Title pretty self explanitory. After ready The Mixer by Michael Cox (cracking read by the way, highly recommend), I personally feel that while some players from bygone eras might still shine today, the average and actual level was so much lower. In my opinion, the average footballer was nowhere near the average footballer today. This begs the question, were the top players from the past anywhere near the top players today? Do we overstate the ability of ex pros and greats, believing they would slip straight into the starting 11 of a top side today? Likewise would "good, solid players today" look otherworldly if your zapped them back in time? This also got me thinking: Tweet— Twitter API (@user) date The quality here is would make the lower leagues blush. Funnily the charge that defending is worse nowadays seems laughable when you consider the average centre back and goalkeeper from that era. Thoughts?