Interesting to see how the various broadcasters are handling the fake crowd noise thing. Amazon are going well over the top. They seem to be playing the soundtrack from a 4-4 thriller. The background hubbub is set to a Spinal Tap 11/10.
Erik Pieters on the wing. Does Dyche want the sack or something?
What's all that about?
They have got some big contract issues I think. At Man City 3 or 4 players took the option not to play, as they are apparently entitled to do as they're not being retained after 30th June. Aaron Lennon and Phil Bardsley were two of them, I think. I'm not sure if they've now been offered contracts.
Have to say, slightly galling to see Pieters and Bardsley on a Premier League football pitch in 2020 while we languish on the verge of relegation to the third tier!
Not only that but more than playing a part in the win. In the case of Bardsley, more chronic judgement in letting him go.
Both were shocking pieces of judgment. Bardsley leaving left us with a knackered Glen Johnson as our first choice right back. We started that season with Diouf as a right wing back! Pieters would still be our first choice left back if he’d stayed, and even if not he would have been fine as a stand in centre back, which would have saved us £ms on the pointless Carter-Vickers, Lindsey and Chester signings.