Why Heskey is a hero, not a figure of fun
It upset me to see my former team-mate Emile Heskey derided at the Emirates last weekend as Aston Villa sank without trace.
You can't blame the big man for Villa's current struggles.
Although I believe one more win will be enough to keep them up, there are serious fault lines running through that side which will need to be sorted in the summer.
What is often forgotten is what a great player Emile has been.
Ask anyone who has played with him - like Michael Owen, for whom he set up so many goals, or Wayne Rooney, who only a few months ago was naming Emile as his favoured England strike partner.
Better still, ask people who've played against him. I've seen him destroy Tony Adams and Martin Keown; tear Sol Campbell apart.
A big man is an easy target, but over 500 Premier League games and 62 England caps tells its own story.
Ignore the burblings of certain muppets on rival radio stations.
That Peter Crouch wonder strike against Manchester City last Saturday was no fluke.
But don't just take it from me. Take it from the bloke who was raving about the goal when I met him on Sunday night, saying it was clear what Crouch's intentions were from the off.
And he should know, because it was City's goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Wouldn't it be just like Chelsea to appoint Laurent Blanc in the next few days... and then sit back and watch Robert Di Matteo win them the Champions League?