If you spend any sort of time on footballing social media, there’s a decent chance you’ve come across Newcastle fan “The True Geordie” by now. Known for his outspoken views on all things to do with the beautiful game, he’s decided to wade in on Richard Keys, with the outcome putting a huge smile on my face.
— Sam 🔸 (@SWPalace) January 1, 2018
(WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)
As any mildly interested Palace fan will know, Roy Hodgson and his players became the first side in 19 Premier League games to stop Manchester City from winning on New Year’s Eve, drawing 0-0 with Guardiola’s runaway leaders and missing a last-gasp penalty into the bargain.
That result, as fantastic as it was, came hot on the heels of a spirited but defensive display from Newcastle United against the same super-rich Citizens, where Magpies boss Rafa Benitez decided, as is his right, to sit extremely deep in a bid to nullify the outrageous attacking abilities of De Bruyne, Jesus, Aguero and co.
Predictably, given Richard Keys loose to non-existent relationship with nuance, he had a pop at Rafa and Newcastle for not performing in the manner Palace did and understandably, it got The True Geordie feeling rather irate.
What follows and, as I’ve said above, (there is an explicit language warning on this) is a perfect riposte to Keys’ simplistic babbles that drives right to the heart of the reasons for Benitez’ caution when refusing to go toe-to-toe with the champions in waiting.
As any of you who follow me on Twitter will know, I have a deep-rooted dislike of Richard Keys thanks to a wide array of incidents dating back to the days when he and human thumb Andy Gray used to pollute Sky’s airwaves with their “old school banter”, making this video in particular all the more satisfying for me.
At a time when Wilfried Zaha is being given both barrels by the majority of footballing pundits, it’s nice to see The True Geordie singing his praises whilst demolishing the incredibly misguided opinions put forward by Keys.