The invention of the internet was a dark day for newspaper sages. There was a time when brash early-season predictions would be lost in the fish n chip paper, confined to incinerator and only retrieved by the most assiduous of librarians.
These days a quick Google search will shame the best of writers. So all those articles we wrote in August suggesting the Premier League might as well hand the title to Manchester City now that they that had signed Erling Haaland are retrievable in a second. There is no hiding place in 2023.
That it hasn’t quite turned out that way should be a cause for celebration, even if City fans will assume that is clear evidence of the convoluted conspiracy of media elites arraigned against them: a vibrant league requires more than one dominant team.