Vincent Kompany looks like the perfect Manchester City signing: A former 'next big thing' whose career has stalled; and elegant defender who can't really defend, and versatile enough to be used as a midfielder who can't pass. Oh, and he is enormously injury-prone.
What in the name of Tal Ben Haim is Mark Hughes playing at? He already has more defensive cover than a North Korean missile silo, and if anything he should buy a left-back.
The obvious conclusion is that somebody is on his way - either Vedran Corluka to Tottenham or, more intriguingly, Micah Richards to somewhere good.
Still, at least somebody likes the move for Kompany - geeks. See, he has carved out a bit of a niche as a computer game legend; a consequence of rogue Belgian programmers and the fact that, in cyberspace, nobody can see his weirdly-shaped head.
A look at the reader comments on this story tells you exactly who rates him.
lordofjapes: This guy is amazing on championship manager.
Burt H: He was good in FIFA '08 too... Ironically, I set my team up in franchise mode with all young guys, nobody over 21 (as of last year), and Richards and Kompany were my 2 center backs...
larry_790921: but costs around 14 mln in fm08
manu0862: Its a computer game its not real :/
hodaz: agreed he has been awesome on football manager for about the last four seasons. but then again so was theo walcott until last seasons edition, when they changed their mind about him.
fistfullofvisas: Is everyone on here rating him off Football Manager? If so, he should have gone to Arsenal - because that's his favourite club
sunglassesron53: Yes a good signing for Man City. If he continues to progress im sure he will be one of the top central defenders of his generation. He has his work cut out to get in front of Dunne & Richards, but good luck to the lad, I'm really hope he makes it.
Keith R: dead right....he'll have his work cut out to get in front of Dunne....he's so fat and lumbering he'll be out of breath by the time he gets round him !!
anonymous_mandyasa: In football manager or in flesh, this man is a handful of player.. City is very lucky to get him..
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Hot on the heels of David James's epic clowning against the Czechs, Arsenal's Manuel Almunia has said he would consider an England call up - but only because he's too rubbish to get a game for the country he actually comes from.
The former Celta Vigo reserve said: "[England is my] only chance, because Spain have very, very good goalkeepers."
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It's never too early to give a manager a vote of confidence. Five friendlies and no competitive matches into his tenure, Fabio Capello has apparently been assured his position is not under threat by FA axeman Lord Triesman.
Don Fabio will have to put in the occasional appearance sitting next to Ray Clemence if he wants the £10 million he is owed between now and the World Cup.
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And finally in this little England round-up, 1990 World Cup legend Paul Parker is an angry, angry little man.
He thinks England are useless and it's hard to disagree. Count the pejorative adjectives in this splenetic verdict on the Czech Republic game.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I come from Lapland so it is not an issue for me." Sunderland's Teemu Tainio provides the perfect riposte to a mischievous reporter asking him whether he finds the north-east cold and boring.
OLYMPIANS OF THE DAY: The US men's and women's sprint relay teams, who completed a remarkable double in the semi-finals as both teams dropped the baton heading into the final straight.
The Yanks also showed evidence of the credit crunch starting to bite, as they could not even afford proper bibs. Instead they got some small children (possibly Chinese gymnasts?) to scrawl 'USA' in black marker pen.
Keen to get in on the act, the British relay team were disqualified after stuffing up their final changeover, as anchor man Mike 'The Streets' Skinner ran out of the box.
Of the 16 semi-finalists, Italy, Nigeria, Poland and South Africa also contrived to cock up the relatively simple task of handing a metal stick to each other.
Skinner's cock-up heralded a spectacular and strangely reassuring return to heroic failure for the British team, swiftly followed by Phillips Idowu losing the triple jump by five centimetres and Shanaze Reade falling off her BMX.
FOREIGN VIEW: "Milan: Senderos!" No need to Babelfish that Corriere dello Sport headline.