There were many questions for Peter Crouch when he opened his mailbox this week.
They left Sportsmail’s regular columnist in a spirited mood as he tackled the shape of the Liverpool front three and Manchester City’s fortunes at Wembley, but the only place to start is the Big Six’s plan to escape. .
Chelsea and Manchester City are two clubs that could participate in a European Super League
Would you rather watch the new Super League or League Two?
Robin Karlsson via Twitter
Let’s start with the escape plans first, Robin. It is a shame. The fact that six clubs want to continue with a move like this shows no respect for the history of our leagues and what in turn helped those leagues reach those clubs.
What are the six clubs doing with others, such as Everton, West Ham or Leicester, who have done their utmost this season to get into the Champions League? Why do the six look to escape and show total disregard for everything they have here?
We have the Premier League, a league with plenty of money and exposure. We don’t need a European Super League like Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and others. Why do we try to dilute everything to follow them? We don’t have to be a part of it.
However, I’m afraid executives just don’t care. If Barcelona vs Liverpool is on TV on a Saturday night, let’s face it – people will tune in to watch it.
The Bix Six show a total disregard for everything we have in the English game
Do you think Harry Kane should let his supporters know if he’s staying before they buy season tickets?
Mike Smith via email
It’s a good question, Mike. It’s also a fair one. I understand why supporters are concerned and want clarity before making such a big financial commitment. I don’t blame anyone for wanting as much information as possible because Kane is Tottenham’s icon and leading man.
But to be honest, I don’t think he knows what the future holds for him. His immediate concerns will be that he will be fit for Wembley next week. Furthermore, I don’t believe he made a decision.
Many Spurs fans would understand if he wanted to take on a new challenge, but he will also think about loyalty, the key to leaving and his reputation at the club. He’s in a similar position to Steven Gerrard when Chelsea wanted him in 2005. He won’t rush it.
Many Tottenham fans would understand if star striker Harry Kane wanted a new challenge
Which of Liverpool’s front three would you let go this summer?
James Harrison via Twitter
I wouldn’t sell them, James. Why even think about doing that unless one of them wanted to go? I understand Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have not reached the heights we expected from them this season, but that doesn’t mean their time is up.
I am amazed that we live in a world where the cancellation culture is growing by the day. A player is out of shape for a season? Sell it. A manager underperforms? Fire him. It’s a miserable way to proceed and let’s put what Mo Salah, Mane and Firmino have accomplished in context.
They are the front three to bring the title to Liverpool after 30 years and there is still plenty of life in them. I bet if Mane or Firmino went elsewhere they would be thrilling. Jurgen Klopp, for example, will not be in a hurry to let them go.
Jurgen Klopp will be in no rush to let Sadio Mane, Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino leave
How much will Pep Guardiola regret his team selection at Wembley?
Luke Forsyth via email
It was interesting to see Guardiola being so prickly on Saturday night, Luke. He will have been stung by the fact that a chance to make history was over, but he will also have been stung by questions about the team he chose.
The reason Manchester City were able to win four trophies is due to Guardiola’s ability to chop and change. Seven of the teams that started at Wembley started their third-round draw against Birmingham, so it wasn’t that this line-up had come out of nowhere.
Completing a quadruple is practically impossible. Losing against Chelsea hurts, but Guardiola only wants one trophy this season and that is the Champions League. I bet he would even be tempted to trade Premier League success if you gave him the chance to conquer Europe.
Pep Guardiola will be amazed that Manchester City will not win the quadruple this season
Arsenal played in Europe for 25 consecutive seasons. Do you think they will make it 26 and how bad would it be if they don’t?
Jade Craddock via email
They don’t qualify for Europe through the Premier League, Jade. I look at how they are in ninth place with 46 points and I don’t see how any Arsenal fan could say the domestic season has been positive. The 1-1 draw with Fulham summed up everything about how the year has gone.
The Europa League offers a chance for redemption, but would I put money into it to beat Manchester United or Roma in the final? No. They are not as good as United and I don’t even think it goes without saying that they will beat Villarreal in the semi-finals.
It’s Catch-22 because they have to buy players to improve, but if they’re not in Europe, they can’t attract the ones they want. So yes, it will be hugely harmful. When you think about it, 25 years in Europe is staggering. It shows again how good Arsene Wenger was for Arsenal.
It will be difficult for Arsenal to qualify for Europe next season due to their position in the league
Who do you choose to be the next England under-21 manager to deliver the exciting next generation?
Matt Greenall via email
Frank Lampard or Joe Cole would be in front of me, Matt. I know there are young, hungry coaches in the FA system and if they decided to walk that route, good luck to them. However, I look at Frank and Joe and see people who can be inspiring.
They’ve been there and done it and both are eager to help young players. It would be exciting to see them work at the FA.
Stay safe and healthy until next time.