Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Lucas Paqueta and want him to stay with the Hammers for a very long time. However, I hope he is taking a look at the Rugby Union World Cup and learning a thing or two from blokes who are being hammered out of their heads, getting up and carrying on as if nothing has happened.
We are very quick to take a pop at players from other clubs – Jack Grealish anyone? – who play act, but sadly Lucas has become guilty of this as his Premier League career has developed with us. I haven’t watched any rugby for a long time until I saw Argentina beat Wales and the All Blacks turn over the Irish.
The players were taking hammering after hammering without a word of complaint or play acting. Such a change and let’s be frank about this, it made football look like a game for fairies. The referee is heard explaining every decision and is called ‘Sir’ by the players, there’s no VAR as the decisions are clearly shown.
All very old school; and there is nothing wrong with that – our game has much to learn from rugby union – that’s a certainty.