Paul Merson has shocked the football world today by revealing that he has never once heard of Ajax defender and Tottenham Hotspur target Davinson Sanchez.
The knowledgeable pundit, considered an oracle of footballing wisdom by supporters around the world, is said to have left fans and contemporaries in a state of bewilderment after admitting that he has no prior knowledge of the Colombian who played against Manchester United in last season’s Europa League final.
Speaking on Sky Sports News today, Merson was asked about his opinion on the centre-back, who is believed to be on the verge of a move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
His response, bereft of the thoughtful and considered commentary the ex-Arsenal man is known for, has left a hole in the sport’s cultural consciousness.
“I don’t know what to think anymore,” said one supporter. “If Paul Merson can’t inform us about a promising young centre-back playing in Europe, who can?!”
His comments were echoed by another fan: “How can we be expected to trust the media these days if even Merse isn’t informed about footballers. This is Merse we’re talking about. .”
The response wasn’t entirely negative however, with many Arsenal fans admitting that if Merson doesn’t know anything about Sanchez, he must be shite.