As the Premier League draws to a conclusion for another year it has become utterly undeniable that in terms of the quality running throughout the league, we’re at a low ebb for the first occasion in quite some time.
From about 7th, or possibly 8th down, the standard of team ranges from average to absolutely appalling. It certainly makes for an entertaining relegation battle but as a spectacle, the football is dire. Speaking about how important football philosophies are to football clubs in the main column this week, it’s quite clear that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of philosophising amongst that rabble of 11 or 12 clubs.
When you actually analyse those aforementioned teams, bar maybe Crystal Palace and Swansea, it’s difficult to identify a playing style or ethos among any of them and that’s maybe the crux of their problems.
The money these clubs receive has become bigger than ever. Where, exactly, is it going? It certainly doesn’t look like it’s being pumped into grassroots coaching or being spent on picking up world class talent. Guidance is badly needed.