Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Rewarding The Feeder Clubs - Fair Rewards For The West Hams Over The Likes Of Tottenham
The sale of Glen Johnson to Liverpool for a ludicrously inflated £17m has got me thinking. The directors of our club were, of course, crassly stupid when they failed to build in resale clauses when accepting knocked down bids for Rio, Cole, Carrick, Defoe and Johnson, but shouldn't the system build in an automatic reward for the club that develops the player in the first place? Wouldn't this encourage clubs to bring through young talent, if they realised that huge profits could accrue in future years for doing so?
The idea is simple enough. Without cutting across the Bosman ruling, FIFA could introduce a system where a player becomes registered "for life" to the club that gives him his senior first team debut. Any transfer fees paid for his first move would go exclusively to that club, and for all subsequent transfers, the club holding the player's debut ownership would receive a 25% cut. Suddenly, teams like Tottenham, who act as "middle men" for players like Keane, Berbatov, Carrick and Modric, would find their profits hit, whilst teams like West Ham who invest in youth and develop home grown talent, would receive a fair reward.
Let's take Robbie Keane as an example. His debut club was Wolves and he was sold to Coventry City for £6m, a huge sum actually given the buying club. But look at what has happened since. He then moved to Inter Milan for £13m, then to Leeds for £12m, then to Tottenham for £7m, then to Liverpool for a reported £20.3m, then back to Tootatthem for £12m (potentially rising to £19m). Rumours suggest that he could yet be on the move again. Add that little lot up, and Wolves would have collected a further £15.75m for giving Keane his league debut!
I accept that Keane is an extreme example because he is so widely travelled but if we look at West Ham, then we would be due a further £3m for Ferdinand, £5.25m for Johnson, £4m for Carrick and £6m for The Foe. Add that lot up and we would nearly have enough to settle the Tevez compensation agreement!
This isn't intended as a swipe at Tottenham and I know it opens me up to taunts of "Feeder Club sour grapes". This is a genuine proposal, however, a way of rewarding clubs for developing a player through to his first team debut and so encouraging clubs to invest more in their youth teams and to give kids their first team opportunities. It might also be a way of redistributing money from the bigger clubs to the smaller ones and so helping the likes of Crewe to survive. Sporting would certainly be smiling if they were receiving a cheque for £20m for the sale of Ronaldo!
Posted by Hammersfan at 06:29