How The Media’s Coverage Is Resulting In A Lack Of Appreciation For Players In The Premier League

How The Media’s Coverage Is Resulting In A Lack Of Appreciation For Players In The Premier League
Jul 3, 2017

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Journalism and media have a resemblance of power, the ability to use your personal bias and fellow guidance to shape any story into the way you choose and deceive the minds of the less knowledgeable. As the overall state of these mediums improves, to an extent, through a variety of different social applications, the two endeavour a similar path as a way of gaining awareness around the country.

However, whilst social media, in particular, successfully demonstrates a variety of positives; instant news, straightforward gratification, I could go on, but you get the point, the withstanding journalism and media industry contradict this. Rather than share similar favourable outcomes, both follow a more challenging and distressing route of maintaining aspirations of; constant bias, ridiculing the innocent, and strategically swindle the general public.

There is no denying the fact that every living and breathing human walking the planet is entitled to their own personal opinion, and the freedom to express it in whichever legal procedure they choose. Nonetheless, when referring to journalists and media outlets in this country, there comes a consistent time where these opinions are “breached” and are actually manipulated to the extent of enunciating a personal bias or hatred towards a particular football team or player.

Take Arsenal’s world-class attacking midfielder Mesut Özil, for example. Regardless of his phenomenal technical ability, overall high contribution to his team, or even the countless personal accolades he has achieved in his career, rather than receive deserved praise he actually gets quite the contrary in the form of abuse from the English public and media.

Whenever the German playmaker plays a game for the Gunners but fails to register a single goal or assist, a regular pattern occurs. Football pundits and journalists alike will claim he made no impact on the game – even if he did, fans will joke about how he went “missing” in the fixture – regardless of the actual impact he had on the game, and respective media outlets spread a regular, favouritism, message of “laziness” and a “waste of money” towards the 28-year-old.

The reasons behind this constant prejudice remain speculative to this day, especially when statistics repeatedly disprove the lazy reporting at hand. It’s important to remember that Özil is an attacking midfielder, someone who should be judged by the impact he makes during attacking plays, contrary to the mistreated comments at hand who slam him for his defensive contributions.

What a majority of people fail to comprehend is the wisdom the player possesses. Whilst football fans, commonly older ones, brand this fallacious term of “laziness” at the playmaker, what they actually fail to realise is the fact that he is reading the game as it occurs. Rather than waste stored up energy chasing a player a teammate should be targeting, Özil instead waits patiently to make the right movement on the pitch

Rather than waste stored up energy chasing a player a teammate should be targeting, Özil instead waits patiently to make the right movement on the pitch in case the opposition get a good chance at goal, or if the Gunners are able to counter-attack play, with the German international at the forefront of it.

Additionally, other foreign internationals in the Premier League have sustained similar comments, with world-class midfielder Paul Pogba another clear example of this. After making a record-breaking switch to Manchester United for a £89.3m fee, many automatically awarded the Frenchman with heaps of praise despite having a worse start to the Premier League in comparison to the previously mentioned Mesut Özil.

Nevertheless, now that the current season has finalised, the former Juventus man has received similar criticism and lazy reporting from English journalists and media, despite being praised during his time at Juventus and performances for France. For example, for some idiotic reason, some have compared Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté with the world-class midfielder in an attempt of justifying that the former was a better piece of business, regardless of the fact that the two play completely different roles on the pitch.


Extending on this, even players in the country are not exempt from poor reporting from the media, particularly by the name of Raheem Sterling. Regardless of the fact that the winger is one of the most exciting talents the country currently has, these agencies focus their attention on completely different factors regarding the Englishman in the hoping to gaining quick attention.

Rather than report on his 13 goal contributions to Manchester City this season, instead they focus their attention on attacking the 22-year-old for driving a dirty car or going shopping in Poundland.

The reason behind these persistent attacks and ongoing stalking of the England international remains unclear to this day, especially considering the typical bias the press have towards homegrown players. With a player of considerable talent, Sterling should be the type of player that deserves praise for the work he does on the football pitch and what he contributes outside of it, such as his donation to the Grenfell Fire victims. rather than be ridiculed for not washing his car or going into a cheap store.

However, resembling the sad state of reality, whilst some media outlets gave the player deserved praise for his contribution, it still lacks in effort, if you will, in comparison to the abuse he received from the press for not washing his car and going into a cheap store.

Nonetheless, North London side Tottenham Hotspur are the clear embodiment of how both the media and journalists offer such bias to make both the club and players look much better than they actually are. Even as an Arsenal, I can admit that the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli have exciting careers ahead of them. But to manipulate Tottenham and their players as the best team in the league for the last two seasons despite winning no silverware perfectly highlights how the media will do anything to fuel an agenda.

For example, despite typically fulfilling a role as a second striker for his club, Alli has received comparisons to English legends like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in an attempt of making the Tottenham midfielder look better. However, what these individuals fail to realise is the fact that each played a completely different role for their club. Whilst the 21-year-olds incredible season deserves credit, unwarranted comparisons to try to make him look better are completely ridiculous.

In addition to this, as proven through targeting players like Özil and Pogba, these individuals are never shy to lambaste a player, until it involves someone playing for Spurs. This is most evident during international duty, with key Tottenham players like Dele Alli and Eric Dier failing to adjust to England’s system, thus resulting in them putting in below-average performances.

Nevertheless, to build upon this prejudice, it’s rare to see such criticism given towards these individuals evident during Euro 2016, despite the exact same outlets stacking insults towards non-England players, as noted prior, when they put in a bad performance,

Finally, as noted prior, these publishers are regularly known to offer undeserved bias to English footballers for no apparent reason, albeit not towards everyone as proven by Raheem Sterling, which in response has a negative effect on the way they play.

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