After an article recently published in Football League World stating that they had polled Brentford fans and 70% of them felt that young defender Chris Mepham was not worth his £10m valuation, Beesotted decided to create their own poll. And got a very different result.
Hot on the back of the recent clickbait debate which has got fans enraged that publications like Football League World, HITC and even local publications – the defunct Get West London and more recently Football London – have been engaging in tactics to try and encourage reader to click on spurious articles with not much substance in order to increase clicks and rack up money from advertising.
Jim Levack recently wrote an article on how local team news coverage was being lost to media empires who were encouraging their journalists to create sensationalist stories which encouraged readers to click on the site. Nothing wrong with creating a story which a bit of substance. But more often than not, these stories would be vacuous in their content leaving fans wondering why they had clicked on it in the first place.
So the recent Football League World story is no different. Using a completely unscientific method of measurement, they claim to have “put a poll to Brentford fans with a simple question: Is Chris Mepham worth over £10million?”.
The results of their rather un-scientific poll was “The results were rather surprising with nearly 70% of fans saying their young centre-back is not worth that amount.”
🗣️ BRENTFORD FANS…
Is Chris Mepham worth over £10 million?#BrentfordFC
— FootballLeagueWorld (@FLeagueWorld) September 3, 2018
Meanwhile the Beesotted poll – which is still running – currently (as of 4.30pm Tuesday) has 88% of fans saying they felt Mepham was well worth the £10m plus valuation. The remaining 12% are probably a mixture of Fulham fans and QPR fans gutted that they released him saying “They could see no redeeming qualities that could take him to another level” a few years ago.
So 70% say no in Football League World. And 90% say yes on Beesotted. That’s one hell of a swing. A 60% swing from a no to a yes.
Some publication out there doesn’t feel Chris Mepham is worth over £10m#BrentfordFC fans do you think Chris Mepham is worth £10m plus ?
— Beesotted Brentford (@Beesotted) September 4, 2018
Which set of Brentford fans do you believe more?
We know which ones we do.
Half time score: Real story 1 Clickbait story 0
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