It’s easy to sit in the stands and give it large about how useless your club, or to heckle and harry those down on the field for their general ineptitude, but the fact of the matter is that if us fans were actually better at the beautiful game than the professionals then we’d be out there playing it and they would be sat giving us stick.
Because of that, it’s important to recognise sublimity when it presents itself.
Take Dani Ceballos’ recent displays at the U21 European Championships.
The Spanish midfielder has been in superb form, scoring twice, and wracking up some seriously impressive stats.
In the 5-0 demolition of Poland on Saturday, a result that saw Spain advance to knockout rounds, the 22-year-old was the star man, scoring one and assisting another.
He also recorded 103 accurate passes, including 5 key passes, as reported by Whoscored, and was given a 10 out of 10 match rating by the stats website.
With 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots, 7 dribbles, 5 key passes, 3 tackles and 103 accurate passes, @DaniCeballos46 earned the second perfect 10 rating of the #EuroU21 Championships to star in our team of the round for Group Ahttps://t.co/zPj9IOeoLB pic.twitter.com/QlLQkOBNbN
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 23, 2019
And all of that should be of interest to West Ham.
That would suggest that the Irons aren’t likely to pursue a move for Ceballos, but they really must reconsider.
Yes, funds may be relatively tight, and yes, a striker must still be the main priority this window, but can the Hammers really afford to turn their nose up at the chance to sign a player as obviously talented as Ceballos?
Fans would surely argue not.