Monday, 8 February 2010
Upson Off As Sullivan Talks BUSINESS SENSE! What about football sense?
So Diddy David has decided that the best way to play poker is to show all his cards as he sits down at the table. This guy has got a gob like a machine gun on amphetamines! His latest revelation is that Upson will be sold in the summer as soon as a substantial offer is received because it makes "good business sense".
Interesting. I thought the Davids were in this because of their love for West Ham! Even the old regime at least tried to kid us that the needs of the team took first priority. Sullivan has, however, opened his bathroom robe and let us see in full frontal glory that balancing the books comes ahead of retaining key players. Welcome back to the bad old days of West Ham being a selling club!
There's three really stupid aspects to this. First of all, Sullivan has just talked down Upson's price! By revealing that we have to sell, he has shown his hand in a crazy way. Why would Wenger offer top dollar to help us offload a player we cannot afford to keep?
Then there is the message this gives to Upson. Why does he care what happens between now and the end of the season? So what if we go down, he is off anyway! Maybe he was sorting out the contract with Arsenal in his head when that ball bounced between him and Green on Saturday!
And finally there is the effect this may have on the rest of the team. "If Upson can go, why can't I?" might be in the thoughts of Green, Parker, Behrami and Cole. In fact, one way of ensuring the opportunity of a move away would be if we were to be relegated!
The players at Hull, Wolves and Burnley are playing for their Premiership futures. If their club is relegated, they will go down with the sinking ship because nobody else will want them. However, our big names have lifeboats personally earmarked for them, with the names of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool painted on the side. Tell me, which set of players is likely to be the hungrier between now and the season's end?
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:42