Which Premier League side has the most exciting players at its disposal?


Some people will say I have been a little obsessed with Liverpool this season. My constant pointing out that we are above them this weekend, despite according to the press them being the best side since a team of Allied prisoners of drew 4-4 with a German team in 1981.

My comments have been partly in jest, but also to point out the influence the media have on peoples opinions and the fact that brilliant Liverpool are behind Arsenal, and only a single point ahead of crisis club (according to the media) Chelsea.

Liverpool are massively overhyped, and I have no shame in continually pointing it out. Then a few days ago this was published: Premier League front-runners: Who has what it takes to finish top?

Within the pointless article created just to generate hits (which I have then increased by linking to it within this blog), was a comment about Liverpool:


Yes, you read that right, Jurgen Klopp, apparently, has the Premier League’s most exciting team at his disposal.

28 goals have been scored in Liverpool’s games this season. The league high. So on paper, with Liverpool 4th, they must be lighting up the Premier League. But then 10 of those have been goals conceded by Liverpool. So it is not as much Liverpool playing exciting football, more that they are involved in exciting games due to an inability to defend.

This weeks 0-0 draw with Man U was the first time this season they had kept a clean sheet in the league. And 13 of the 18 goals they have scored this season have been in just 3 games. And in only 2 of the 8 games have they won by more than a single goal.

Moving on so I do not look too obsessed, the comments in the Mail about Liverpool got me thinking. Who actually does have the most exciting team in the Premier League.

Now to narrow it down, let’s look at the front 4, as essentially, that is where the magic happens:

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi

Tottenham: Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela, Dele Alli, Christian Ericksen

Liverpool: Firmino, Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana

Chelsea: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar

Everton: Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley

Man U: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Starting at the top, Manchester City’s front 4, when fit, is electric. Pace, power and precision. Expensively assembled, there is not a weak link.

In Sanchez and Ozil, Arsenal have 2 players who can rival Aguero and de Bruyne in terms of ability and influence. Theo Walcott is in the form of his life and Alex Iwobi is the most exciting youngster in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s front four is a mixture of flicks, tricks and free kicks. Son is like a poor mans Sanchez. Like Liverpool, they have been described recently as the most exciting team in the Premier League, but with 13 scored and just 4 conceded, they are a side built on defending, not attacking.

As for Liverpool, it just screams out average. Firmino is a good player, but not where near as good as Aguero and Sanchez. Coutinho is the most overrated player in the league who scores the odd wonder goal, but does very little else in terms of output. Sadio Mane is streaky, and Lallana is average.

Diego Costa is currently the Premier League top scorer. Eden Hazard is still failing to hit the heights of a few years ago. And Willian is like Coutinho, scores a few wonder goals.

Everton’s front 4 is actually interesting. In Lukaku they have someone who really should be playing at a higher level. Bolaise is exciting to watch, but doesn’t score or assist many. Good for the highlights reel and Soccer AM crowd. I have always like Mirallas, and Ross Barkley is another one who will score the odd great goal, but is inconsistent.

On paper, Man U have a group of exciting players and exciting youth. By Ibrahimovic is past it and struggling with the pace of the Premier League, the most excitement Pogba has delivered this season is in his adverts and hair cuts, Martial is a talent, and Rashford is highly rated due to his passport (imagine if Iwobi was still English?).

So who has the most exciting players at their disposal in the Premier League? For me it is Manchester City. Hot on their tails Arsenal:

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Calling out Rio Ferdinand


So Rio Ferdinand has piped up over Arsenal players taking a “selfie” in the changing room after yesterdays victory over Ludogorets.

Firstly, taking into account Rio Ferdinand loves a selfie, you would think he would actually know what they are.

Ferdinand took the above in 2010, posting it too his Twitter account in support of his England teammates at the World Cup. He was out injured. England did not win the cup. Maybe he should have saved the selfies until the team had their hands on the trophy?


Note the extending right arm, holding the camera, taking a picture of himself. That is a selfie.

Now see the difference in the pictures. If, like Ferdinand, you are too dim to realise what a selfie is, The Arsenal one was not in fact a selfie.


The Arsenal picture was taken by Stuart MacFarlane. For those who do not know him, or follow him on Twitter, he is the Chief Photographer at Arsenal Football Club. It is his job to take the photos of players training, playing, signing and celebrating. He creates a historical documentation of Arsenal Football Club via the medium of photography.

So according to Rio Ferdinand, a photograph of a player who scored a hat trick, holding his match ball, surrounded by his team mates, should not happen?

Unsurprisingly Rio Ferdinand has forgotten what he previously said about selfies.

It is not a surprise that Ferdinand has forgotten something. After all, this is a man shamefully banned for 8 months for forgetting he had a drugs test, and going shopping instead.

Of course, I am sure Ferdinand is happy with selfies when he has a rubbish hat to sell.


Or when he wants to show off that he is on a private plane.


And nothing says rich than a selfie on the runway, next to the plane.

selfie-planeOr when the sponsors tell him to eat something.


And of course, he has no regard for road safety. A selfie driving? Why not.


And it seems for Ferdinand it is case of “What happens on tour stays on tour”


And he always seems to be trying to flog those hats.

selfie-5And finally, who can forget Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups, where, in the lead up to the 2006 World Cup, Ferdinand filmed a hidden camera Punk’d style show where he played pranks on fellow English team mates. After each prank, say those legendary words “You got merk’d!.”

What a way to prepare for representing your country at the highest level.

Now get back in your box you cleft lipped mug.



Time for British sports journalists to stop nicking a living

image1Traditionally, a journalists job, whether working in print media, radio or TV was to investigate and report the news. Factually.

Over the last decade, as newspaper circulation levels have tumbled due to the rise of the internet and alternative news source online rather than your traditional newspaper, they have had to adapt, change.

With less and less sales every year, circulation down 25% in just a year, newspaper groups had to move with the times. The revenue and profit was now to be from online advertising revenue, generated by clicks and hits.

Whereas 20 years ago, people used to buy their favourite newspaper, whether it be The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Mirror or The Sport. They would rarely pick up another rag, bar perhaps on a Sunday when they would pick up a broadsheet to read in the garden all afternoon. They were set in their ways. Probably bought the same paper as their parents, and their kids would follow their ways.

image1In 2016, people are not as loyal. They go onto news aggregators such as News Now, or log onto Twitter, Facebook, etc, look at headlines, and decide whether to click the article. They do not care much for a source.

On a side note, this has led to a load of rubbish blogs starting up who just link to players all day long without mentioning the players name. They are not trying to report a story, they are just trying to get a hit on their website.

The likes of goal.com was one of the first ‘non blog’ news sites to start doing this as well. We now see the likes of The Metro linking hundreds of players to sides to get them clicks, to get that ad revenue.


Whilst the mainstream papers have not yet gone fully down this route – they at least have half decent sources to go with their fabricated stories – they get their hits with sensationalist headlines. And rather than report the news, they now employ more and more journalists to write opinion pieces, blogs, and then wrap them up and present them as actual news pieces.

Without realising, earlier in the week I linked to what I thought was a news article about Granit Xhaka and red cards. It wasn’t. It was an opinion piece, a blog, from Spencer Morgan, bastard son of the grass Piers. He is not a journalist who has done his time, working his way up from free local newspapers, through the system, to then become a well respected football writer. He is a jumped up twat who has got a gig writing opinion pieces for The Daily Mail due to who his dad is. But it gets hits.

And this is where the experienced time-served journalists have had to change the way they operate.

Rather than be known and paid for investigative journalism, well written articles and book deals, they are now judged on how many hits their articles get, how much ad revenue they create. And this creates a race to the bottom. Each one trying to out do the other fabricating a story, chasing the hits.

What they also need is a big online presence. A huge Twitter following. As the more that follow you on Twitter, the more that are likely to click your article when it is published online. There are some journalists (not naming names) who have clearly gotten new gigs as senior, or even chief sports writers at papers purely based on how many Twitter followers they can bring with them.

This leads to a massive dumbing down of the articles produced. As newspapers chase ad revenue with the sensationalist headlines and journalists chase followers with simplistic articles. No longer is it about the most newsworthy story, it is about the most hit-worthy story.

It is time for journalists to stop nicking a living. Write about what is happening in the world.

Report the story, don’t create the story. Stop nicking a living.