Do you ever wake up and all you want to do is unnecessarily swear?
I do. Really badly. Not sure I’ve been in the new environment to fully express myself in that way yet… which makes it all the more tempting.
Anyway, enough about me. What’s going on with you?
We have more important things to talk about.
Or do we?
No, we don’t. Ozil captained Germany for a bit the other night. Really not overly fussed about that. I mean, I love Ozil, but he’s not really captain material, unless the Arsene Wenger silent treatment is back in as a motivating factor.
I was thinking about all of this nonsense with quotas. Apparently, at least three players will have to have been with the club for 3 years from 15. If I were a young English kid right now, I’d be pulling out all the stops to be the third choice keeper. What a sweet lifestyle. No one really fusses over you in the press, you hang out with footballers so you get to go to all the cool parties and you can get fat off a major deal because of your passport.
That’s the thing, these new rules take the meritocracy out of the game. You’re important and pricey because you’re homegrown or English. We’re looking to improve the national squad, but what we do is we put all the ok players into good teams, they don’t play, so don’t develop.
I mean, look at our English core that we signed 2 years ago.
Gibbs (£55k pw): Just lost his place to Nacho. Doesn’t seem to progress as a player.
Theo (£100k pw): Good player. One dimensional. Looking for a pay hike despite being injured most of the last 2 years, mainly because he’s English.
WELBZ (£70k pw): Good squad player. Doesn’t score enough goals. Gets England games because the coach likes him.
Jenks (£35k pw): Ok right back, about to be replaced at right back by Glen Johnson. An uncertain future unless it’s bantzing online.
Ramsey (£120k pw): Had a serious bout of regression after looking world class last year.
Wilshere (£90k pw): Based on his behaviour and what you’ve seen of him this year, would you say he’s indispensable?
Chambo (£60k pw): LOVE HIM. But always injured.
Our English core are mostly and expensive after thought in our squad. If it weren’t for their passports, how much love would there be for them? How much would they be worth salary wise?
Being English is more important than being talented. Our good players are being used to tick boxes. Our FA don’t see that and are making the problem worse. It’s ridiculous.
Anyway, there it is!
I don’t have much else on…