take a swipe at the English game.
Daniel Storey not knowing who the alleged next big things in English youth football are is tantamount to Alan Shearer questioning Hatem Ben Arfa's credentials. Embarrassing.
...I really hope a more educated Arsenal fan than myself responds to Daniel Storey's latest piece but if not here's a couple of thoughts.
Of the 33 players to start for last season's top three last weekend, only John Terry came through the academy of that club and that was 15 years ago.
A fine piece of shoehorning your theory around a selective group of stats - change that to the top four to include Arsenal and you have a side that features three youth team products - Gibbs, Wilshere and Szcz with three more in the side signed as teenagers (and there is of course the Ox, Frimpong, Zealem and Apkrom have also featured in our match-day squads).
Buying established players only works in the long term if a club is also bringing through youth talent of its own. That such a scenario is so obviously not occurring in the Premier League.
Isn't it? haven't you just mentioned Arsenal's signings of established players - Mertesacker, Podolski and Cazorla whilst I myself have mentioned the youth talent we have brought through (and signed).
So yeah, it's not great and a lot of the Premier League teams aren't that focused on youth sides (how broke did Pompey have to get before they played an academy graduate?) and forward planning but for Arsenal that has not been the case and has been to our detriment. To allow young players to come in and to make mistakes has undoubtedly cost us trophies which we are pillaged for so at least give us our dues in this regard.
Brian, Belfast Gooner 'how many teams in the Premier League (or even Premier League history?) have brought a youth team keeper in as their number one?'
Mourinho IS Chelsea
I agree with everything Paradiz says in his post but would like to point out one thing.
Mourinho IS Chelsea.
He is arrogant.
He is spiteful.
He is reactionary.
He will win at all costs - see his Porto, Inter and Madrid sides too, all full of bullies and divers.
He intimidates referees (something Chelsea also enjoy doing - See Clattenburg last season).
He gave you your identity. He has been with you ever since he arrived the first time. His ghost hung around long after he left in the form of the Toxic Trio of Lampard, Terry and Cole, who systematically ensured that any manager who didn't cradle their balls like Mourinho did, didn't last long.
You deserve each other. Get used to it. Get over it.
We don't need to read a news article to know that Olivier Giroud is fit. Of course he's fit. Have you not seen him?
Adonis (please stay fit, please stay fit, etc) Stevenson, AFC
Dave, Dublin comments on Javier Hernandez' use of his nickname on the back of his shirt. A few years back I remember Neil Ruddock being told to remove 'Razor' from the back of his shirt, as this wasn't his name. Foreign players were only allowed nicknames if that name was what they were better known by. And as far as I know that rule has been around for ages.
So why has West Ham's Ravel Morrison got 'Ravel' on the back of his shirt?
Dylan (DiBerio) Berry
Top Ten Players Wasting Their Time?
Love the site. Particularly your 'Top Ten' Lists. I'm a long-time reader, first-time mailer. I'll keep this short and sweet.
I was reading today about the barrel-scraper 'Arry Redknapp looking to try and loan Harry Kane from my beloved Spurs. Now this got me thinking, not of how much of a neck 'Arry has for looking for any favours from Spurs after to the lack of respect he showed us during his tarting-himself-out mission with the England job, no.
It got me thinking about a Top Ten list, a list that is basically ten (young) players virtually wasting their time at their current clubs. I know this could be a bit mean and all but hey, you're Football365 not Gardeners Weekly circa 92-96 (I don't get the reference either, was trying to think of a nice polite magazine).
Anyway, Harry Kane is a perfect example of this, he is no doubt a fairly talented footballer and seems to have a good work ethic etc, but at 21 now is he ever really going to get near the Spurs first team? Surely he should be looking at moving on and why do these clubs keep these players hanging on?
Nathaniel Chalobah at Chelsea, another example, constantly talked about, linked with different loan deals galore but with the likes of Lukaku not able to get near the team, he has got to realise, time's a-tickin....
Anyway would to read your opinions on this as you have a way of making words seem good.
Lee (Willian to flop like a old J Cloth), Dublin
(Grand idea. I suspect that we would start such a list with Josh McEachran. Now 20. Is he still the next Liam Brady? - Ed)