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Mason Mount and Phil Foden represent the new generation of English talent – The Athletic

Around a decade ago, when
Manchester City were newly-monied and embarking upon the type of spending spree that had previously been defined by Roman Abramovich, ESPN — then holding Premier League rights for UK television coverage — decided to base their advert for the fixture around this concept.

It was a peculiar idea, branding Frank Lampard as “Frank The Bank”, Micah Richards as “The King of Bling” and Ashley Cole as, of course, “Cashley Cole”. It does, at least, stick in the memory.

Chelsea and City’s spending has hardly curtailed in recent years, but before their most important meeting, the most popular potential match-winner on either side this weekend cost precisely £0.

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