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8 Premier League issues that we should all care about

04 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
8 Premier League issues that we should all care about

The start of the 2015/16 season is the perfect time to consider the state of the game and discuss what matters to us

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger to call a truce

Not because it is important to set a good example to the children all over the world who are watching or because it is fundamentally the right thing to do.

No, simply because hearing these two otherwise excellent managers snipe at each other – most recently following Sunday’s Community Shield – is so tedious and boring.

The pair clearly dislike one another and both believe the other to be inferior on various levels, but like an ill-suited couple arguing in a pub over how much of the duvet they’re entitled to, nobody needs to hear it.

Random calls for technology

This has become a blanket term for managers, fans and even members of the all-encompassing media whenever a wrong decision is made.

Specifics in terms of what technology should be introduced and how it would be implemented, however, are rare.

The sense of injustice and fury felt when an incorrect call goes against your team is familiar, but while the sport should always be proactive regarding what changes can be made to improve the game, it would also be nice to see those who are accountable – including referees – take more responsibility for the standard of their performance.

Infringement equality

Cesc Fabregas is booked for diving

A rarely-acknowledged hypocrisy in the Premier League is how different offences are judged. There is no difference between a striker going down easily in the box and a defender ambiguously ‘doing enough’ to put off their opponent.

But while the former is treated with widespread dismay, the latter regularly receives gritty admiration from those who yearn for the good old days.

On the rare occasions when an incident – shirt pulling at a corner, for instance – is discussed, the go-to response is that there would be multiple penalties a game if referees were to blow up every time.

That, then, suggests it is a greater issue than, say, simulation.

Either treat the two equally – and introduce appropriate punishments – or accept that craftily seeking to gain an advantage is, to borrow one of the sport’s most popular clichés, is part and parcel of the game.

Official club Twitter accounts to acknowledge the opposition

There is more than enough partisan support on each respective club feed to not misconstrue an accurate reporting of the game as some sort of betrayal.

Not doing so is patronising to those supporters who are both relying on the feed for in-game updates and rational enough to realise that there is a chance their side might concede a goal.

Respect in the stands

Minute's applause

When someone proudly declares that holding a door open represents their ‘good deed for the day’, the worry is whether they intend to spend the rest of it doing anti-social things like sneaking into queues at the post office or throwing their recyclable plastic bottles into the rubbish bin.

So while there is much to admire about a set of supporters taking the time to show appreciation for a worthy cause, there is a danger – if we are not there already – of it becoming a little trite.

Of course, the applause tends to be entirely justified, but the gesture is undermined when the fan who has just overtly paid his/her respects then showers a mouthful of abuse on the opposition’s right-winger because he had the audacity to come over and whip in a corner for his team.

Stadiums would be a better place if the camaraderie and admiration on show during that minute was also prevalent in the other 89.

Insightful analysis

As the summer transfer window deadline looms, expect plenty of broadcasting time to be allocated to where and how certain clubs need to strengthen.

If one of the big six, listen out for how often it is said the club in question need a ‘world-class’ or ’20-goal-a-season’ striker. Quite who wouldn’t benefit from such a stellar addition is a mystery. Arsenal need a new forward? Tell us who and why.

Live broadcasting is difficult, but the sheer breadth of TV coverage all over the world has enabled a plethora of ex-players to never have to muddy their kit on a training pitch or take a job outside of football if they do not want to.

Followers of the game have never been more well-informed, either, so the need for genuine insight is imperative.

With prices of channel subscriptions likely to spike, it is crucial pundits approach their role with the same dedication they demonstrated as players.

Harry Kane to score lots of goals

Harry Kane

It is strange that a striker who prevented last season’s Premier League top-scorer Sergio Aguero from being named in the PFA Team of the Year is not considered a certainty to enjoy another prolific season.

Despite him scoring regularly in the Europa League and Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor being woefully out-of-sorts, Harry Kane only started his first Premier League game in November, thus demonstrating just how tough it is for home-grown players to be afforded an opportunity.

And while many seem keen to write off the 21-goal (31 overall) Kane as a one-season wonder, it is vital for the player and his club – plus every young player in the country who is attempting to gain the trust of their manager – that he isn’t.

To be proud of itself

The Premier League is imperfect for a slew of reasons – many of which have been discussed in this piece. But there is plenty to boast about, too.

The guarantee of compelling sporting theatre, for one, but also its inclusivity.

While concerns over the development of home-grown players are legitimate, it is impressive to observe the diversity of cultures on display during any given Saturday lunchtime, Sunday afternoon or Monday night.

Football does not receive enough recognition for the progressive role it plays in society – the truth is that there a few billion-dollar industries which are as diverse.

There is no room for complacency, though, and the next step is for that representation on the pitch to be reflected in club offices and boardrooms.

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