With the manager ruling out Jonas and Steven Taylor through injury today, that is two of the ‘most likely’ replacements sidelined anyway. The only possible change would see Cheick Tiote replace Vurnon Anita and I just can’t see that happening. Anita has never really convinced me but he more than deserves to keep the shirt after a very capable show against Villa.
It was a rainy night in October 1997 when I first developed a taste for self-punishment. When the new football season had started I’d begged my dad to take me along to the match (he was a season ticket holder) because a few of my mates at school had been and the Premier League sticker collection was second only to actually going to a match.