Paradoxically, as coverage of the Premier League has increased to almost saturation point, it’s become even more difficult to form a reliable opinion of the players on show.
You see them more often but it’s hard to think straight with the perpetual background howl of the all-consuming hype machine.
In this bewildering world of untrustworthy sources, Sky sensationalism, Opta stats, Youtube clips, the belligerence of fans forums and blandly enthusiastic pundits, the already impossible goal of objectivity seems further away than ever.
Although mine is just another voice destined for the ether, already oversubscribed with opinions quickly dismissed because they happen to contradict my own, here’s what you should really think of six eagerly over-praised Premier League players.
By all means pass these well-rounded insights off as your own; it’s for the greater good.