Three things from January

Limited value for money in the English Transfer Window:

First of all, numerous clubs this month are laughing all the way to the bank, especially Hull in making £10million for Robert Snodgrass aswell as making a couple of shrewd loan signings, and Everton gaining close to £10million for the combined transfer of Darron Gibson and Bryan Oveido. Everton likewise have probably made the best bit of business in securing 19yearold Ademola Lookman for what could turn out to be a bargain £7.5million from Charlton. This past January transfer window just displays how much inflation has occurred within football for various reasons, but ultimately during this hectic month for many clubs in dire need it shows how Premier League clubs do not get any value for money. Just 10years ago Man United signed club legends Evra and Vidic for under £15mil for both, in comparison this year Man United were able to sell unused squad player Morgan Schneiderlin for £24million. Elsewhere Crystal Palace possibly spent the least value for money with the club basically spending close to £30million for two-left sided players who will not exactly make much of mark on where they will finish come the end of the season. In all respects, Jeffrey Schlupp is a direct, rapid and versatile left-back/winger and not forgetting Premier League Champion, and Van Aanholt holds much the same attributes and has been Sunderland’s best player for the last two seasons, but still I remember when these players were transferred for fees close to £5m each not £12m! In this same window European clubs have had better luck within the market with the two notable signings being 21year-old Leon Bailey from Genk to Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £12.5m, and future world-class star Julian Draxler to PSG from VfL Wolfsburg for £33.5m, unfortunately English clubs operate in a totally higher valued market.

Player Power

One player has dominated football headlines this month, Dimitri Payet. At the start of the month he came out stating to never play for West Ham again and as a result was sent to the U23 squad for training, sessions he rarely turned up for. This is a player who last season in his maiden one for West Ham in the Premier League became the clubs Player of the Year and was shortlisted for PFA Players Player of the Year, paired with his on-pitch exuberance and talent, Payet was quickly compared to charismatic West Ham players from the past including Paolo Di Canio, and Frederic Kanoute. His performances at the start of this season were not at the same standard, and apart from the odd free-kick and the magical goal against Middlesbrough he hasn’t been the same player, and you could tell something was wrong. I have heard many rumours why he wanted to leave West Ham ranging from problems involving his wife, homesickness of France, and other generic reasons, but to say he would never play for the club again he rejected all the fans who passionately gave their support for him. In the world outside football, if I turned up to work and proclaimed “I don’t want to work anymore”, I would be sacked without no compensation and likely would struggle to find another job for a few months afterwards. Not with footballers, the footballing in a huge, overpowering bubble outside of the world we fans live in and it is continuously floating farther away. This player power must be stopped for the good of the game, whether it is legal restrictions on contracts or enabling clubs to actively sack players following the behaviour of Payet, and additionally Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa.

 

Sam Allardyce somehow still employable

Technically Allardyce was employed on the 23rd December by Crystal Palace following their sacking of Alan Pardew, but this disgraceful employment had to be included within this blog article. Only in July he was given a two-year contract by England, Allardyce’s supposed dream job, but after 67 days he was sacked due officially to ‘allegations of malpractice’, that turned the English national team into an even bigger joke than when we were beaten by Iceland only months earlier. Regardless of the finer details of the scandal, Allardyce was essentially trying to earn extra cash on top of his existing lucrative England contract and full well knowing he was acting illegally. Wales manager Chris Coleman correctly stated that those responsible should be given lifetime bans from football, but the corrupt and weak FA were never going to issue those charges. Allardyce exposed himself as a capitalist, greedy c*** who gave no hope to the future of English football. How Crystal Palace subsequently signed him is beyond me, he should be left rotting albeit with his millions as the disgrace of English football and never employed again in or out of football. He epitomises the state of the world, where no true equality will be present when money has the same alluring effect and power on people.

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