Tuesday, 21 July 2009
What's to be done with a problem like Quashie? Feed him to the Wolves?
For those of us old enough, the old XTC number "We're only making plans for Nigel" might come to mind. I don't rate Quashie as a player and, after Ljungberg, he must be the dumbest of Curbishley's dumb signings, but I can't help but feel for the guy. He didn't ask Curbishley to buy him and, unlike Davenport, he has resisted the temptation to bitch about the club and yet, cruelly in my view, he has been left behind with the kids, isolated from the first team squad as if he is a victim of swine flu. Faubert is on the trip to Austria so surely a seat could have been found for Nigel?
He is clearly unwanted so what are we going to do with him? Perhaps we could follow the example of Michael Owen and prepare a brochure to be circulated around clubs. On the plus side, he has made over 300 first team appearances and has been capped 14 times for Scotland. In fact, he has a unique selling proposition, having been capped at U21 and B level for England but full international level with Scotland. Not many players have bridged Hadrian's Wall in that way have they? Of course the fact that he has been relegated three times from the Premiership might need to be glossed over. With Wolves and Birmingham apparently showing interest, there must be a good chance that Nigel could yet go down again. At this rate, he could change his name by deed pole to Gillian Taylforth!
The big stumbling block to any move is, of course, Nigel's salary. Like so many from the Turds and Egg interregnum he is taking home an absurdly inflated wage packet that no other club would be stupid enough to match. So we can't sell him and I'd imagine that any loan deal would be on the basis of us still paying a chunk of his wages. I am often asked why I am so hard on Curbishley. I give you exhibit A, Nigel Quashie!
I hope Nigel finds a club soon and earns his corn from West Ham by helping that club to relegation. Wolves or Birmingham? Take your pick Nigel, you can go with my blessing!
Posted by Hammersfan at 17:27