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Wednesday waffle: Smith Rowe / An ‘All-star game’

Morning.

Some quick Wednesday waffle. None of which has to do with the fixture list. Well, maybe not much.

Emile Smith Rowe

I saw a report earlier in the week which suggested he might need surgery. That story has yet to be repeated by anyone with any real credibility, so we’ll have to wait and see, but his fitness issues are a bit of a concern.

Here’s the thing: Arsenal gave Smith Rowe the number 10 shirt last season, it’s a big number to take on, and perhaps people have forgotten the fact he scored 11 goals last season (10 in the Premier League). For a player then just 21, that’s an impressive return, so while I completely understand why there are worries about his fitness, I don’t quite get why I see discussions about his ability.

The talent is there and the ability is there. The fitness is not, and obviously that’s a big part of a player’s ability to deliver on those raw ingredients, but we’ve seen young players emerge before who have had some physical difficulties in the early part of their careers but then come through them to establish themselves properly.

The fact that Gabriel Martinelli has had a great start to the season means we’re not pining for Smith Rowe right now, but this is a long season, and we’re going to need him. Let’s hope he can get fit and stay fit soon.

An ‘All-Star Game’.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly said he hoped ‘the Premier League takes a little bit of a lesson from American sports’, and suggested the idea of an ‘All-Star game’ between north and south.

“Why don’t we do a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn’t there an All-Star game?

“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB All-Star game this year we made 200 million dollars from a Monday and a Tuesday.

“So we’re thinking we could do a North versus South All-Star game for the Premier League, for whatever the pyramid needed quite easily.”

I suppose the first thing to say is that the Premier League…


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