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All Things Footie | Monday, December 30 | Jordan

Half Term Report

It's a little late I know.

It would be easy to blame a busy Christmas (which I have had); but I must also confess that I've been a little lazy and unmotivated. My new year's resolution is to make more of an effort with all things footie. I've been working on lots of different things recently and this has kind of been on the back burner.

Without further ado, I feel the need for a mid season review.

I think it can safely be said that this is the most open Premiership race in the history of the division. The wonderful thing for fans of English football is that at the same time last season we were thinking exactly the same thing. With a new TV contract being lined up — for around the same billion pound figure as the current deal — the future's looking rosy too. It's a real shame that the same can't be said for the lower divisions, where there really is some superb talent waiting to be discovered.

At the start of the season, I thought Leicester would make an immediate return to the Premiership and I still think so now. They play the right kind of football to win division one, they've got a cracking new stadium and a fine manager in Mickey Adams. If I were to offer a sneaky promotion tip it would be on Paul Hart's Nottingham Forest; and I suspect big things are ahead for Forest's young centre half Michael Dawson.

Relating to my pre-season predictions; Liverpool still need width, El Hadji Diouf's firepower seems to have been overlooked and most teams in the top half of the division are still out scoring them. Arsenal seem to have abandoned any form of youth development and despite a stunning spell on loan at Reading, Matthew Upson hasn't forced his way into the first team. Yet.

I thought Chelsea could challenge — and challenge they are doing — though it would seem predicting only top four was being a bit miserly. United didn't sign Crespo, Ronaldo or Damien Duff; and if they want to win the league, there's no doubt in my mind that they need another World Class striker.

On a different topic, I'm sure that any move to limit Premiership teams to a certain number of ‘foreign’ players will fail before it's even begun. The main stumbling block being the fact that, in the eyes of European law, residents of EU countries are not foreigners in an EU country. Teams (indeed, matchday squads) are already limited to 3 non EU players and I think it very likely that any further move will fail in Brussels.

The way the proposers have tried to avoid this argument is in the wording. By saying that a certain number of English players must be in the team you're not explictly restricting non-English players. I really don't think that even this carefully worded semantic fiddle will wash in the long run.

I hope you all had a great a Christmas and that the new year will be even better. May 2003 be a prosperous 365 days for everyone.

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