Today we play the Chavs, is anyone feeling confident?
I was okay until I heard the news yesterday about our dear striker Robin van Persie who now is out for the rest of the season or as Talk Shite said “ he could even miss the World Cup” who cares about Holland if he plays he will probably not play for us again until 2011 as he will no doubt get injured again.
It is a real shame for the lad as his career has been 50/50. Half the time playing and the other half in the treatment room, I wonder if he regrets playing for his country? He does seem to pick up the majority of his injuries doing so.
In any other business you only work for one employer, in sport it seems there are different rules, a business puts 5 years into a player only to get him to a stage where he is one of the best 11 in his particular country, then that country can say “WE WANT YOU” and there must be a major draw in representing your country because there is only a handful of players I can think of who have ever turned the request down.
Now I know that if you play for your country you can add value to your worth, but that can work both ways for a club.. If they wanted to sell him he would fetch a greater transfer fee, but on the flip side the player can demand higher wages, if he doesn’t get his rise there are plenty more clubs out there who will want an International player, eh Mr Agent!
So is there an answer to this problem.. Stop the players playing for their country, put a clause in their contract.. What player would do that when the club around the corner will take them on and not put such restrictions on him.
The players are so powerful now, they can command £100k per week, play for their country (for nothing in the case of England) get injured then creep back to the hand that feeds them for their wage packet.
Playing for England and the exposure for marketing is a far better way to get rich than anything you can buy off Ebay for a fiver.
Okay what about compensation? Well I was told only the English FA pay compensation to English clubs, foreign football associations don’t do this for us. Even if they did pay the players wages in January we need another striker now Robin is belly up, so if we sign Chamakh for instance, what do we do with him at the start of the 2010 season? Oh yeah sit him on the bench for 2 ½ years and pay him £70k a week. And what player would want to sign knowing that they will be collecting splinters when our darling is back?
I know it’s down to the player to make the spot his, but we could end up with a situation that Chelsea found themselves in with Wayne Bridge, paying the best two English full backs top dollar.. only one can play in that position.
So if we want the best players to play for us we have to bow down to there needs, there hands are squeezing our proverbial nuts..
We could do a Pay as you Play contract, but Rosicky would have to register as a charity to pay his mortgage. What can you do???
I am hoping that all this RvP news hasn’t done the same for the players moral as it has to some of us fans, I am still going to go with us winning 2-1 as Jonjon said yesterday a draw is okay for pride, but it isn’t going to help us catch the Pensioners at the top.
I have a feeling that we will outplay them like we did in the Carling Cup final all those years ago, only I want us to come away from the game with a different outcome, I am sure there are a few players who have memories of that day and hopefully they will want revenge.