The problem with loyalty


Allegiance, devotion, faithfulness to a cause. Loyalty is not a prevalent attribute of the modern day footballer in a seemingly relentless pursuit of cash and yet, it defines us, the fans.

Through the heartbreak and the elation we are glued to our team, unwavering in our commitment to the badge and now we are asked to cast that unbreakable tie aside and pick a fantasy team.

If only it were possible to take the heart out of these decisions and use simply the head, but always there is that little reminder in the supporters column, the tip of the hat to the team we abandon in our pursuit of FPL glory.

Fans of the “Top Four” sides have an easier task, slotting in Rooney, Van Persie, Terry or Gerrard by no means hamstrings a team but what of the fans of shall I say, less prestigious teams.

My worst FPL season just so happens to coincide with the year my noble Championship team graced the top tier with their presence.

The same loyalty is earned by seemingly random players who the fantasy manager remembers from times past performing wondrous deeds for his team.

The memory of Defoe’s five goal captains haul kept him in my side long after he should have been put out to pasture.

Bobby Zamora won my league for me on the last day of last season, a debt must be repaid, you’re straight in son. Sentimentality? Guilty your Honour.

It even applies to players who have long since left your club, I know not a single Celtic fan who did not make a space for Henrik Larsson when he played for Manchester Utd in 2007 nor a Watford fan who has no berth for Ashley Young.

Liverpool fans opting for Torres are likely to be a rarer species.

My advice to you is this my fantasy league managing brethren, sentimentality is for valentines cards, loyalty is for dogs, ruthless logic is where the points lie.