Premier League Tonight makes a much-anticipated return to our screens on Saturday night and in this, the first of Jake Humphrey’s regular BTSport.com columns, we find out what will be discussed on the show.
Live on BT Sport 1 and in 4K UHD – with a live stream also being provided on the BT Sport app and BTSport.com – Jake and guests will tackle the week’s main talking points as a new Premier League season begins.
On the agenda for Mick McCarthy, Martin Keown, Steve McManaman and current Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy this week is; the summer transfer window, the new date for deadline day and their memories of opening weekends gone by.
We'll be catching up with Jake ahead of each show this season and you can read his thoughts on the week's hot topics, as well as watching clips or previous episodes, right here!
Get involved with the show all season long and send us your opinions on Twitter using #PLTonight for Jake and co to discuss and perhaps even explain!
Do you agree with transfer deadline day being moved to the start of the season?
In seasons gone by it’s been so frustrating for me early on because one thing people always want to know from our pundits is ‘who is your tip to win the league?’ and what they’ve said for the first month every year is to ask them when the transfer window has ended!
So for the first time, when I’m sitting there this Saturday, and talking to our guests Mick McCarthy, Martin Keown and Steve McManaman we can have a proper appraisal of where teams are at and I think that is brilliant.
The conversation with Mick during the show won’t be about what he made of Thursday’s deadline day though; we’ll ask him what it’s like for a manager, what he loves or hates about them and I’m sure he’ll regale us with a few stories of players he lost at the last minute or brilliant deals that were unexpectedly pulled off at the last minute.
So people should tune in for a very different take on what transfer deadline day is like.
Tottenham became the first Premier League team not to sign a player in the summer window since their introduction in 2003. Should Spurs fans worry?
I know there’s been a lot of talk about Tottenham not spending any money this summer and we’d love to hear what Spurs fans have made of it on Saturday night.
I think the issue for Tottenham is not that they haven’t spent money but more how much they actually have to spend in the first place because that team is so good and to improve it you can’t be spending £10 or £15 million on a player.
Jack Grealish, who they were linked with all summer for example, does he really improve them?
I think Tottenham are now at a point where they need to be spending the type of money Chelsea have done on a goalkeeper this week or what Liverpool have spent on a number of players this summer.
So Spurs fans get in touch with us on Twitter by using #PLTonight and we could be discussing your points live on the show.
Will you be asking John Ruddy those hard-hitting questions?
This weekend John Ruddy is joining us and we’ll absolutely discuss the fact that he had the most clean sheets in Europe and was in the Championship PFA Team of the Year last season but Wolves still went out and bought Portugal’s Rui Patricio a few weeks later.
We’ll ask him how that felt, how he reacted, how he’s going to lift himself and what’s his mind-set going forward.
And those questions will come from the ex-players that John has huge respect for and hopefully that will get more out of him.
Why do current Premier League players open up more than usual when they come on the show?
When it comes to current players being involved is that I’ve always seen myself almost as a referee – I need to control what’s going on without being the centre of attention!
The pundits are our stars and when players come on the show, if I asked them a question that was perhaps a bit personal – about their manager or the team’s style of play and so on – I would get the same sort of answer they would give to a journalist.
But when you’ve got a legend like Rio Ferdinand, a former England manager in Glenn Hoddle or a Real Madrid ‘galactico’ like Steve McManaman asking the questions you get a completely different answer from the player.
Quite often last season when we had a current Premier League player on I would say to the guys that I would welcome them to the show and ask the first question, but after that I wanted them to have a conversation like they would have had on a coach going to a game.
That’s the way I want the show to continue to evolve and for it to be a conversation between a current player and a few ex-pros rather than a presenter like me asking questions and getting stock answers. That I think is the difference between Premier League Tonight and all other shows.
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