And I thought this one was done with, how wrong was I?
A few days ago, I reported on a Kyogo rumour that was so amateurish, the fact a professional news organisation picked up on it without doing some basic fact checking shows you that the media are just looking for headlines, ANY headlines, during a slow international week.
For those (and there can’t be many) that are unfamiliar with the story, I wrote about this just under a week ago where an Italian based ‘news’ organisation claimed an EPL side have ‘set their sights’ on the Japanese striker, “The link originated from Italian website Calciomercato.com and it was a simple one paragraph piece of nonsense with no substance, no source and ultimately, no credibility.
“The statement was, “Southampton have set their sights on Kyōgo Furuhashi, Japanese striker born in 1995 of Celtic, former Vissel Kobe.”
“That was it. No quotes from any sources of this nonsense. Nothing. Lazy journalism at it’s absolute worst.”
And do you know what else is WORSE than that? When a pundit picks up on it and tries to validate the story when it is clearly lacking in substance.
Step up Kevin Phillips. The Sky Sports pundit was speaking to Football Insider and tried to back it up with historical moves that Celtic players have made in the past to the south coast side, “There is history there.
“A few Celtic players have made the move to Southampton.
“It is difficult for Celtic but players want to play in the Premier League. They know that. Unfortunately, when a Premier League club comes knocking it is hard for the player to turn down.
“From Celtic’s point of view, Furuhashi has done exceptionally well.
“I’m sure they are desperate to keep him. They will not want his head turned. It happens though.
“They will want him to at least see out the season.
“At this stage of the season, you don’t want one of your most influential players being coveted by a Premier League club.
“It is natural when you do as well as he has though.
“When you score goals regularly clubs come sniffing.”
You would think Phillips would know better than to touch a story full of sheer speculation and lacking in facts.