Paul Merson is a likeable character, there’s no doubt about that, but he doesn’t half get himself in a muddle sometimes.
When he’s not mispronouncing player names on Soccer Saturday, he’s making bold statements that will inevitably come back to haunt him.
Take his quotes on Kevin De Bruyne when Man City first signed the Belgian playmaker.
In 2015, Merson wrote in the Daily Star: “Manchester City paying so much money for Kevin De Bruyne is an absolute joke.
“I thought he was out of his depth at Chelsea. He never once went out on the pitch and looked like he belonged there.
“I don’t think he could handle it – and now he’s going to City for about three times what Wolfsburg paid for him. Not for me.
“He’ll be on the bench at City for a start, because you can’t change a winning team. Who does he get in ahead of? No-one. They’re all playing too well.
“But he didn’t like it when he was on the bench at Chelsea and he ended up getting bombed out because Jose Mourinho questioned his attitude.
“Okay, he’s had a good season in Germany. But there are only a few decent clubs there really, aren’t there? It’s not the Premier League.”
First of all, De Bruyne was named Man of the Match in one of his very few Chelsea games.
Anyway, we digress…
As is apparently obligatory at this time of the year, Merson has picked his Premier League Team of the Season so far for Sky Sports.
And the most glaringly obvious omission is top scorer Mohamed Salah.
The ex-Arsenal player opted for an all-Man City midfield with Harry Kane leading the line, leaving no place for Liverpool’s Egyptian sensation.
GOALKEEPER: David De Gea
DEFENCE: Kyle Walker, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Marcos Alonso
MIDFIELD: Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling
FORWARD: Harry Kane
Sterling and Sane have both been hugely impressive this season but you have to say it’s harsh on Salah.
The free-scoring winger has scored 14 league goals already, two more than Golden Boot holder Kane.
Still, who are we to question Merse’s wisdom?