I’m writing this on a plane fool.
I’ve got pretty much nothing to go on either. Transfer noise is pretty low key, which is a bit of a shame. I was kind of hoping for something a little more before the world cup… but hey, when are we ever pleasantly surprised by some fast moving squad rehab?
You know what else gets on my wick? Arsene Wenger taking up punditry role for the World Cup.
Now, I know you can work remotely from anywhere, but let’s not pretend that’s what’s going to happen. After the outrageous collapse of the second half of the season, shouldn’t he be keeping his head down, working on deals, working on his back room set up… trying the fix all the issues that occurred last year?
Hey, might be a petulant observation… but Brendan Rodgers is sorting his squad right now making early quick moves. Jose Mourinho is in the country smashing through transfers. Wenger, the man with the biggest concerns is out on a Brazil jolly with the TV stations.
For me, he should take his two weeks in Benidorm and get his arse back in the office. There’s work to be done.
… because when he comes back and says that you can’t get deals done in during a world cup, the first thing I’ll point to is the fact he wasn’t in his office trying to make things happen. When Rome is burning, and you’re the emperor (literally, like, he wears a robe around the training ground), then you’d best not be in… say, Berlin. Not quite sure that analogy worked.
England kick off a bit later in the week. I really hope Jack has a good World Cup. I feel like his is absolute prime meat for the inevitable post world cup tear down. Just don’t get a red card Jack…
One potential superstar to emerge could be the OX. He’s back to playing without fear and hopefully he’ll be suitably charged to make an impact. That heat is going to be intense, but we have a team of outstandingly fit footballers. Liverpool players will be fresher than most and let’s be honest, they’re the core to this world cup.
All the press pushing for a Rooney starting reeks of old England… ‘He’s a superstar, he deserves a start’… Beckham is in the papers pushing his inclusion because opposition teams fear him. Deary me. Wayne Rooney doesn’t deserve a place this season. Hopefully he won’t earn it.
Also, just worth mentioning, I’ve been asked to be the England blogger for Visa this world cup through Metro. It means I’ll be promoting my own content (I write for Metro) on sponsored hashtags like #ChipandPin. I suspect that anyone who has followed the blog for more than three minutes knows I’m not new to self promotion.
Anyway, it’s only for the duration of the tournament, which is likely to be a full three games.
Also, I met one of the guys responsible for the Beats advert. I don’t often stick product adverts, but this advert is outrageously slick. Apparently Neymars dad wrote his own script and all the prematch routines are real. Bastian… what the hell are you doing with your socks you nutter?