Saturday, 4 July 2009
When will the transfer merry go round start? Man City, Tottenham, Villa, Liverpool - it's all gone quiet over there!
Apart from Real Madrid, nobody has really done much in the transfer market so far. The transfer window is now officially open and players have reported back for pre season training and yet, Michael Owen apart, and he was on a free, nothing much has really happened. True we have landed Jimenez on a loan deal, Liverpool have bought Johnson for an absurdly inflated £17m and Man Utd have signed Valencia from Wigan for an absurd £16m, but what about Unreal City (after their initial spurt), Tootatthem, Blunderland and Villa, clubs linked with a host of deals recently but who have not yet captured their primary targets.
The delays are totally illogical. Selling clubs find themselves paying salaries through the summer for players they will not be using in the coming season. With salaries of £50,000 per week or more, that is crazy. Meanwhile, the buying club is reducing the time available to work with the new signings and, with wholesale changes, risk doing a Tootatthem, using September and October as a get together session, forfeiting fifteen points in the process. As for the players, they have to cope with moving home, and often country, whilst trying to perform to the best of their abilities for the new club.
The selling team is massively inconvenienced. The Mancs may not like the way that The Real Deal do business but at least Ferguson knew early doors that he had to replace Ronaldo. Look at the chaos at Tootatthem when Keane and Barbietop left very late in the day. Suddenly Oneday Ramos was scratching around trying to find anybody to play up front - and took a desperate punt on Roman Pavlova. He should have bought 'Arry's wife instead! And imagine the psychological effect on the rest of the squad left behind when a key player departs just before kick off. It happened to us when Joe Cole joined Chelsea; imagine the uncertainty that would be caused if Upson, Ashton and Green were to depart at the beginning of August!
The failed bid for John Terry is a worry. Unreal City have money to burn and are clearly targeting an English centre half. It may now be Lescott but Upson is more in the Terry mold so I expect him to be their first choice. If he goes, Clarke and Zola will have a major problem to solve. The longer they have to solve that problem, the better. Meanwhile, let's hope 'Arry leaves his inevitable flurry of deals as late as possible!
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:02