Lucas has seen enough!
So weâ€™re a few games into the season, and because making snap judgments is always the safest, most solid way to look at a situation, Iâ€™m going to take a look at whoâ€™s surprised us the most, and who has, well, been led by a bald Dutchman into the middle of the table so far. (Can you tell Iâ€™m talking about Spurs? I wonder.) Anyway, teams pretty much always end the season in the same position they were in after three games, so this should be a fair look.
Manchester City- Congratulations, youâ€™re the new Chelsea. Youâ€™ve got a successful, sublimely annoying manager; a tendency to jump into the transfer fray and outbid other teams from out of nowhere; and, of course, the team is financed by what is most likely dirty money. Live it up, Citizens- youâ€™ll be universally hated within a year.
Wigan Athletic- Antoine Sibierski and Emile Heskey have fired Wigan into the top three. What, I may ask, the fuck. True, theyâ€™ve been beating up on bad teams, but still. Theyâ€™re even getting a little bit crazy, with manager Chris Hutchings suggesting that Heskey deserved an England recall. When you stop laughing, youâ€™ll remember that Wigan have no chance at maintaining any semblance of this form throughout the season, and that when they do get relegated, this early-season spurt will be a distant memory.
Tottenham Hotspur- Ouch. It does hurt, even after turning Derby County into their personal finger puppet, to be putting Spurs into this field. A lack of creativity hurts, as does the lack of a real left-sided midfielder (relying on a teenager for 60+ games?). Martin Jolâ€™s place appears to be safe, and weâ€™ve been looking at Matty Taylor and even Juan Roman Riquelme (how good would he look in white and blue?!) Youâ€™ve got to figure the side has the kind of quality to get back into the race for the top four, or the UEFA Cup at the very least. A very, very solid performance against United on Sunday, perhaps even a win was deserved- and they look to be turning upwards.
Manchester United- Holy shit. Two draws, a win, and a loss, and itâ€™s looking ugly for United. As with Spurs, theyâ€™ve got more than enough quality to challenge, and even with Rooney out, theyâ€™ll inevitably wind up in the top two or three. It would be nice, though, just for one season, to see a team like United fall apart. Maybe it would be good for them to know what the other end of the table feels like. Or maybe that wonâ€™t ever happen, because the Premiership model is broken. That, at least, is a topic for another time.
So Iâ€™m hoping for some discussion in the comments section- are City the new Chelsea, or am I just angry? Are Spurs or united destined for mediocrity? Are Wigan going to make a run? Are there any Wigan fans out there to make an argument either way? (No, no there arenâ€™t.)