Graeme Souness told Super Sunday on Sky Sports that the Premier League will lose its ‘number one’ status in world football if the actions of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish continue.
The Anfield legend doesn’t like this idea that they ‘buy fouls’ because he thinks the Spurs and Villa duo are ‘cheating’, and in Kane’s case, he’s ‘throwing himself to the ground’.
Even though Grealish has been out of action for nearly two months now, he is still the most fouled player in the Premier League, whilst Kane has been previously criticised for how he backs into opponents when trying to win fouls.
Nonetheless, this is what Souness had to say about two of Tottenham and Aston Villa’s standout performers, as the drama at Old Trafford postponed events between Manchester United and Liverpool.
“You (Micah Richards) used a term that I actually don’t like ‘he (Grealish) buys fouls’,” said Souness. “What does that actually mean?”
Richards responded: “It’s buying a foul. Using your body. You see Harry Kane doing it all the time. He’s a master at it. Gary Lineker told me ‘it’s an art to it’.”
Souness added: “I think we are, at least, a year into a very slippery slope with the Premier League losing its number one spot in world football because of that kind of play you are describing.
“I accept it happens. None of us like it. It seems to become more and more acceptable. You mention Harry Kane, who I am an enormous fan of, he is your England captain. He now throws himself to the ground.
“You talk about Jack Grealish, the most fouled player in the Premier League. Exceptionally talented. I personally would never want to be the most fouled person in the Premier League. That suggests to me you are spending too much time on the ball. It’s cheating.”
The issue isn’t the players but those in charge on the field of play given them fouls.
If players know they can wins fouls in such ways then they will continue to do it because it benefits their team, especially if you are playing in one that doesn’t win that many games.
Change the rules. Be more strict towards players and then maybe the flow of the match can be much better as well.