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Next season’s title favourites
Jonathon, Gold Coast Spurs, It’s the hope that kills you, man.
Mike, LFC, Dubai: I am firmly in the “Next year it’s our year” brigade because, well, like you I am a Liverpool fan. Why would I not hope next year is our year?
I find your mail dubious not only for making Spurs favorites (It’s their year next year you know) but also for this “Also a new manager and it’s seems very unlikely they’d win the league next year from where they are now.” Clearly the full impact of what is currently happening hasn’t hit you yet.
City have to much dead wood depth to sift through, combined with incoming players who will have to learn a new style and league, especially if they weren’t Pep guys before.
Chelsea will have good go of it. They will most likely not be in Europe and financially they have the clout to bring in anybody they want. Remember United bought Di maria without being in Europe. They need a whole new spine though.
Tottenham may also have a chance IF they keep all their players (which I can’t see happening. Alderweireld and Alli have had the kind of seasons that get you the big move to a team that can promise more than “a bright future”) and whoever gets brought in hits the ground running. Being in the Champions League they will be expected to field their best side every game, unlike this season where they disrespected the competition by fielding a weakened side against BVB.
Liverpool is where the money is at as far a punters are concerned. Could be a great bet if they fail to make Europa and CL. The emergence of Origi and rebirth of Lovren means they only need to replace Mignolet, find a proper midfielder to partner Can, and buy an established winger (you know, that position which according to Brendan Rodgers doesn’t really matter). Klopp imprint is becoming visible and his players will already know what he wants.
The key to Leicester City success is the establishment of a strong spine combine with luck in the health department. Vardy, Konte, Huth/Morgan, schmeichel. Add in Mahrez and you have the recipe for success.
Heart says Liverpool, head says Chelsea.
Brian (No Europe really does make all the difference) LFC
P.S. I did not include Leicester City because I think the addition of CL will, in fact, crush them. No United because even with a proper manager on board they wasted too much money on dead wood and the loss of De Gea will be massive. Also I hate them. Arsenal was left off for obvious reasons (Next year is your year too Gunners!)
Interesting mail on next season favourites this morning.
Leicester have got a huge dilemma, this season they have built an amazing team from a relatively small pool of players but had a huge advantage of not having a European campaign. I don’t think it should be underestimated how big an advantage that is. At a minimum it is 6 games where you have a full 5 days to prepare for an opponent and no additional travel vs 2-3 days after a midweek game with a couple of long journeys thrown in. The Tinkerman isn’t tinkering, maybe the reason he tinkered at Chelsea was because of European commitments and the effect it has.
Anyway they have to increase their squad size, but doing so means messing with that tight knit group and spirit.
Spurs are in a similar situation, but have experience of European competition, the real difference is that they will have to take it a lot more seriously so they won’t be playing lesser players in the Group games of the Champs League – so do they risk burn out or rotate players in Prem games.
Chelsea on the other hand have gained that advantage of not having any distractions, if the new manager can trim the fat from the squad and focus the team on the title then they have a great opportunity which is probably reflected in being 2nd or 3rd favorites.
Man Utd could be in a similar position, new Manager, potentially no Europe, huge wodge of cash but 3 years of decline is probably harder to fix.
Arsenal will probably be Arsenal, although they do seem to stumble across the odd unexpected gem (Coq, Elneny). It could happen if they get the signings right, but then again..
Man City are a big unknown, surgery is required to that squad, Hart and the attacking force are formidable, the midfield and defence much less so. Pep will be able to buy big but can it all gel in time with the expectation of being favourites and the anticipated change in style.
This amazing season isn’t even over yet but next season is already shaping up to be very interesting.
Matt (The Championship is going to be a cracker too)
Nice email form Mike about title favourites for next season. The significant thing the email has not fully factored in is Europe.
Chelsea and Liverpool are unlikely to be in Europe next season and this gives them a massive advantage. When Liverpool went on their excellent run to finishing second they didn’t have Europe to contend with, more or less only having to play once a week. The advantages this confers are well covered, fatigue and preparation time being notable. Would Leicester have done as well this season with Europe to contend with and going further in the cups? Perhaps Tottenham’s advancement in the FA Cup at Leicester’s expense had an as yet little noted influence on the destination of the title this season.
Leicester, Tottenham, and Arsenal are all likely to have Champions League football next year. This marks no change for Arsenal, so you expect them to be similar to this year. Tottenham, are no stranger to playing in Europe, and look set to have their improved quality match that of the change in competition. Leicester, *you’d think*, are likely to be less well equipped and thus struggle.
Klopp will be in his second season and have a full week to work with his players between games. Similarly for Conte at Chelsea. Tottenham look consistent. Arsenal too look consistent, albeit in their own way. Manchester City, you’d think are going to be there. Manchester United are going in no discernible direction at the moment. Based on how the teams look currently equipped for their likely demands next season, you might expect strong challenges from Liverpool and Chelsea, and Leicester struggling to make the top four.
this mornings mail about title favorites got me thinking a little about my team…
Sure we’ve got a new manager coming in and won’t have CL football but I think we have a very good chance of winning the title and why not the Europa League, we won it once before and the players we have in our ranks have the ability to win it if we make it in to the EL slots!
I’m happy with Conte, I believe he is a decent manager and his record in the past few years shows that, his management style is not too dissimilar to that of Jose but he is also pretty straight forward about what he expects and will give players the chance to showcase their talents instead of holding them back… i’m looking at you LVG and Jose.
If we can keep a hold of a few players and not sell Hazard and Costa as well as bringing in a decent CB and another striker, I don’t see why a new manager will not give some of these players a lift and someone like Conte has the ability to get the best out of his players as shown with Juve and Italy.
If we don’t win it but can get back in the top 4 that would be a success still for me, the next few years will be vital in where Chelsea go as a club because another season out of the CL will surely drag us back.
I’m also in the give JT a one year contract camp, sure he’s pr*ck but he is our own and I know that he’ll have a huge impact on the players in the changing room (in a positive way), maybe that’s just the romantic in me (Winty ;))
Anyway, might have trailed off a bit there but yeah, i truly believe Chelsea will be able to win the league next season and if not, then one thing is for sure, next season will certainly be just as exciting as this one with Liverpool, City, Spurs, United, Arsenal and Sam Allardyce (lol) all up there.
T, CFC, London (Leicester won’t win it again but congrats to them for this season).
In reply to Mike, LFC, Dubai’s email regarding odds on next seasons title winners, and the forecasted odds of 4/1 on Arsenal. With the whole ‘this was the best chance Arsenal will have to win the league’ spiel being spouted fairly regularly this season, have Arsenal actually got a better chance of winning Da Ting next season? If you consider the surgery required at most of the top sides squads – Chelsea, City & United need a huge overhaul to remain competitive, and compare that with the current Arsenal squad, which in my opinion only needs supplemented with a couple of players (World class centre half, world class striker, & a couple of midfielders) we could actually be on to something for next season. Although, if Spuds can hold their squad together, which i’m sure they will, and add some real quality they will be bang there too. Which is upsetting.
It can also be said though that Arsenal have needed the elusive world class striker since Henry and could well balls it up. Again. And again. Until the end of time.
(Ryan, Dundalk FC *Eddie Howe to be next Arsenal manager is 40/1*)
Should Spurs have done better this season?
Now before I get to the point of this mail, can I just say that I have not written this to bait or wind up any Spurs/Leicester fans. It is a genuine thought on the disparity in reporting and the narrative that has followed.
This will be a big assumption on my part, but I would like to think the general feeling right now is that Spurs, above all others, have played the most eye-pleasing and consistent football this season. Yet there they sit, 7 points behind Leicester who have received as many putdowns as plaudits for their style of play (for the record, they have been nothing short of refreshing and a joy to watch). Arsenal, for all their faults, are 6 behind Spurs and have a game in hand. What I don’t understand is why Spurs are not being lambasted a bit more by fans and journalists alike for having lost vital points that would have meant this title race was a little bit closer between the top 2, while widening the gap to Arsenal (and providing even clearer numerical evidence of their superiority over the teams directly below them) and asserting their title-chasing status. It has felt more like Spurs have been talked up as potential champions simply due to their position in the table, which obviously grants them that status. But with so little of the season left to play it feels almost forced; an attempt to keep the race exciting (which it is, to a point), when it could be over by next Monday (a possible 10 point lead for Leicester come the next round of fixtures would be game over, surely?).
I get that the remaining games for Leicester are, on paper, more difficult than Spurs’ run-in, so the race is far from over. But I can’t shake the feeling that for all the good they’ve done so far, Spurs should also have been chided in a few more op-eds or Mailbox entries for their inability to match the way Leicester have gained points in difficult circumstances. I do feel that they should have done better. That instead of chasing, they should have been right there next to Leicester, tussling away for 1st place. As it stands, Spurs could end the season wondering what if, while also being nothing more than a footnote in a remarkable season.
James F, BCFC
Leave Jesse alone
Gaavie from Cape Town was a bit harsh on Jesse Lingard in my opinion. True, Lingard isn’t the best dribbler, crosser or finisher in the world but the problem isn’t that he isn’t good enough to play for United, more that due to injuries and bizarre team selection from Van Gaal, he has started way too many games.
Throughout Ferguson’s tenure there were many players like Lingard. Players that perhaps weren’t the best or didn’t have masses of technical ability but could perform in certain games if key players were out. Many times these players were the butt of opposing teams jokes but performed well when required and often in big games or at difficult times of the season.
Players like John O’Shea, Quinton Fortune, Ji Sung Park, Phil Neville and Fabio Da Silva were all handy, versatile squad players who contributed to periods of success. These players win you titles just as much as anybody else if they can be trusted to fill in for the regulars with distinction.
Lingard has started way too many games for a player of his level but that has been mostly down to injury and in the future I could see him performing reasonably well in the Park Ji Sung role of energetic midfield contributor.
Do I see a time when Jesse Lingard will be tearing up the Champions League? NO.
Can Lingard be a useful squad player in a functioning Manchester United team. YES.
Remember Lingard may be 23 but in footballing terms he is much younger, having only played around 30 games at elite level and around 80 career games total (about half as many as Depay). Lingard may not be the answer to Manchester United’s malaise, but he isn’t the reason for it either. Give the lad a chance.
Nick (Van Gaal out, Zlatan in)
Spurs: Bullet dodgers
As a Spurs fan, I’ve immensely enjoyed this season. Last night I was chatting with a couple of friends about how the run in for Spurs and Leicester this year is going to be great to watch. As a Spurs fan, I want them to push and try and win the title (however hard it might be to make up 7 points) but equally you can’t argue that Leicester don’t deserve it and I wouldn’t mind coming 2nd to that team.
However, the story from the Spurs fan about meeting Van Gaal has prompted me to write in about something that I’ve been musing over: Did Spurs dodge a bullet after being heavily linked with LVG?
You might emphatically say yes (and I’d be inclined to agree as I love Poch) but how much difference is there between Poch (and to an extent, Klopp) and LVG?
Willingness to blood, use and build around younger players.
Favouring a high intensity game through pressing and/or controlling the ball.
Strong adherence to a ‘philosophy’ and getting players to buy in to it.
Requiring more on a collective mentality than individual players.
Could it be that United simply did not have the squad suited to LVGs methods and he might’ve thrived under a younger squad like Spurs or Liverpool? Or are managers like Klopp and Poch taking a system developed by people like LVG and building on it?
The troubles at United with the squad depth and the money spent have been well publicised. I remember there being a recent discussion about bigger clubs having more pressure to sign bigger names and this might factor in to some of the signings but it is one of those footballing sliding doors moments. Would Spurs have made this much progress under LVG? Would Kane, Eriksen, Lamela, Rose, and Walker (all at the club before Poch) have made this much of an improvement under a different manager?
Worth thinking about.
Ethan (Avoiding teaching right now), Portsmouth
Young as a striker made sense
For f*ck’s sake. LVG put Ashley Young on up front because:
a) Spurs’ central defence is excellent
b) They also have two good holding midfielders in Dier and Dembélé
c) As a result the central striker is on a hiding to nothing (it was the same for Kane, the way LVG set up United’s defence, but he concentrated on working his arse off)
The idea was therefore, quite Cruyffy:
x) Ashley Young works his arse off
y) All his running about drags the central defenders around
z) Creating space for Martial to cut into off the wing.
LVG spelt it out after the match, but as usual people just prefer to shout “You’re b*llocks” at him. Okay, it didn’t work. But it makes sense if you listen.
Also, Manchester United fans getting upset about being fifth in the league: welcome to what it was like for everyone else for 20-odd years. Get used to supporting a normal team, you entitled t*sspots.
Wilson “lost his audience in the last paragraph” Beuys
Origi v Martial
I’m not entirely sure I agree with Will F that Origi looks a superior player to Martial, though I won’t deny being very excited by his upside and his current hot streak. And, as Kaz points out, Martial has actually scored more than Origi in total this season. Here’s a bit of context, though:
Martial (since joining Man U): 38 Starts, 6 Subs, 3050 Total Minutes, 13 G, 3 A
Origi: 13 Starts, 16 Subs, 1085 Total Minutes, 8 G, 2 A
Martial has both started and played about 3 times as often as Origi. Yet Origi is averaging a goal every 136 minutes; Martial is bagging one every 235 minutes.
One could argue that Martial’s tremendous potential may see him blow past Origi long-term. One could also argue that, considering the price difference (£10M v £36M, at best), the fact that they’re roughly the same age, and that they’re both playing their first season in England, Origi looks like the better deal so far.
Or instead of worrying about that, we could all just sit back and appreciate that these two tremendously talented young strikers are coming of age in the EPL, and we get the pleasure of watching them both.
Andrew English (LFC in Saigon)
I cannot be the only one who finds this Origi is better than Martial (and vice-versa) argument tiresome? It’s tribal one-upmanship at it’s very worst and whilst it’s always fun to WUM (some United fans are still in counselling over my Dimiflop Berbaflop) can we not just enjoy the fact that they are both exciting prospects and enjoy them for what they are!? Happy that both are plying their trade in the self styled Best League In The World TM!?
Now, I happen to think Martial’s goal against us was flukey; aided by a par-for-the-course weak challenge by Skrtel (more on him later) but given the dogshit football served up by Long Ball Louis’ expensively assembled band of mercenaries I can see why they’re excited about him. At £36M before add-ons, if he ends up costing them the reported £57.6M due to achievements then it will be seen as a relative snip I’m sure. He may the most expensive teenager in the history of the game but the pointers are good, very good. After a litany of terrible and expensive purchases by United of late he looks like a good ‘un. I’d love to have him at our place. Imagine the KloppMeister working his magic with him…?
I watch a fair amount of Ligue 1 and was surprised Divock was in the worst 11 of the season. He put me in mind of a young Lord Of The Manor Of Frodsham and I was terribly excited to see Djibril finally snagged for us back in the day. £10M might well prove to be a snip but for now I’m happy he’s fit and firing. I always knew he wasn’t as bad as the French press (or F365) portrayed and he has all the tools… We’ll see how it goes but I think it’s already clear he’s not as bad as our Big Belgian Bun lumbering up top and costing £32M! Did we buy Benteke just so he’d stop scoring against us?
Anway, let’s just be happy we get to see them before (if their progress trajectories continue as they well might) they’re bought up by the La Liga 2, PSG etc in their prime as seems to be the case more readily these days. I had to laugh at Steve (I really don’t like him), Los Angeles’ views on Martin. I too detest the prick. I’ve lost count of how many goals his poor positioning and weak physical stature has cost us. If ever someone’s hardness was diametrically opposite to how frightening they look then it’s Skrtel. I think Steve was published a few months back on the very same subject and he started by saying “let’s get one thing straight, I don’t like him” and proceeded to defenstrate Skrtel. I found myself nodding entirely in agreement with Steve. I can see why oppo fans hate him too the amount of penalties he get’s away with.
Gregory Whitehead, LFC
Doing What Champions Do
A note about Leicester (you may have heard of them) – it strikes me that this season I’ve not heard much of the usual boring old cliche that always gets trotted out at this time of year, when the league leaders are churning out nasty 1-0 away victories. You know the one, altogether now:
They’re Doing What Champions Do – They’ve Learned How To Win When They’re Not Playing Well
Instead, what I have heard plenty of is: Hey, Leicester are a bit boring actually; Oh, Leicester look tired don’t they; Blimey, this Leicester side is quite rubbish really; Well the Prem is bad this year, it’s like watching a Championship side win it; and so on.
Imagine Conte’s first move when he takes over at Chelsea is to take £500m of Roman’s absolutely 100% clean money and buy the whole Leicester squad. Then this time next year, we’re watching the same group of players seven points clear at the top, just in a different shade of blue.
Would we hear the same sniffy comments? No chance. If it were a big team full of expensive players playing dull football, it would be the usual think pieces churned out by John Firmin et al, i.e. the manager is a tactical genius (translation: the reason you don’t enjoy watching this and I do is because I know more about football)
As for Souness’s ‘like watching a Championship team’ guff: there’s a perception that this year’s premier league has been like that race at the start of Cool Runnings, where the best runners all trip each other up, and whoever’s next in line takes the race by default.
But in truth, there’s no reason to expect Utd or Liverpool to be challenging for the league these days; despite Citeh looking like gods in August, their injury crisis and 6 month collapse wasn’t unpredictable; nor was Mourinho’s traditional third year breakdown. Meanwhile, look at Arsenal – where they are every single season, and Leicester are still miles ahead of them.
Luck is not the reason Leicester are doing well; and luck is not the reason the usual ‘heavyweights’ are managed by idiots with mixed up squads full of injury prone deadweight millionaires. Where you end up in the league is where you deserve to be. As 1-0 still gets you three points, last I heard, you’d think everyone else would have cottoned on by now?
Except when you finish 20th. That’s down to bad luck and conspiracy
Rather be Chelsea than United
Following a spectacularly dismal season, a Chelsea fans’ only option is to look ahead to next year, and to be honest I’m really looking forward to it. A new manager with a reputation for clearing out dead wood, money available for new players, and no European games/travel, next season could be a fun rebuilding exercise. I’m going to stick my neck out early and predict 3rd. I’d certainly much rather be in Chelsea’s position than Man Utd’s – there’s still a distinct possibility that they will start next season with GVL still in charge while negotiating the Europa league. I wouldn’t even wish that on an Arsenal fan.
Marky Mark, London
I’ve just had a look through England’s youth teams, and if we want to have a squad of 23 players with double-barrelled surnames ready for the FIFA World Cup 2030 in Panama/The Moon/Starkiller Base we’re going to need another 7 wunderkinds to emerge, three of which will have to be goalkeepers. We need to start dissuading tall public school kids with quick reactions to avoid working for daddy’s bank, or going straight into officer positions in the military, to instead don a pair of gloves and stand between those sticks damn it. Nevermind going to watch rugby in the pub with your ruddy cheeked mates in their polo shirts, Forsythe-Smythe… The national sport NEEDS you.
Veterans James Ward Prowse and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have creaking limbs by then but will lend vital experience, and hopefully they’ll be managed by a Nevilles-but-less-hapless duo of Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips. The likes of Ashby-Hammond, Taylor-Crossdale, Hudson-Odi and Buckley-Ricketts will lead (far) future football scholars to wonder just how England managed to crash out at the group stage to China despite seemingly having the advantage of 22 men on the pitch.
I’m hoping that Tottenhams youthful fullback Kyle Walker-Peters has an older sister that can quickly reproduce with team mate Kyle Walker, so we can have 13 year old prodigy Kyle Kyle Walker-Peters-Walker (named after both his famous uncle and his. dad) lighting up the tournament and putting the ridiculous singular monikered Brazilians to shame.
Jae (The Brazilians would start using their full names-s*** would get real), Tonbridge
What is the philosophy at your club?
With all this talk of “philosophy” going round clubs at the moment, I’ve been trying to discover what actual philosophy best describes what is driving some of our PL clubs. I think I’ve worked it out for some of them.
Leicester: hedonism –just enjoy the moment, have as much pleasure as you can get
Spurs: Buddhism –particularly where the self is absorbed by the Infinite (team) in order to arrive at un unprecedented Nirvana (being better than Arsenal)
Arsenal: Platonism –seek the ideal Form, which is above and beyond human experience in its perfection, and therefore never attained
Man City : Stoicism –in the face of adversity, injury and occasional defeat, remain unmoved.
Man U: asceticism –the denial of pleasure and beauty of any form, either for one’s supporters or for the players
West Ham: existentialism –one is not predetermined by one’s essence, but free and responsible for one’s existence
Liverpool: optimism –constant confidence, regardless of circumstances, that the true good times are just starting or just ahead
Chelsea : karma –discover what happens when you’ve treated others terribly out of arrogance; then discover how things pick up when you’re a bit more humble
Aston Villa: Christianity –better to give (points) than to receive.
Paul in Brussels
How club football has changed
As we all know this season has been a monumentally surprising season. We may have a very strong chance of a medium sized club only promoted 2 seasons ago winning the league as well as a top 4 not containing 2 or 3 of the so called big 4/5/6.
However the tectonic shift in power from the old established clubs to the new hierarchy has been happening for quiet some time. Of course how you measure the size and power of a club is difficult and subjective, for the purpose of this email I will focus solely on stadiums.
For Euro 96 the FA choose 7 club stadiums along with Wembley to host the games. Next season there is a very real possibility that only two of those stadiums will host premier league football. In addition the 5th biggest club stadium (Sunderland) in the country will also not host premier league football.
You can also see that there will be several stadiums in the 3rd and 4th tier with higher capacities of many premier league stadiums. In fact 25 of the largest 40 stadiums are non-premier league.
This change has not happened over night, the Euro 96 stadium trio of Leeds, Forest and Wednesday have been out of the premier league for a combined time if 45 years. Sunderland and Newcastle have pretty much become yo yo clubs and Villa have been due a relegation for a good 5 years.
20 years ago you would have said there was more chance of Villa, Leeds and Newcastle being the last 3 premier league champions vs City, Chelsea, and whoever wins it this season.
The English lower leagues are turning into the leagues of the sleeping giants.
To finish, I’d like to point out this must be the first story on how crazy the premier league is without mentioning the L word…
We had a few of these…
Dave C, BWFC claims so. Bolton came 6th in 2005, 3 points behind Everton in 4th and a place in the Champions League. Whilst this is impressive in itself, it’s clearly untrue to suggest they missed out on goal difference alone. They finished level on points with Liverpool, below them on goal difference. Liverpool also made the Champions League on account of winning the thing, but had Bolton finished 5th, they’d still have missed out.
Most of the criticism aimed at Gary was justified, but the idea of: ‘Why would somebody who isn’t racist and doesn’t hold racist thoughts say something racist?’ is one that has interested me whenever his topic is discussed. Surely the answer is ‘to cause someone as much hurt as possible with words.’
What I’m trying to get at is even someone who doesn’t hold racist views still knows the hurt and distress they can cause by uttering a racial slur, and if they are trying to inflict as much emotional damage on someone as possible with an insult they know that this will achieve that. It’s still crossing a major line and I find it despicable, but I just thought I’d give my opinion on why someone might say something of that nature if they aren’t a racist.
Please note that I’m not defending the actions of any footballers! Does anyone else think this makes sense or have I (more than likely) got this one all wrong?
Tim, AFC, Ireland
Before we start, just to clarify;
Racism = bad
Vardy did a bad
Vardy said the following: “I wholeheartedly apologise for any offence I’ve caused… It was a regrettable error in judgement I take full responsibility for, and I accept my behaviour was not up to what’s expected of me.”
Vardy has not repeated the offence, retracted his apology or done anything particularly noteworthy off-the-pitch since (to my knowledge).
The key difference between forgetting and forgiving is that the latter is a choice. Shouldn’t we choose to accept the sincerity of his apology and move on?
Thom (Still hoping beyond hope for Leicester’s late collapse), Bristol-based Spur
Hugely enjoyed David Szmidt’s piece on Brno’s stadium. Well written, interesting and exactly the kind of thing the Welcome Guest feature should be for.
However, can I just direct everyone’s attention to David Robins, the shuddering fuckw*t in the comments section? Here’s the exchange:
(People saying nice things about David’s article)
David Robbins: Nicely done. it’s a shame that the paid contributors can’t produce work like this. Their reliance on superficial lists and contrived character pieces really is a damp, milky stain on the trousers of this once adequate website.
Jeremy Aves: Really enjoyed that. Well written and something I would never have known about. Thanks for taking the time to write it David.
David Robins (In Reply To Jeremy): You’re welcome
(More people saying nice things about David’s article)
Yeah, not sure he was talking to you mate. People may well be complaining about the new Facebook comments but if it manages to unearth more shining, 24-carat narcissists like that then I’m all for it!
Joe, LUFC, Telford (If David Robins was playing some sort of arch meta-joke and is actually also David Szmidt then sorry in advance)
Great article on Five ‘f*** knows what their real position is’ players.
But poor James Milner. Previously famous as a “Mr 7 out of/10″ performer, he has now been dropped to a mere 6.5 by F365 towers. A sad, yet accurate assessment.
Honourable mentions for other players with uncertain real positions must surely include Theo Walcott, Daley Blind and Adam Bogdan.
Graeme (witty bracket entry) Glasgow
On seeing the title of this piece, did anyone else just quietly say ‘one from Liverpool and any four from Manchester United please, Rachel’?
James F, BCFC KRO
In response to Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf Lond – as much as I love Star Wars, I’ve never made the correlation between the Watford captain and a Jawaese exclamation.
However every time a commentator mentions Adam Lallana, I repeat his name in a mockney “‘ave a banana!” style. Also any mention of Brazilian midfielder Hernanes is swiftly followed with “…in pyjamas, are coming down the stairs”
It gets very annoying, even to myself.
Dan G, THFC, Aberdeen.
In response to Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London –
No, I do not.
I do, however, sing Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent everytime someone says Divock Origi!
I should get out more……..
Michael Smith, Edinburgh, at work, bored!
Before today Graham, never. After today? Always.
Jon (Utini!) Yido, Boston