Sam Allardyce always has an eye for a bargain and would probably have the label of ‘wheeler dealer’ if Harry Redknapp didn’t act like Del Boy’s famous long lost Uncle.
The Daily Mail and a few other sources across the internet claim that former Galactico Guti is ready to join West Ham United and become the second over 35 signing for the hammers this week, with Jussi Jaaskelainen reuniting with his former boss.
Allardyce has a history with bringing out an Indian summer from players that lit up the stage in the late 90’s or early 00’s. Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro and Jay Jay Okocha won the hearts of the Reebok faithful during a time when the Bolton changing room was similar to an old box of World Cup 98 Panini stickers.
With this in mind I would foresee no problem with Sam Allardyce convincing Guti to join West Ham but with the riches that the Gold and Sullivan partnership are willing to splash on a player, it could be a case of Guti getting one last pay off before ending his career.
If you think they won’t spend over the odds on Guti then just remember they paid Frederic Piquionne, John Carew and Papa Bouba Diop enough to play at Championship level even though they rarely featured toward the end of the season.
Having won everything at Real Madrid and Besiktas – he won his first domestic trophy in Turkey May 2011 – I doubt he would have the motivation and desire to put on a shirt every week and play his heart out so he can gain mid table obscurity. Allardyce managed to get some formerly great players to play at Bolton but back then the wages weren’t as astronomical as they are now.
On the other hand if Allardyce wanted his influence to rub off on some of his younger players he couldn’t go for someone with better experience. Guti has won 3 Champions League titles and 5 La Liga titles along with playing an arm full of El Classico’s making him as comfortable with pressure as David Cameron is with Rebecca Brooks, allegedly.
Young midfielder’s like Jack Collison, Mark Noble and the controversial Ravel Morrison could all learn a lot from the man who performed one of the most audacious assist’s in La Liga history.
His role as the ‘Scott Parker’ of the team wouldn’t be hampered by age either. He would most likely be sat in front of the back four tidying up any loose mess and allowing his defenders to concentrate on keeping some of the best strikers in the world quiet as well as letting creative midfielder’s like Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison and Mark Noble focus on the attack and helping out when his leg’s begin to creak.
It would be wonderful to see Big Sam pull off one of his old school signings and let them reinvigorate themselves for one last flourish before ending their career on a high note whilst simultaneously endearing themselves with a new bunch of loyal and good hearted fans. If he could also knock some sense into the troubled Ravel Morrison I’m sure Allardyce and the majority of the West Ham back room staff would make a shrine to him.
Unfortunately the cynicism inside me can’t be controlled and with this transfer likely to go ahead I would be worried as a West Ham fan that Guti won’t just be blowing bubbles on the bench whilst collecting a handsome pension each week.
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