Pet peeve of mine. Ex-players talking about how they got shit-faced before a game then scored a hattrick. Nice one. You were reckless. Your career never blew up because of it. Not sure you should be celebrating that.
Secondly. Seems like the comments section of Le Grove has turned austere in times of plenty. No one seems to fancy Dembele, preferring to invest in a creaking squad. I have to say, as much as I love the French international, spanking out £100m on one player at the minute feels a touch luxurious. We really do have very serious issues that are going to be exposed like a loose plaster trying to cover an axe wound.
Still, it is nice to see the club addressing the issues, well, if the rumours are to be true.
Pepe of Lille seems like a very hot target, and at £40m, could be a shrewd purchase. Sarr of Rennes has also been linked, could be electric if he carries on honing his craft. No doubt other clubs will be into him, like Chelsea, but we are a draw now, no doubt. We’re looking at Ramires (pictured above) from Brazil who is a center midfielder who can get about the pitch. he’s only made 11 appearances, but he’s bossed them, scored some good goals and it looks like Sven is prepared to take a risk and strike early. I LOVE that we’re trying to be a more elite Dortmund. There are also tender links to Emerson, a young Brazilian right back.
Great thing these days is this… if it looks like a hole, affects your team like a hole, it’s probably a hole in the squad the club will address within one window.
In other sexy news… Aaron Ramsey… the best Welshman in the world.. has apparently made a decision. BAYERN MUNICH. That’d be a great move for him. Germany is a wonderful country, Bayern is a huge team, they’d find a way of making him work in their setup. Well, I hope so anyway. One thing you can be sure of, he won’t be making £300k a week there… but he’ll probably win the league and be mighty well off regardless.
In Chelsea news, this BOMBSHELL dropped.
According to documents obtained by Football Leaks, and published on Thursday by the Danish newspaper Politiken, Chelsea employed Sten Christensen as an overseas scout on the same day they signed his son, Andreas, from Brondby in 2012.
Alleged copies of Chelsea’s consultancy agreements, published by Politiken, state that Sten started working for the London club on July 1 2012, the same day as his son, and was paid £11,400 per month plus VAT for four years – a total of £656,640 – while he was still working for Brondby as a goalkeeping coach.
Oh my, Chelsea, what have you done? It gets worse…
‘The Football Leaks documents also claim Manchester City, another of the five Premier League clubs under investigation by Fifa’
Now, I think we can safely assume Arsenal are not one of the clubs. I heard from a good source that we missed out on M’Bappe because we wouldn’t pay his family a chunk of cash to move to us. The big question here is this: What are FIFA going to do?
There’s talk of 2-year transfer bans. Can you imagine? It’d be unreal to watch Pep and the Manchester monstrosity function without adding six £70m players every transfer window. I mean, they’d be fine, but still, someone needs to get a grip of football.
The game is slipping away from the fans. No one has stepped in to stop blood money washing into the Premier League. No one has stopped Manchester City flagrantly break the rules. No one stopped Qatar even when it became clear they bribed their way to the World Cup.
Who and what is going to get in the way when a group of 16 or so clubs decide European football can operate like the NFL? No relegation. No way to creep into the league. I’d be appalled. As nice as it is to play great teams every week, I have a deep affection for the football of my own country. I love the rough and tumble of the league, I love the office rivalries, I love the away days I don’t go to any more.
My one hope if the Super League comes to fruition is that the fans absolutely reject it.
Football fans held captive by their bond. Shit kick-off times, expensive shirts, tickets, pies and beers… but there is always a limit to the love. I think destroying the domestic game is a gross misunderstanding of what makes football great. I’d love to see the greed punished
Big up Matty G for dropping a masterclass for France U21.
Big up the Premier League for voting in VAR next season. The masochists will be upset. Must be horrible knowing the chances of your weekend being ruined by a bad result just dropped by about 90%.
Before I go, a quick productivity tip. I was burning 4 hours a day on my mobile phone. I ditched all the apps consuming my life (remember, I work on the internet and social media is my livelihood), and it’s been great. The time I’ve wasted online gets funneled into things like reading, creating and socialising. My head feels free when I’m not thinking about those sexy, radiant, moreish red alerts on my phone. Highly recommended. Though it was sad today when all I wanted to do was post an Instagram story of the snow with the caption ‘Happy SnowYay.’
ALSO, BIG branches from four trees fell down on my road today and someone was killed by a falling tree outside a pal’s apartment. Be careful people, trees ain’t what they used to be.
Right, that’s me done. Check out my solo podcast. The reviews were pretty good. Moving forward, I think there’s no need to go a week without dropping some dirty self-aggrandising opinions.