January, a time famed for bargains and sales galore in shops up and down the country, unfortunately for West Ham and Mr Gold and Sullivan the football world just doesn’t work like that. The January window is famed for over inflated prices and dodgy agents, it is a nightmare to buy the best players.
A good example of this is Robert Snodgrass of Leeds. Is he worth 6 million? No of course not there is no doubt doubting his talent but in truth he is probably only worth around 4 million pound. My reason for my valuation he is unproven in the Premier league, he has only 18 months left on his contract and Leeds have a cheapskate of a chairman in Ken Bates. If Gold and Sullivan put a 4 million pound bid in for him in the summer you can bet your life we’d have got our man. This is one reason I believe there needs to be serious thoughts about whether the January window should be open. It means big teams like Manchester city and Chelsea can cherry pick which players they want, offer their big bucks get there man and leave the club they bought from struggling to find a replacement.
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Do I blame Leeds for rejecting out 4 million pound bid? Of course I don’t it would give them little time to find a replacement with anywhere near the same quality and ability that Snodgrass has. Without Snodgrass’s goals and assists they wouldn’t be as high up the league as they are now such is the importance he is to Leeds.
Another factor why the bid was rejected? The timing of the offer, they had just sold club captain Johnny Howson and the Leeds fans were left in uproar. It is hugely unlikely that they will sell there next best asset. Of course I hope I’m proved wrong and that Bates is even cheaper than we think.
Whilst I rant about the bid, I am pleased to see the Hammers attempt to bring him in. He is exactly the type of player we need at the club he is skilful quick and has a goal scoring touch that our midfield lacks except our skipper Kevin Nolan. He has a super cross and set piece ability which the Hammers miss dearly without Matty Taylor.
So do I blame the owners? No. The buck lies with agents and the media creating attention and player’s heads turn. To Snodgrass’s credit he has kept his head down and his loyalties remain thoroughly with Leeds. But in my view this window has and always will dent the game. As players fear injury, this leads to the player not playing 100% every game in case they miss out on their dream move.
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