Fun-but-meaningless goal of the day: Tom Huddlestone v Bolton (I have fond memories of this one because it was one of the first Spurs goals I remember seeing that made me jump out of my seat. It came in only my second year of following the team, so that definitely played a part.)
Other thing I’m curious to hear from people on: Am I the only one who doesn’t think Manchester United is going to be that great this year? Neville and Carragher are both saying the title race comes down to City and United. I don’t get it. United’s defense features a top five keeper and a bunch of question marks. Their midfield is Paul Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin, and a bunch of spare parts. The front four is one guy who is too young to be their star man, Anthony Martial, two former stars who are no longer at their best, Rooney and Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mkhitaryan and Pogba are top class footballers, but can they lift United that much? To say a United team that is basically the same as last year’s extremely mediocre side but with Mourinho, past-his-prime Ibra, and two genuine world-class talents is suddenly good enough to leap past Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs and maybe even Guardiola’s Manchester City seems totally bonkers to me. Thoughts?
On to the links:
I need to run through a wall now. Someone point me in the right direction.
Andre Ayew signed for West Ham for £20.5m. The Vincent Janssen signing is looking better and better, eh?
Don’t miss Darlington Nagbe’s sweet assist from MLS this past weekend:
Nagbe with some moves lays off to Jewsbury. 2-0 Timbers. pic.twitter.com/7lEP4I10Px— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) August 7, 2016
Our friends at Fear the Wall wonder if Bayer Leverkusen could be a title contender in Germany this year.
Japan’s top league signs $2b TV deal, hopes to compete with Chinese Super League.