Should the FA do more to protect Skillful players?By: Rob | October 19th, 2009
So, after just coming back from injury, and then getting a kicking from Liam Ridgewell, Theo Wallcott will be out for yet another three weeks. I like watching good football. Especially when that good football is coming from an Englishman. So I have to ask the question – should the FA start doing more to protect players who show the slightest bit of skill?
The Premier League has a bit of a reputation for “proper” football. “Proper” in the sense that its tough, takes no prisoners, and that fancy-dan technical ability and flair can take a hike.
I appreciate that. Its part of our history and all. But England produces very few technically skillful players. Joe Cole was one who seemed to magically slip through the net – and it is beginning to catch up with him.
Its 2009. Shouldn’t we be encouraging good football if we aspire to be The Best League in The World EVER? Shouldn’t we try and leave all that Vinnie Jones style, long ball, kick the other guy before he kicks you nonsense in the past where it belongs?
I’m not suggesting we erradicate tackling alltogether. There’s few things more brilliant than a well timed slide tackle. But when we get a team that plays as good football as Arsenal play, it seems sad that pretty much every club comes along and tries to kick seven shades out of their players in an attempt to share a level playing field.
It’d be pretty easy to do it as well. The FA could take a tackle that obviously had take-him-out-the-game intent, and stick a retrospective yellow card/short ban on players. It would not only make them improve their tackling, but also cut out this survival-of-the-biggest “proper” football mentality so many clubs have.
At the end of the day, I’d rather watch an England team with Joe Cole and Theo Wallcott, than with big thugs. Anything that can be done to support that is A Good Thing in my book.