Chatting Wham

Fekir-ist’s sake

Liverpool la. Just when you think they’ve sussed it and things are about to go well, Nabil Fekir comes along to ruins our delusions. The signing of Fabinho set a really good tone, that we were putting the Champions League defeat behind us and moving on quickly. It came out of nowhere too and it looked like Fekir would be next through the door. The days went by and the signs on Twitter was ‘a deal is near, just sit tight.’ So we get to Friday and it looks like it is imminent. Then, as quickly as the Fabinho deal was announced, the deal was called off. Why? A knee issue in his medical. The lad who played forty plus games last season, scored twenty goals in all competitions and is about to play in the World Cup apparently has a dicky knee. For fucks sake! To make it worse we had even done an interview and photo shoot with him. Going through the formalities of a presentation before the deal is even done is probably the most Liverpool thing I’ve ever heard. Now they’re saying we aren’t going to sign a new goalkeeper either. We will defo end up with Jack Butland in goal. Anyone got a spare noose?

World Cup fever update

In a nutshell, I’m now losing my shit. I’ve been given Uruguay to write about over on footballfootball.football, which I am so happy about. They are my type of team, an underdog who has a real chance with a young, vibrant team and the odd dash of quality veterans. Couldn’t have got anyone better personally. I’ve got my two teams in the work sweep. I suppose I was due some bad luck after getting Uruguay in the RonnieDog draw, so I wasn’t surprised when I got Poland and Costa Rica. I have my RonnieDog World Cup wall-chart on the wall and I have my sticker book decently populated so far. I also have my kids looking forward to it as well and my eldest even has her own sticker book, meaning swaps on tap. This also means that my bird is now outnumbered when it comes to a democratic vote over what to watch on telly over the next few weeks. My evil plans for corruption and invasion in my house are in place. I am a footballing evil genius!

England, coz we have to

I am contractually obliged to mention this because apparently people still care. Well, I don’t and the higher-ups at RonnieDog didn’t specifically tell me in what tone I had to speak about, so this is me sticking it to the man. England are shit, Gareth Southgate’s a fraud and everybody is going to be dead disappointed in about two weeks after they go out thanks to losses against Tunisia, Belgium and Panama. Honestly, the tepid attempts to make this England team seem likeable and worthy of getting behind are becoming quite annoying. This happens, tournament after tournament, before they get knocked out and we’re all told to hate them again. The media in this country love to build people up before knocking them down and convincing us it’s the right thing to do. I also can’t back players that I have for nine months of the year, such as Jesse Lingard. It doesn’t feel right, I feel like I’m lying to myself. Nah, you can keep your England. The Premier League fixtures are announced on Friday.