With the onset of silly season, I wonder if some of you might offer some insight into which sportswriters and news outlets are the most accurate when it comes to transfers.
Every day, I come here. I go to Goal.com, CaughtOffsides, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian, BBC, Sky, and all manner of Twitter accounts. About 0.327 percent of it actually ever happens. (Remember Hulk? Done deal, 8 times over).
Here are the impressions I have developed so far:
1. Neil Ashton is better than most on Chelsea FC club matters. Seems to have some inside sources. But "better than most" is relative when you're talking about the English press, I've come to believe. (Sorry if I have offended anyone, but the anonymous sourcing and "understood" and all is appalling.)
2. Raphael Honigstein (sp?) seems to carry some weight.
3. Tim Rohn? Stephen Schmidt used a couple of his tweets on KDB as the basis for a story, so I suppose he's well regarded.
So, if I might prevail on you who have been following the game for longer than I have, who is most trustworthy?
Maybe rate sources, reporters on a scale of 1 to 10 ... with 1 being total rubbish and 10 being iron-clad.
I'll start with my own observations:
Caught Offside (1) ... they literally appear to make stuff up every day and have no original sources, plus totally twist other outlets' stories and put their own spin. I need to stop reading it but can't.
Mail, Guardian, Telegraph, Independent (3)
BBC Transfer Gossip (3)