There's an often talked about idea that someone who played football at the highest level knows more than those of us just watching. Paul Merson tries time and again to prove this theory to be utter bollocks, and he's once again been successful.
Merson was an extremely classy player on the ball and did his best work for Arsenal from the mid 80s to the late 90s, also having a pretty successful international career with England.
He also had a very short and very unsuccessful managerial career. But not content with proving that players don't always make the best managers he also continues to prove they don't always make the best pundits either.
On Sky he might be fun to laugh at but he constantly fails to get players names right or even know what's going on.
:see_no_evil: Paul Merson's attempt at pronouncing Aleksandar Mitrović...- Sky Bet (@SkyBet) December 17, 2017
:smiley: Happy Sunday evening everyone. pic.twitter.com/9VhDMcnjeV
His insight into Marco Silva getting the Hull job last season just proved how ridiculous a man he is, totally underplaying the Portuguese managers achievements before taking the job.
And Merson has once again attracted the ire of fans by picking his team of the season so far and somehow managing to miss out the Premier League's top goalscorer, Liverpool's Mo Salah.
Salah has been in sensational form for Liverpool this season. Image: PA Images.
Merson claims his picks of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane out wide are 'obvious' but the other three pundits, Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier all manage to choose the man with 14 Premier League goals and three assists.
Fans were quick to take to Twitter to show their disapproval at Merson:
Paul Merson's TOTY has offended all those with an ounce of footballing knowledge by omitting Salah. Not just LFC fans but FOOTBALL fans!- Anfield Pulse (@AnfieldPulse) December 20, 2017
Paul Merson's Premier League team of the season so far doesn't have Salah in it. Stealing a living. :joy:- Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) December 20, 2017
I won't bore you with Paul Merson's TOTS so far, but it doesn't have Mo Salah in.- Olli Emmerson (@Oliver_Emmerson) December 20, 2017
Very late to his. But Paul Merson picks his team of the season and doesn't select Mo Salah :see_no_evil::see_no_evil: pic.twitter.com/00ZxCfAhSp- Jonathan Higgins (@Jhiggins3) December 20, 2017
Paul Merson proves to the world why he will never be taken seriously as a football pundit let alone a manager or coach! https://t.co/ZL03Ancr18- Tino Palmer (@Tino_LFC) December 20, 2017
Paul Merson is hilarious but he really hasn't got a clue :joy::joy: https://t.co/qE5pntOdHM- LJ 'Fonz' Ferguson (@LJ_Ferguson_1) December 20, 2017
Merson must be back on the old Peruvian piston powder.- Craig Rigby (@CraigCWR) December 20, 2017
How the fuck do you NOT put Mo Salah in the TOTY so far?
How do you leave out the league top scorer? Paul Merson, go home.- Niall Barnes (@FueledByNiall) December 20, 2017
Merson what a tool- INFINITY IPTV (@infinity_iptv) December 20, 2017
I would have been more surprised if Paul Merson had put Salah in his team of the year so far. He is absolutely clueless and proves it weekly with his predictions. To much drink and to many drugs have left him fucked in the head. Just listen to him speak- Matt (@mattlfc6) December 20, 2017
This man makes his living off giving his 'expert' insight into football and giving tips on Sky Bet, you've seriously got to question yourself if you're placing money based on what he tells you.
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