“So cheap, they’ll even pay their wages to play for you!”
What’s the biggest problem with overpaying for average players when you are a rich ‘flash the cash owner’?
It’s not the knowledge that you’re getting price hiked by other clubs and there’s nothing you can do about it other than pay £20m for the new Steve Claridge. It’s not even having to pay to lengthen the car park for all the overpriced cars only to see Stephen Ireland turn up in a 4×4 with Pink Alloys.
What is the biggest problem is trying to sell ‘Mr Average’ when it’s time to move them on and the biggest reason for that is that no-one will consider paying them the money they are on at your lot.
That is the situation Manchester City are now facing as they attempt to get rid of three players who are now out on the fringes at Eastlands; Wayne Bridge, Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor.
You can cut transfer fees on players as much as you want, but getting a club to pay their wages is a different matter. As much as every player wants to play football, when you can sit in the reserves and pick nearly a 6-figure sum per week if you are Bridge or Santa Cruz or almost Rooney-esque wages if you are Adebayor that is a very attractive proposition.
I can’t see any club that would appreciate the talents of those players in their starting XI having the financial clout to pay those types of figures even if they thought they were worth it, which they blatantly are not.
This would mean that City would probably have to make up the wage shortfall for the rest of their contracts. As a result, all manner of clubs could be brought into the fold, although maybe not quite to Bellamy to Cardiff extremes.
It would not surprise me one bit if a cut-price Santa Cruz was fought over between old club Blackburn and ‘best friend forever’ Mark Hughes at Fulham. Meanwhile, Wayne Bridge could practically go to any bottom 10 club he wanted to. (Sunderland, West Brom and Birmingham City watch out). Although at his age, having been with City and Chelsea before that, his next contract could be a major shock to the system.
As for Adebayor?
Well, his record with Arsenal was exceptional so someone big is bound to sign him…