Everyone’s Talking About: Football Transfer Fees

24 01 2011

While many of my posts have a sporting theme, it’s not often that I feel the need to voice my opinion on specific topics. But this week, the topic of transfer fees in football has got me suitably worked up to the point that I’ve decided to put pen to paper (electronically speaking).

Charlie Adam: Only when the price is right.

So what exactly has got me, and everyone else in the football world talking? Well it all started about a week ago when Darren Bent completed his move from 6th placed Sunderland to relegation threatened Aston Villa, in a move that could be worth £24m. Cue an out cry of “£24m for Darren Bent? The world’s gone mad”, and “The money in football is ridiculous” rants from the red-top newspaper contingent.

Then no sooner had the ink dried on Bent’s mammoth Villa contract, the attention had turned to Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam – with interest from several Premier League outfits including troubled Liverpool. According to reports, Liverpool had a bid of £4m for the Scot turned down by the Bloomfield Road club – and this was the straw that broke the camels back (or my resolve in this case). £4m for a player upon whom Blackpool’s hopes of remaining in the top flight rest. £4 million!? What are King Kenny and co. playing at? I want some of what they’re smoking in their board meetings.

But before I go off on a pointless rant, let me digress. I believe the key term to remember throughout any transfer saga is context and I’ll start with Darren Bent. Is he worth £24 million? If Aston Villa stay in the Premier League then yes. If Villa had made the same bid last year when they were flying high and pushing for Europe then it may have looked a bit extreme, but in their current predicament they need goals – and fast. So as much of a shock as this is going to be to your Sun reading football fan, the world hasn’t gone mad. All we’re seeing is a worried Chairman realising he needs to take action before it’s too late.

And now we move on to Mr Charlie Adam. If we’re continuing the theme of context then the Blackpool midfielder is surely worth a fee close to that paid for Darren Bent, or the least Liverpool could do is put a one in front of that £4 million. You see, if Blackpool stay in the Premier League then they’re set to reap financial rewards to the tune of £40 million – so if by selling Charlie Adam they’re putting that financial reward in jeopardy then surely Liverpool (or any other club for that matter) would have to pay them handsomely for the privilege.

While Darren Bent may prove to be a snip at £24m if he can propel Villa up the league, in this writers opinion Ian Holloway is perfectly within his rights to play hardball. So Chairman of the Premier League, I urge you to take a step back and consider whether your next bid fits within the context of the two clubs involved, and the situation at hand. Villa (through the acquisition of Bent) and Sunderland (financially) will both benefit from the events of this week. Only time will tell if Blackpool will be duly compensated for the potential loss of their prize asset – whether Adam expresses his desire to leave or not.

Yours sincerly,

A football fan who finally put his rant down into blog form.


Everyone’s Talking About: Mario Balotelli’s Hat

21 12 2010

After delving into football’s latest fashion fix with my recent post on snoods, it seems Man City’s playing staff have served up another gem. Before last night’s Premier league clash with Everton, City’s Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli arrived wearing a very questionable piece of head gear (see below). Whatever you think about snoods, this is one football related fashion accessory that definitely isn’t going to catch on.

Everyone’s Talking About: Snoods

14 12 2010

It’s not often that catwalk models and Carlos Tevez would have anything in common, but with the rise of a certain fashion accessory Carlos and his fellow professional footballers are very much – if not contriversially – en trend.

While as a fashion accessory I think they have real credibility, as a football accessory I’m struggling to see the point in the snood. In all my years of playing the beautiful game I’ve never once suffered from a cold neck – hands yes – but never a cold neck. Needless to say I’m not the only one with an opinion on the subject, with Mr Roy Keane expressing his distaste in his normal poetic manor earlier this week.

“Don’t get me started. I don’t know how they do it. It’s very strange. Gloves, scarves, I think somebody came on a few weeks ago for [Manchester] City who had a hat on. I don’t know how they do it and focus on the game, it’s weird. That’s the way the game’s gone.”

So it’s a no from me and Keano as far as football goes (despite most of the Arsenal players trying to convince us otherwise) but in style terms the snood is on fine form. I’ve picked out these five fan favourites for ‘Snood Of The Month’…

The Ashes Moustaches

26 11 2010

Thursday saw the start of the Ashes 2010, as England and the Aussies kicked things off in Brisbane. But this years first Ashes test had more of a gentlemanly air about it – no not because Shane Warne wasn’t playing  – but because many of the participating players were sporting very impressive Movember moustaches. While ITV4 might give you the  in-play highlights, Pour Homme is offering the ‘Ashes Moustaches’; a highlight show that doesn’t waste time with middle aged ex pro’s in dull shirt and tie combos, but get’s straight into the action. Highlights from day 1 include England’s Kevin Pietersen, 6 wicket hero Peter Siddle, paceman Mitchell Johnson and a rather patriotic Aussie fan – let’s just hope 3-1 isn’t an omen.

Movember Special: Sports Stars & Their Mo’s

15 11 2010

After featuring Kevin Pietersen’s Movember effort in my last post, it got me thinking about sports stars of the past who have sported (pardon the pun) some questionable/cracking facial hair. So I’ve put together some of the very best for you all to feast your eyes on – including most of Liverpool’s team during the 70’s and 80’s and an honourable inclusion for Gary Neville! But my favourite? Former Arsenal ‘keeper David Seaman. Not just for the mo, not even for the ponytail. But for the “yeah I could have been a model” smouldering look he’s giving the camera in this pic!

KP takes Movember onto the world stage

14 11 2010

As if you needed any further proof that growing a Mo was the right thing to do, England Cricket star Kevin Pietersen has unveiled a piece of facial hair that he hopes will hit men’s health concerns for six. Posting a picture of his newly acquired facial hair on his Twitter page last week, KP revealed that he’s “Growing a Mo during the Ashes for the cause!”. How refreshing it is to see such a high profile sports star getting involved in Movember, and let’s hope that it sparks a trend, encouraging other sports stars and celebrities to take part. Who knows, next year we may even be able to count on Mr Rooney, Mr Murray or Mr Lampard’s effort during Movember. Hats off to KP!

Run Fat Boy, Run!

14 09 2010

Athletes, masters of their trade, and (for the most part) professional – that’s the perceptions we’re fed about the modern footballer. It’s “all about diet and preparation these days” the pundits keep telling us. Well, as always there are a few exceptions to the rule, and that exception goes by the name of Benni McCarthy.

The South Africa and West Ham forward was this week fined £80,000 (or two weeks wages) for not meeting the deadlines of his weight loss programme set by his club. For a man who trains every day, imagine the amount of cake you’d have to eat to keep up that kind of weight gain – well played Benni, well played son.