I heard something ever so amusing on a national radio station recently. It was a Chelsea fan telling us how bad the Premier League was this season.
This, he claimed, was the conclusion of all football fans he knew. Which, we swiftly found out, didn’t extend beyond fans of Arsenal, Spurs or his beloved Chelsea.
‘How can this be a good Premier League season when you’ve got the likes of Hull winning at the Emirates or a club the size of Spurs in the relegation zone?’
I was so stunned I was close to going off the road. Instead, I opted for the more ‘No Claims’ friendly approach of telling you why that is utter piffle.
Now I don’t care much for Stoke City. Their football is ugly and their manager wears a baseball cap. Not good for a middle aged man.
But I can only smile that for the entire first half of the season the top flight’s aristocracy couldn’t work out how to deal with a Stoke City throw-in.
I have also applauded Aston Villa’s attempts to break into the top four. And stay there.
All of a sudden, Arsene Wenger is twitching as much as his north London managerial counterpart.
And speaking of Harry Redknapp wasn’t it amusing seeing the name ‘Tottenham Hotspur’ at the bottom of the pile on Saturday night.
Let’s face it, the Premier League has become the new Championship, which has, frankly, lost its edge.
Wolves will probably win the title and whichever two out of Reading or Blues lose the fewest number of games between now and May will probably join them. How exciting.
But the Premier League has been great this season. Six points separates the top five this season, with all sides proving that you are allowed to lose the odd game AND still win the title.
The days of a glorious Arsenal side marching to the title without losing a game or Chelsea boring us to tears while Jose smiles his oily smile are gone.
This season, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has combusted, both verbally and contractually, Luis Felipe Scolari is looking more bewildered with each game. Arsene Wenger has been knocked down a peg or two, which is also a major positive.
And what of the bottom? Well, West Bromwich Albion have transformed themselves from relegation certainties into one of about 12 teams who could realistically be worried about relegation.
How can we be describing the Premier League as boring when three points separates the bottom eight? How can we be quibbling about the competitive nature top flight when Wigan Athletic can win two games in the fourth month of the season and climb from 19th to 8th as they did following wins against Everton and Albion?
Isn’t the fact that all three promoted clubs have caused shocks or given them a fighting chance of survival much more exciting than seeing one of them down on a record low number of points? Isn’t it good for the top flight that Albion fans see their team in the relegation zone but know that they will be mid-table within a couple of wins?
In fact the Premier League has gone all Old Skool on us. We can now tune into any given top flight game these days not knowing how it will go? Yes, that includes defeats to any of the Big Four.
Which is perhaps why our friends from the more privileged part of the Premier League don’t understand the concept. They haven’t got it all their own way.
This is how it used to be. And how it should be. So ignore what these people say – the Premier League has, in fact, never been so good.