Saturday, 20 June 2009
Inter Milan's Finishing School Or Jose's Dumping Ground?
If we can believe any of the rumours knocking around at the moment, it would appear that we are in for / have signed / expect to sign / are dreaming about signing no less than three of the Inter Milan squad - Mancini, Jimenez and Balotteli. To be honest, things seem to have gone a little quiet on the Mancini front so, perhaps, journalists were getting their wires crossed; but who knows?
The big question is, will it be good news for West Ham if we forge a link with Inter and The Special One. Presumably, the connection goes back to Jose's time at Chelsea, where Zola was a god on a par even with the self anointed plastic Zeus. Having friends in high places is never a bad idea but Jose is not the sort of guy you would trust to share a holiday villa with your wife is he? You have the feeling that despite the smiles, somebody is being shafted. Are we being stitched up here?
The initial rumours about Balotteli suggested he was a player very highly thought of in Milan. Now it appears that Jose has "lost patience" with him and regards him as "lazy". Now, if you would back anybody to motivate a young player, it would be Jose, so if this boy's ego is resistant to the motivational charms of Mourinho, then you have to wonder if he is somebody you would want in your dressing room. Clough didn't make many mistakes with players and I put Jose in the same league. It may be that Balotteli is toxic.
In the case of Mancini, the question, with all due respect, is why he would join West Ham. We have been scorched once before by a deal that looked too good to be true. Never mind the Tevez compensation, Mascherano arrived with an attitude and "played" without any heart until he had crossed the bridge to Liverpool, where suddenly he looked the dog's danglers again. Who wants to be a stepping stone?
Jimenez, meanwhile, has been indifferent since moving to Inter. He is surplus to requirements in Milan and Jose is obviously happy to offload him. Still, an ex Inter player sounds good doesn't it, until you remember how poorly Italian club sides are now performing in Europe. The days when Italian football lorded it are now over and their game is in a mini crisis - with falling gates and corruption.
So, as exciting as the rumours sound, I hope Zola is going in to this with his eyes open. I am not sure I want West Ham to be Inter's finishing school; I am absolutely certain that I don't want us to become Jose's dumping ground!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:45