The Premier League has charged Nottingham Forest and Everton for PSR breaches. The Evertonians getting done for a second time. The Premier League put out this statement.
Both clubs have admitted the breaches, all that is left to do is punish, brutal, but this sort of justice is exactly what has been lacking over the past 20 years of Premier League football. Arguably, if we’d had this during the second phase of Arsene Wenger, he might have built better squads and won more trophies.
There’s a bit of consternation in the system about the tonality of the press releases. These statements are a precursor to potentially ruinous impacts on clubs and communities. However, it is hard to push that sort of narrative when the counter is ‘what about the clubs that were relegated after following the rules?’
I’ve also seen people say the whole thing should be changed because it’s only small clubs getting punished. And what’s a bit of overspending anyway?
Here’s where I disagree BIGLY.
You need rules in place and you need to stick to them. The consequence of having no rules or ignoring enforcement is you allow nation-states and oligarchs to pump untold millions into sports clubs that have no tether to reality. If you at least want to fake the idea of fairness, there needs to be safeguards in the league.
The only reason other clubs haven’t been punished is because they are slowballing the process and not admitting liability. There will be an end date for that carry-on, and if they are found guilty, they will also face painful fines and worse… an asterisk on their achievements.
This process the Premier League is going through might not be perfect, their execution in media might feel heartless, but the game will be better for regulations.
We’re already winning as well: Newcastle can’t afford the Kalvin Phillips loan fee and might have to sell a big dog to stay in the right lane for PSR. These rules also help the national game as well. Clubs invest in local talent because selling them gives them more room to spend big. It’s a win-win.
The injury news is looking good for the ‘like a new signing’ January we’re about to have.
Gabriel Jesus will be ready for Forest, so will Zinchenko. Thomas Partey is tracking fitness-wise. I doubt we’ll see him for the first game back, but I’ve no doubt he’ll be ready for the Forest game. Having him available for the Liverpool match will be huge.
Then you have Tomiyasu, who is being rehabbed back into action by the Japanese national team. He didn’t play against Vietnam out of precaution, and the reality is they don’t need to risk him against a team level below them. You might see him feature against Iraq and Indonesia. Two games that could help him get closer to the sort of level that’ll see him slide back into contention when he returns. If they go out round of 16, he’ll be back for Liverpool. If they stay in and get to the final, we’ll have him back for Burnley. My hope is he’s in the mixer for the West Ham game.
Those 4 players change how we play. They give us rotation options. They make us better. The final piece is Timber who will likely make it back end of March or early April. Champions League quarter-finals if we make them!
That’s enough to get me excited. Ok, short post today, see you in the comments. Check out the latest podcast and sorry about the weird sound, the stream was a bit off.