Do two-footed tackles need kicking out?
One of the downsides of being an advocate for hard but fair tackling is that some people automatically assume that your feet are firmly planted in the destroyer's camp and you have no appreciation of the creative aspects of football.
There are more important aspects than winning the ball which players need to learn, such as keeping it in the first place. In fact, speaking to several people, it is not something that is widely coached as a prerogative. But, like Match of the Day pundit Lee Dixon, many supporters value the skill judging by the warm applause that is often heard in grounds up and down the country for a well-timed challenge.
The tackling debate has reached new heights recently because, while most would agree that dangerous tackles have no place in the game, the lines have been blurred as to what constitutes a fair one. While that grey area exists, there are legitimate concerns about whether tackling might be eradicated altogether.
The problem is that terminology such as a "hard but fair" tackle does not exist. Within Fifa's laws a tackle can be penalised if the referee deems it to have been made with "excessive force" no matter whether the player gets the ball or not.
This was illustrated in the case of Everton's Jack Rodwell when he was sent off for taking the ball before he connected with Liverpool's Luis Suarez in the Merseyside derby at the start of October.
Since then, Wolves' Nenad Milijas was sent off for appearing to touch the ball before he clattered Mikel Arteta, Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany saw red for a two-footed tackle on Nani, although he appeared to take the ball, while Liverpool's Glen Johnson was not penalised for a similar challenge on City's Joleon Lescott.
Calls for consistency have been loud and vocal, although Dixon rightly believes that can only come within a game as different referees will have different opinions.
And the former Arsenal right-back thinks the situation would be made far clearer if two-footed tackles were banned outright, but he says players have a part to play too.
"You're never going to take the debate out of the game entirely, and you shouldn't have to, but I just think players have a responsibility to not make tackles like that and it would be pretty black and white if any two-footed tackles were a straight red card," he says.
"I was a tough tackling full-back and in the past I've made some strong tackles from behind and the side, but in 22 years of playing I never made a two-footed tackle. I don't understand the need to jump in with both feet.
"Players kind of know the situation already but if they took the ambiguous nature out of the law it would clarify it and make it easier for referees."
Dixon has genuine worries that football is travelling down a road where tackling might be banned - and you can see his point.
If a player can be penalised for winning the ball but it is deemed to be too forceful, then there has already been a massive shift compared to when he was playing and where does it lead?
Recently, Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso said he could not understand the fascination with tackling in this country.
The former Liverpool player claims it is a last resort, and good defenders will concur, but it is interesting to note that a higher percentage of straight red cards in the Premier League are handed out in the middle third of the pitch, suggesting that players are lunging in where perhaps they do not need to.
Interestingly, too, the number of tackles made per game in the Premier League is actually falling, and this season there have been fewer tackles in the English top flight than in Spain, France, Germany and Italy.
That seems like good news, but it also worth recognising that generally speaking defending is well appreciated in this country, even if it is not always immediately evident.
It also underlines that for every young player who models himself on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, with creativity always being encouraged first, there is also room for those who rely on other instincts such as reading the game or timing.
Dixon says: "When I was playing, Dennis Bergkamp could make good decisions on where to pass the ball and even seeing the pass in the first place, because he was a better player than me. But when it comes to tackling I probably made better decisions about when to close the ball down and when to make the tackle.
"I'm not saying I was a better player than Dennis by any means, but everyone has different assets that they can bring to a team."
Tackling should not be taught before other more important skills like a good first touch or the value of possession. Players should not resort to two-footed lunges either.
While football retains its competitiveness, and players are eager to prevent dribbles, passes or goals, there is always room for a well-timed tackle and with the speed football is played at some of them may be forceful.
So what was a good tackle in the past now draws sanction, and for that reason you have to wonder what effect it will have on football's future, positively or negatively.