Mediawatch: The 14 better than Kante this season

Date published: Tuesday 10th May 2016 12:07

Theo-nly way is up
‘Theo Walcott to quit Arsenal and is on verge of agreeing deal to sign for West Ham,’ reads The Sun’s headline.

‘The England winger may be ready to quit Arsenal for the promise of regular first-team football,’ reads the ‘exclusive’ by Duncan Wright.

Mediawatch gets far too grumpy about this, but can we please stop talking about players ‘quitting’ clubs?

Walcott is not ‘quitting’, because he is under contract. If he leaves Arsenal, he has been sold because he is not fit for  purpose.


Nailed it

‘Manchester United have ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to sign Benfica star Renato Sanches’ – Metro, February 24.

‘Manchester United in Benfica talks over Renato Sanches transfer’ – Metro, March 9.

‘Renato Sanches follows Manchester United on Instagram amid transfer speculation’ – Metro, March 26.

‘Manchester United edging closer to Renato Sanches deal after telling Benfica they’ll pay up to £40m’ – Metro, April 3.

‘Insider reveals the £46.7m transfer Manchester United are close to agreeing for Renato Sanches’ – Metro, April 26.

‘Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira holds talks with Manchester United over Renato Sanches transfer’ – Metro, April 28.

‘Jose Mourinho gives green light for Manchester United to sign Renato Sanches and John Stones’ – Metro, April 30.

‘Renato Sanches prepared to seal transfer to Manchester United before Euro 2016’ – Metro, May 5.

‘Barcelona resigned to missing out on Benfica star Renato Sanches as Manchester United near deal’ – Metro, May 7.

Lesson: Never over-estimate Ed Woodward.


Some more delicious online debate
‘England squad Roy Hodgson should take to Euro 2016 – but won’t’ – Daily Telegraph website.

Yes, they ‘should’ take Karl Darlow, Danny Simpson, Mark Noble, Marc Albrighton, Aaron Cresswell, Scott Dann and Jermain Defoe to France. Of course they sodding well should.

Mediawatch looks forward to the reasoned reaction of Telegraph writers when all seven are picked by Roy Hodgson.


A grave situation
‘Is this the way to remember a legend? 50 years after his finest hour, Sir Alf Ramsey’s final resting place is a humble grey stone in the corner of an unassuming cemetery,’ reads the headline on Sam Tonkin’s piece on MailOnline.

‘He [Ramsey] will be widely remembered this summer on the 50th anniversary of England’s victorious World Cup campaign which ended with a 4-2 victory against Germany,’ Tonkin writes. ‘But there is no mention of his sporting achievement on the grey gravestone. Instead there is only a personal tribute from his widow Lady Victoria.’

Mediawatch knows meaningless outrage when we see it, and this is spectacular.

Ramsey’s final resting place is the business of his family, not MailOnline. If there is no reference to England’s World Cup win on his gravestone, it’s probably because his family preferred to remember him as a husband and father. Anyone wishing to pay their respects to Ramsey’s sporting achievements can visit his statue outside Portman Road.

“It’s almost as though Sir Alf’s family wanted it this way, most likely acting upon his own wishes,” Ipswich fan Simon Young is quoted as saying in the article. We couldn’t say it better ourselves.


Experience is key
On the Sky Sports website, Stuart Pearce has picked his England squad to go to Euro 2016. He’s included Leighton Baines, and has an explanation:

“Leighton Baines has got a lot of tournament experience. I still think he’s an outstanding full-back. We’ve had a lot of left-backs over the year with Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand also playing for England, and they are all pushing for the position. I just went with Baines’ experience.”

That’s Leighton Baines with two tournament appearances for England.


Full-kit ranker
It’s been a fair while since we visited Sky Sports’ power rankings, but with one week left of the season it’s time to treat ourselves. Particularly as we are provided with a list of the ‘season rankings’ after week 37.

The best bits:

– Alexis Sanchez has had a better season than N’Golo Kante.
– Olivier Giroud has been Arsenal’s third-best player, ahead of Hector Bellerin.
– Nicolas Otamendi has been better than Mousa Dembele.
– Kevin de Bruyne has been Manchester City’s fifth-best player, worse than Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov and Yaya Toure.
– Alberto Moreno has been Liverpool’s third-best player.

Feel the power.


Money, money, money
Writes Dan King in The Sun on West Ham’s stadium move:

‘But just as City have flourished since moving into the former Commonwealth Games stadium, so Noble thinks West Ham can achieve great things at the Olympic Stadium.’

Yes, it was definitely the stadium move that got City going, including the 16th-place finish in their first season there. Though we can think of 17 billion other reasons.



Up at 6.45am? Hard to even imagine the pain.


Quote of the day
“It’s a bit like dumping your girlfriend because she may be getting a bit old and leaving her for a new, younger, better looking model. But while she may look the part, you don’t know what she’s really like as a person and that’s the risk” – David Brent Martin Allen on West Ham’s stadium move.


‘Unfortunate’ headline of the day
‘LEAKED: FA reveal England’s Euro 2016 squad – Walcott and Welbeck OUT but Shaw and Wilshere IN’ – The Sun’s website get ‘fooled’ by a fake tweet.

And no, they obviously didn’t take it down. Because clicks.


Worst headline of the day
‘White Hart Lallana’ – The Sun. Have we been saying his name incorrectly all this time? (No).


Recommended reading of the day
Swiss Ramble on Sunderland 

Paolo Bandini on Luca Toni 

Henry Cooke on Sven-Goran Eriksson 


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