Snakes on a Plane
Have you ever heard of the expression ‘don’t play with the piranha’? Well, add to it ‘especially if you’re a snake’.
Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling thought it would be a clever and humourous idea to taunt Aston Villa and Liverpool fans with an Instagram photo of them on an England flight to San Marino using a couple of snake emoji symbols, which have constantly been used by upset and angered football fans to represent both players on social media, after their respective judas acts in the summer transfer window.
In terms of Delph, it was the signing of a new contract in January and then the player and club banging a big loyalty drum, without revealing a £8m release clause that effectively meant Delph wouldn’t play again for Villa after the FA Cup final.
The loyalty roadshow was repeated in the summer when he was about to move to Manchester City, but then perhaps saw the hypocrisy of going back on his earlier loyalty pledge. It only took a few days for him to change his mind again, and while his pregnant wife was an excuse good enough to stop him joining Villa’s preseason trip to Portugal, it was quickly forgotten as he jetted off to Australia to join City’s.
Now these two knuckle heads may think this is ‘banter’ but what they’ve actually done is turned the heat up on themselves by several degrees when they both visit their respective former clubs. Either they’re a bit dumb or they simply don’t care.
It’s a picture that pretty much sums up the modern game. Here’s two players that have shat on fans’ devotion and support to get as much money as possible playing for a team that in this summer’s transfer window has pretty much purchased this season’s league title. And now they think it’s funny.
Quite frankly, they’ll deserve everything they get.
For Delph his judgement day will come on November 8th (don’t forget to come prepared) when Manchester City visit Villa Park. The former Villa midfielder should get a rough welcome.
Delph’s replacement idrissa Gueye has already gone a long way in replacing the over-rated contribution Delph made to Villa – after all he only managed three league goals and six assists in five years at Villa.
Knowing Villa supporters, if anyone is going to have the last laugh, it will be them.
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