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It looks like everyone’s a winner…
Trying to ascertain who’s had the best business is always subjective, doing absolutely nothing is sometimes seen as a success and great deals often fall on their face. However, as things stand, almost all clubs are in a better position that they were three months ago in terms of ins and outs, having replaced what’s gone and generally added to the squad.
Bournemouth: Cook, Ibe and Smith all look to be good, young first-teamers, whilst the only significant loss is Ritchie, everyone else leaving on their terms.
Arsenal: Xhaka in, deadwood out. Maybe not what they’d hoped for, but Xhaka is better than Flamini or Arteta and likely to play as many games as the pair.
Burnley: Little ins so far, and although Barton will be a loss, he’s not the required standard anymore.
Chelsea: Two big ins, no big outs. Fewer players out on loan (so far) adds depth.
Palace: Townsend, Mandanda and Tomkins all into the first XI, five on the fringe released. Gayle could have been good, but Townsend takes his spot.
Everton: Koeman is their biggest coup so far, already putting them in a stronger position than last year. Steklenberg improves upon Howard (just).
Hull: Sone Aluko out. Steve Bruce leaving could even strengthen them. They’re probably about the same as last year right now. (Which isn’t enough).
Leicester: Five in against Kante going out, healthier looking squad, especially considering Europe, but Ranieri will be happy so far.
Liverpool: £70m spent, with no first XI players leaving (Skrtel? Don’t joke).
City: Gundogan, Nolito from under Barça’s nose and a potential gem in Zinchenko are better than Demichellis and Fofana.
United: obviously better than last year.
Boro: Possibly the biggest winners (in relation to expectations), they’ve added medals, and bought beyond what was thought possible in some cases. All outwards players left on their terms again.
Southampton: The first team unequivocally weaker so far. Redmond is a good replacement for Mane, as is Hojbjerg for Wanyama, but they’ve lost two top-four quality players and a lot of depth. Work to be done.
Stoke: Two more players to add to their style, with redundant players leaving.
Sunderland: The second team worse off. They’ve lost depth, quality (that never showed anyway I guess, Giacherrini), and depth through Graham and Brown. I do however think Moyes will work well.
Swansea: I admit to knowing little of their signings beyond Fer, but their outgoing list isn’t going to make them sad.
Spurs: Two in, none out. Overall improvement.
Watford: Going big for Success, you usually improve your team when your record signing doesn’t come about through a whopping sale.
West Brom: Probably no better, will Phillips be better than Sessegnon and Anichebe? We’ll see.
Hammers: Great business, Feghouli and Nortveit in particular, Tomkins going unfortunate, but big things lay ahead.
That got a lot longer than I thought it would, and helped me realise how little the Premier League has actually sold players this year. The league is undoubtedly stronger, meaning more upsets and surprises, and again, very little separating teams!
KC (Burnley, Hull and a surprise, Swansea?)
Is Pogba all about the marketing?
With the inevitable furore surrounding the signing of Pogba centred on the fee it is easy to overlook what I believe to be motivation for signing him.
Woodward has shown himself to be a marketing man first and football administrator second, as evidenced by his obsession with Twitter stats and other ‘indicators’ of Manchester United’s brand presence. Given that United are not in the CL for second year out of the last three it is imperative that Woodward to support the brand and provide some comfort to the growing list of sponsors.
What better way of putting yourself in the spotlight than breaking the transfer record? Make yourself the story and the fact that you are not competing at the highest level can be marginalised. Furthermore, buy a player who will instantly become the focus of your marketing efforts and you have a promotional solution to a football problem. How can United possibly be viewed as anything other than a “big club” having signed the most expensive footballer in history?
Am I being cynical? Perhaps a little, since United have signed a fine player, but you can’t ignore the timing or the benefit for United.
Glazers still out?
With the Pogba deal getting more inevitable by the day I just had to say…any pr*ck who has the audacity…the unmitigated gall…the impudence (I googled it) to stand there with a GLAZERS OUT banner is an idiot. The owners have backed this rebuilding project to the hilt. If we were still a publicly owned company we would have been front and center in the Andros Townsend sweepstakes!
Mtoe (It’s been some years…missed you guys) Phuthi
Thanking F365 for their honesty
F365 is the Bernie Sanders of the British sport media. You keep telling the truth about taboo PFM topics when all other outlets regurgitate the party line.
As a football lover and Man Utd supporter you are my choice for truthful content. The fact that I used the word truthful to describe a football website is a very clear indictment of your competitors.
When David Moyes was hired as SAFs successor, F365 was the only outlet that ran a piece saying it’d be a big mistake hiring him to learn on the job at United. The other media were running with the ‘cut from the same cloth as SAF, British coach given a chance’ etc garbage.
When Moyes was Evertonising Utd with his cross-at-all-cost tactics, all British media outlets regurgitatrd the players are failing him line and barely mentioned Moyes as the problem. Through that incredibly annoying time the only real analysis of Moyes’ failure was found here.
Those same media outlets who were preaching for him to get another season before he was sacked now treat him as a pariah. He is always mentioned with words such as disastrous or failed accompanying any mentions of his tenure at Utd. What happened to the narrative he is a good man that was so predominant before the sack. Is his goodness intertwined with him being a Utd manager?
I see the sane thing happening with Rooney at the moment. The guy is clearly done at the top level. This has been obvious for three years or so. But he is continually praised after terrible performances in games.
Unfortunately as soon as Rooney is benched or is enevitably pushed out of United they will descend on him in masse. He will then be publicly cut down.
At least you guys call it like it is from the beginning.
In short continue your good work. A bit of honesty (which F365 provides in many a case) is what is necessary for any real progress to occur in football and life.
Mike, San Fransisco
Man United need a clear-out too
In keeping with some of yesterday’s mails, I think United also need a bit of a clear-out.
We’ve got too many players in the midfield/attacking positions, especially since I can’t see Mourinho taking the Europa League seriously (unfortunately, as I think it’s a great competition), and we could do with getting rid of a few. There are a fair few utility players like Young, Valencia, Jones etc. that aren’t necessarily the specialists that Mourinho seems to prefer (a hangover from Van Gaal).
Obviously Fellaini can do one, he can be effective but I’m firmly in the camp that he is a thug who doesn’t have a high enough opinion of opposition players’ safety. I can’t see Januzaj getting game time, although a loan to another Premier League club would be useful (Sunderland or Bournemouth both make sense).
I then wrote out a very long and boring email, deleted it, and just want you to take my word that we have too many players, a fair few of whom are a bit pants.
Jack (The only thing more predictable than Arsenal’s season is mails at this time of year predicting it) Manchester
Why are Arsenal being outgunned?
Why is it, three years after stating that Arsenal had the financial muscle to match any team in the world, that Gazidis has decided that we can’t “outgun” any of the top spenders any more?
Since his quotes in 2013 pre-season we’ve seen the BPL TV revenues increase to levels that make your eyes water and paid off all the debt on the stadium. This being the same stadium that puts us second in both capacity and attendence league-wide and was built to supposedly increase our financial fire-power. We’ve also increased ticket prices to the highest levels in the world and qualified for the CL for 20 consecutive season (without winning it) which should, apparently, be something to celebrate.
All of the above means that we’ve now risen to the fifth highest-valued club in world football. So please, for the love of God, can someone explain to me why Arsenal are apparently not able to match the wages/transfer fees available elsewhere?
This is our year…
Is Klopp done? Well, not sacked, but done with incoming transfers for the summer?
It would seem his hand will be forced immobile unless Benteke, Lucas, and/or Henderson leave the club. Even then, Klopp may feel that he has a reasonable squad heading into a 2016/2017 that will likely have around 50 matches. Lining up as it stands:
Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Clyne
Coutinho, Mane, Firmino,
He’s got some cover at each position: Origi, Ings, Grujic (if he’s alive), Milner, Lasagna, Widgnutzum, Matip, Flanagan, Ragnar, Gomez and Karius. Sadly, each player on my bench is about as good as the starting line-up, thus consistancy and luck are the only tools at hand that can catapault us into the Preimership Crown. Yes, the crown. With no midweek football Klopp will have first place as his season goal. Forget what you knew about the EPL; last year changed everything, this year is already a soap opera, and I dare you to tell me what will happen starting Aug 14. Go on.
3. Manchester City
MD, Belize, Liverpool
Some Chelsea-Liverpool thoughts
– Damn you John Henry. I can’t hate liverpool now. Klopp is just too good to even dislike. Damn you!
– Don Conte has got his ideas in full flow. Chelsea are full zonal under the Don.
– This was visible in the defensive and midfield structure; rarely were Chelsea troubled in the game.
– This not a Chelsea of old, defending for our lives deep down (our hall mark). There was a certain composure and calmness to the way the team played without the ball. Even with 10 men, there was no real sense of panic. More importantly, it seems the players know exactly what to do in situations.
– The attacking play still gives cause to think. But it is very early and just a few days of training and games, so I’m letting that pass. Given no European games, and full week between games, I’m quite sure Conte will get that also done.
– What next for RLC? I’m having this internal debate whether English players when they show technical promise, are praised and given so much luxurious treatment (by bosses and press) that at some stage, they dont develop the attitude to take their game to the actual next level – performance and consistency? Reuben seems party to that. So much promise in flashes, but deeply worrying about his attitude. Doesn’t press, doesn’t run when needed. The game has gone beyond luxury players (no more Berbatovs, and Mata is likely to be sold again) and I’m afraid Reuben is trying to become one aided by the English potential. I hope I am wrong.
– On RLC again, this is the third manager who has spoken of his promise yet, each time, he seems to be going upfield (lack of discipline and work rate means no midfield action). And he was the furtherest player during defensive corners/transitions. Was it by design or due to lack of workrate? Whatever it is, he can no more hide behind age given how other English players are thriving at clubs. I trust Conte to kick some ass and get him to shape. If not, another wasted prodigy.
– On Chelsea’s centre-backs, worryingly JT still is the best CB by a mile. Cahill is technically so suspect (cannot pass the ball to a player under pressure) and our other options are bleak (read Ivanovic). Unless we’re signing someone (hello Koulibaly), this is going to be of grave concern during the season.
– In general, Conte has either rekindled the fire inside the Chelsea players or kept it below their arse. They seemed to play as though they were on war (‘fight’) than anything else. Which is the most important change since the turn of this season! Long may it continue.
– A general note on pool, their game is wonderful, they just got the final passes wrong (and against a superb Chelsea defense), I’m genuinely looking forward to their games. I love managers (and in turn teams) that are passionate, regardless of the type of game they play. Damn you again John Henry.
Aravind, Chelsea fan
Football is back! Last night West Ham were very fortunate indeed to get out of Slovenia down only 2-1 to FK Domzale in their Europa League qualifying tie.
I missed the first 20 minutes, during which the teams exchanged penalty kicks, but the rest of the way Domzale were clearly the better side. They had already forced Adrian into several excellent saves before he made a truly world-class double save in the 89th minute to keep the score close. The winner came in the 49th minute, and it was a beauty, Matic Črnic passing the ball just inside the far post from about 15 yards.
This was no makeshift Hammers side, either: the starting line-up included Adrian, Winston Reid, Michail Antonio, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll. But they were consistently outplayed, particularly in the second half, and have a lot of work to do in the second leg at the Olympic Stadium.
It’s never too early to start worrying about the coefficient: Sassuolo got a draw at Luzern, so there’s already ground to make up. But who cares? Football is back!
Peter G, Pennsylvania, USA (I saw it on a legal stream, too!)
Do Everton have right man at the wrong time?
I’ve followed the coverage of Everton with some interest this summer, given the surge of optimism following new investment in the club. There seemed to be a feeling that finally, Everton have their man. The guy that will fund the climb back into the upper echelons of English, and who knows, European football. £25m-plus purchases would become the rule, rather than the exception.
Of course, that hasn’t materialised, and it shouldn’t really be a surprise. Which begs the question: Has Everton’s financial saviour arrived at exactly the wrong time? The article on Everton by Daniel Storey was sensible and measured, but what does that say about Everton’s approach to the next four or five years? I feel that Everton are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
On the one hand, the new owner can put £200m on the table and tell Koeman it’s his to spend. But to what end? £30m these days bets you one of two things. An overpriced Premier League footballer that is unlikely to improve the team, or a player from foreign shores who, with the best will in the world, is aiming higher than present day Everton. And as sad as it is, £200m isn’t enough to bridge the gap between Everton in their current state, and the top six. The climb up the curve has never been steeper and more expensive.
On the other hand, the new owner can invest behind the scenes, which appears to be the chosen approach. Koeman is a good appointment, and the same can be argued of Steve Walsh. However, the approach then becomes about trying to identify players for a reasonable price before developing them and building them into a team. The problem here is that every other team outside the top six is trying to do the same thing. Leicester and West Ham have already had some success with this, but we’ll see if it’s sustainable. Middlesbrough appear to have had an excellent summer. Southampton have done well by a similar approach, but every new season brings portents of doom as they sell off their best assets.
Speaking of which, what is to say that if Everton do somehow uncover a gem, they will be able to keep hold of him? Lukaku and Stones seem likely to leave this summer. Leicester’s squad look set to be decimated despite winning the league. This isn’t Germany, where if you win, Bayern take your best players. In England, there are maybe six clubs willing to spend upwards of £25m on players from the ‘best of the rest’ off the back of one good season. Building something has never been more difficult. Even if Everton get an extra £50m in the back pocket from selling Stones, who do they buy? A silly bid for the likes of Ashley Williams? Swansea can afford not to sell, and is Everton a huge step up from Swansea, at least at the moment?
Good news for Everton in terms of long-term stability perhaps, but I struggle to see where this new investment is going to be a difference maker.
Another fraudulent XI of PL players
My fraudulent XI, a team filled with players who have all played in the Premiership in the last season or two. And Richard Wright.
GK Richard Wright (Honestly, I am genuinely proud of Richard Wright, I ain’t even mad. I admire how someone can make so much money from doing so little. Power to you, Rich.)
RB Alan Hutton (Alan Hutton signed for Spurs for £9m. He earns a reported £40k at relegated Aston Villa. He looks like he would be kind of bloke to p*ss in the bath and enjoy it.)
CB Joleon Lescott (Was a monster for City for that season, but bloody hell, he’s taking a leaf out of the Richard Wright book of football since joining Villa. No interest, no passion, loads of money. Jammy sod.)
CB Federico Fazio (He won’t be at Spurs for much longer. Whoever signed off on this £8m deal needs a raise, I do love seeing the Spuds sign duds, but Fazio was genuinely the worst centre half I have seen at a top-six club in years. Headless, clueless, a fraud.)
LB Gael Clichy (How he managed to get a move to City in the first place is insane, how he is still there AND playing regularly is sheer negligence on their part. Makes Kolorov look good. Gael, you’re sh*te, mate.)
RM Scott Sinclair (Enjoyed a decent spell at Swansea which convinced cash-rich City to splurge £8m on him. He was absolutely woeful for Villa since signing. Celtic are reportedly chasing after him. Maybe, just maybe, he could recapture some of that Swansea form at Ross County away.)
CM Jack Rodwell (England’s next big thing, made the big move to City at the same time as Sinclair, let his career plummet in similar fashion, struggles to get into the Sunderland team yet this bloke makes more money in a week than I do in six months. Starting to regret writing this mail.)
CM Charlie Adam (How is Charlie Adam still playing in the Premiership? How did a team like Liverpool think buying him was a good idea? I am 99% sure he is an extra in Emmerdale. Should have stayed put at Blackpool)
LM Theo Walcott (As an Arsenal fan, it’s not nice to include any of my own boys in here, but, Theo is the epitome of a fraud. 10 years. TEN YEARS he has been at Arsenal. Remember when he was 16 and in the England squad? He saunters through a game taking minimal touches, shying from tackles, refusing to track back, he can’t score, he can’t pass, but he’s bloody fast. Oh, and he earns over £100k a bloody week, too. TEN YEARS!
FW Papiss Cisse (Looked an absolute world beater when he signed and played alongside Demba Ba. Scored an absolute peach that won goal of the season. Since that he hasn’t really done much, looked lazy and uninterested. Recently moved to China. Point proven, really.)
FW Fabio Borini (Looks like a sound enough chap, maybe more suited to being a car salesman than a Premiership football player but nonetheless, he seems like a reasonably level headed guy. On the pitch, though, he is like Bambi on ice. Fabio Borini has cost over £20m in cumulated transfer fees. He has played 116 games and scored 29 goals – six of which came in the Championship – yet he is still a regular in the ‘best league in the world’. Jesus wept.
Ryan, Dundalk FC
Defensive midfielders: Always under and overrated
When I was thinking about overrated players I thought about Vidal – and how when I’d last seen him play he didn’t look like a great midfielder but instead like a red card liability. Then I realised this was unfair because the last time I saw him play was in a Champions League final going up against Barca and the greatest midfield in generations with the greatest attacking trio ever behind him.
But it got me thinking about a general rule…defensive midfielders. Paradoxically both under and overrated. Underrated because a lot of spectators don’t understand the role and therefore don’t appreciate it. Kinda like watching the greatest bass guitarist of all time play but not realising it because your eyes are on the hot but only competent singer.
However these players can also be highly overrated, because fans remember their great games but forget the number of times they have cost their side due to poor discipline. I’m going to give an example which will cause anger but massive caveat here…these are two *great* players. I am not saying they aren’t great. They are but they are still overrated. (Prepares self for barrage of online hate):
Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.
Simple reason. Nothing to do with their skill or work ethic. But it seems to me that every season, at least once a season but sometimes more…they cost their side points by getting red carded. Not just understandable red cards either. Silly red mist cards.
Sure, it comes with the territory being a midfield destroyer. Two yellow cards have to be expected every now and then when asking someone to play this role. But they both, Keane more so but both, occasionally got straight reds for doing something very silly. Not only that, the extra ban for a straight red had the capacity to harm their team for weeks to come.
These are two of the greatest players ever…but they occasionally cost their side three points for bad discipline.
P.S. Of Course F365 has to do list articles…there isn’t enough football being played to do much else.
Hugo (NUFC) Adelaide
The inevitable mails defending Kane and other Spurs players
I don’t know what the hell we did to Everton, but apparently we’ve left some deep-rooted issues. That can be the only explanation for Liam EFC’s world of f**king madness. I’ll ignore the Lloris comment because even Liam seems to recognise he’s being silly, but you think I’m going to let the Danny Rose hate go unchecked? You know what Danny Rose benefited from last season? Being Danny f**king Rose. He rose to the challenge brought by Ben Davies, reclaimed his first-team place, and played his arse off (metaphorically, obviously – Danny’s giant butt ain’t going anywhere anytime soon, he needs it to act as a counter-weight to his gigantic brass balls) all season, justifiably earning his England place.
People, I know we’re in that difficult period where there really is f**k all going on, but let’s not resort to absolute giddy idiocy, eh? Both Liam AND Philipp (one L, two Ps? Intriguing. I like it) think Kane is overrated. Philipp (gone off it), because he is a hard-working but limited player; limited in what sense? His technique is good, he reads the game well, passes accurately, and scores a fantastic number of goals of great variety. His main limitation is a lack of pace, and yet despite playing in a league in which speed is almost essential he has managed 46 league goals in the past two seasons. Which leads me onto Liam’s gripe: that Kane was sh*t in the Euros, making the suggested fees far too high. For comparison, the £75m Higuain scored 54, so the idea of Kane being worth £60m is hardly unreasonable (in the world of football, where ‘reasonably priced’ is an asburdity), given that he is 23 years old. And if we’re really going to base ratedness, for that is indeed not a word, on rumoured/potential transfer fees, there’s a £50m tag sat above the head of a pretty shocking centre-back that makes every transfer fee ever spent, quoted, or just plain made-up look absolutely f**king marvellous. Judging someone’s ability on three games out of a hundred is also not a great idea. If three percent of occasions are enough to base a decision on, don’t get a girlfriend. She’ll be dumped as soon as as the PMT kicks in.
You want to know why people rate Alli so highly? Because of his potential. He is 20 years old, he was playing in a youth league in Billericay only four days ago, and has already scored…okay, so that’s some embellishment, but you see my point. And we signed him for £5m. Actually, that’s not a useful reference. For an Everton supporter, the idea of spending £5m is as fantastical as Elvis riding into Goodison on the back of a unicorn).
Liam, what did Spurs do to you? Is it because of Pienaar? Because we gave him back almost straight away, barely a scratch on him.
…So here we are again, exactly 12 months on and Kane is again being branded a one (or more accurately, two) season wonder.
Is he world-class? Nope, but you don’t score the goals (and the variety of goals) he does without some quality. My guess is it’ll be another 20+ season for him.
From a smirking Spurs fan
…Firstly, outstanding work with the ‘Is this the season Kane gets found out?’ tweet yesterday. Nothing riles Spurs fans up more than saying Kane is overrated – I know, I am one.
Let’s ignore the fact of just how many people clearly didn’t click the link or understand it’s a mailbag section and jump to why we are so protective of Kane.
I’m not going to throw all the stats at you – we all know those. I’m not going to list a load of excuses for the Euros either – To a man, England were woeful. Kane included.
The question is – why are we so protective of Harry?
Yes, he’s ‘one of our own’ (despite what Arsenal fans claim) but it’s more than that. Some of it is local rivalry, we get that. When Bale was being sold for a world-record fee Arsenal fans were still pulling themselves away from a Twitter poll to scream that Theo ‘honestly boss I’m a striker’ Walcott was better.
There are two main reason why Spurs fans are so quick to jump to the defence of Kane. In truth we could just leave him to it. Every single time he has been questioned he has rammed the words back down the throats of his doubters.
Firstly, almost every Spurs fan I know didn’t think Kane would make it. We’ve been in the shoes of those thinking he isn’t good enough – believe me, you’ll end up looking stupid. We all did. The outcry from many when he came on against West Ham in Pochettino’s first game in charge, only to change the game and set up the winner, was peak Spurs Twitter. Meltdown was putting it kindly. Slowly but surely fans soon realised we had unearthed a gem. Annoyingly, Sherwood might take some credit for putting him in in the first place…
That’s where my second point comes. After the AVB experiment came to a brutal end we were thrust into the Sherwood phase. A painful, embarrassing period of time where I and many others started to lose any and all connection with our club. The players didn’t care, the ‘manager’ was so horrendously out of his depth he decided to set fire to everything with each passing interview and Spurs were heading towards Liverpool territory. I jest.
As Pochettino begun to stamp his authority on the team Harry Kane embodied everything about the new dawn – from stories of him leading the revolt against the likes of Kaboul and Adebayor after the Stoke defeat to playing every single game like it was his last Kane breathed life back into Tottenham.
He was, and still is, the heartbeat of this new-look Spurs. He never stops working, he drives us on and he never gives up (part of the reason why he, wrongly, kept trying to make something happen for England but we won’t go there). He scored big goal after big goal and gave every single one of us our Spurs back. He didn’t do it on his own, but he was the face of it.
So that’s why we are so quick to jump up when people question him – but take it from us all, you’re wrong if you think Kane isn’t the real deal and you wish he was yours. It’s okay, we can smell the jealousy.
…I can’t quite believe it’s going to take a Gooner to say this. I can’t quite believe I’m taking a few minutes out of my holiday to be the one to do it.
But Harry Kane is obviously not a f***ing fraud. He’s evidently really good. As if it makes sense to judge him on a sh*t Euros playing for a sh*t side instead of looking at his frankly excellent record for Spurs.
Right, I’m done now. I feel dirty and need a shower.
Jakey, South East London
…I’m sure you’ll get a lot of these but ‘fraud’ seems like an unreasonable accusation to level at any footballer. It’s not the footballers who tell everyone that they are the bestest ever and worth ludicrous amounts of money. Maybe this is pedantic but instead of ‘fraud’- which is too accusatory – have they misrepresented themselves? – perhaps ‘player who isn’t as good in my opinion as the generally accepted consensus of his ability because of that one game I watched and he didn’t score five goals/are playing for a rival club and are by default dreadful’ would be more appropriate.
Harry Kane – A fraud? Are 46 Prem goals in two seasons chickenfeed now? Torres at Chelsea, Falcao at ManU and Chelsea, Soldado at Spurs – these would be reasonable targets for this sort of nonsense but Harry Kane??
Tom, London (Won’t even get started on the Lloris comment – Madness)
Who gives a Schlupp?
I was strolling through the mailbox yesterday and was enjoying the overrated lists, finding myself in general agreement. Then one name appeared – Schlupp!
I am wondering, is there a massive (underground?) swarm of people who think Schlupp is amazing that I am unaware of?
I love me some Schlupp, but surely no one rates him highly enough for him to be overrated? I am even wondering if anyone cares enough about Schlupp for this to even be published, but then again, I cared enough to write it.
Football365: Still doing proper content
Bet Eric feels a bit silly about his email after reading the John Stones piece (if he still reads the site of course). Outstanding.
Jack (Less Brendan Outstanding, more genuinely outstanding) Manchester