Rimbo, i dont have a downer on all English football. i have a downer on over-rated athletes, that seem to thrive in English football! jerome has shown me nothing to suggest he is anything above average, imgaine him in Spain etc? wouldn't last a minute.
Its not just english players though, i talk about them more because they get brought up on here often.
On teh gerrard front, i never said he wasn't a good player..... but i certainly dont class him as one of the top 3 midfielders of world football over the last 7 years. he has done nothing to earn that praise
It's all relative though. We are an English football club so we need to make it in the English game. Considering the English game is based largely around athleticism, then an athlete isn't a bad way of going about things.
We're not building a team to be good in Spain, we're building one for here. You can't even say we'd have to adapt to a continental style, because we're not in Europe this year. We need to get a team together that would do well in this league. I'm not saying Jerome's a world-beater, not by any means, and he may look a fish out of water in Spain, but then some spanish players have came here and looked shite. It's all different styles and mixes.
Fair enough on Gerrard, to say he's not one of the best midfielders in the world is a joke, though.