It’s Time To Close This Window Sooner


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Noshow says:

    As a Spurs and top flight football fan of some 25 years this ‘melodrama’ encapsulates for me in a nutshell an apathy I have had towards the start of this particular campaign, so much so that I didn’t even so much give a ‘what’s the score’ glance at the Man Utd match yesterday despite it being on a very reasonable time here in NZ.

    Spurs, like so many other clubs, have simply been priced out of the transfer market that is quality players and although there is a certain sense of irony there given the millions we’ve squandered over the years, it doesn’t half hurt when you know your club is behind the right ball right from the start of the campaign, nor does it make for a competitive, or dare I say it, interesting season ahead.

    That aside – and I expect no sympathy from others who’s clubs have suffered the same fate in years gone by, honestly – I do think that clubs need to start taking a hard line on want away players and by proxy their agents.

    Modric’s head may not be ‘in the right place’ but I’m willing to bet that at the end of the day he’d rather be playing first team football than not, even if it’s with a club that refuses to sell him, for this season at least.

  2. Andrew says:

    Can’t agree about Nasri’s performance against Liverpool, even if it doesn’t fit the narrative. He played pretty well – to most people’s surprise, I’d add – and was central to Arsenal’s more dangerous moments. He received a far more positive reception from the crowd than he might have expected to as a result.

    Perhaps the better example would have been his effective refusal to play at Udinese – a Premier League appearance didn’t harm him, a Champions League appearance would literally have cost him.

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