An interesting comment on Spurs Community in relation to the current Mexican Stand Off in the Premiership at the moment. Three very ambitious sides are in what can only be described as a ‘holding pattern’ and one man will be the catalyst to get things moving. And that is the multi-million dollar man himself, James Milner.
Milner’s transfer is by no means inevitable, but my prediction is that this will be a mini saga rather than an epic one. Martin O’Neil has to play his one good card carefully here or he might not lose his shirt, but more importantly his seat at the table.
Manchester City are, if what we hear, are effectively being held to ransom. I’ve made my opinions on Milner known. He’s overpriced beyond imagination, but it’s not really my concern. If Asda or Tescos start demanding £50 for a four pack of Carlsberg Export, then you’ll hear me whine, because it’s my money.
The allure of a ready to go, Premiership proven player is just too much of a tease to prevent those kind and goodly folk who run top flight football clubs from digging deeper than they really ought to, even for players who are merely, ‘alright’. Downing, Lescott, or Bentley anyone? The list goes on and on.
But in this instance an interesting dynamic has occurred. Suddenly we have three teams thrown together like home owners in a property chain.
Villa have Milner to sell.
Spurs want to offload Keane.
Manchester City want to buy Milner.
City want to offload Bellamy.
Villa supposedly still want Robbie Keane or perhaps even Craig Bellamy.
But Villa have no money without selling Milner.
There is also talk of Ashley Young and Stephen Ireland in these increasingly complex deals but I could see no reason why O’Neil would possibly entertain losing him for all the tea in china. He has a superb record there and his departure would tear the already upset guts out of the club. Ireland is a good player, but not in the same price bracket (for me) as the rest of these names.
A final scenario of Milner to City, Bellamy to Spurs and Keane to Villa Park would by my estimation be a good result for all concerned. Well, if all concerned only consisted of Harry Redknapp and Martin O’Neil, that is.
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