If he signs for Tottenham, I won’t be shedding any tears

Football FanCast guest columnist James De Merit won't be sad to see Anton Ferdinand leave Sunderland.

I never ever understood what the real fuss was about with regards to Anton Ferdinand and that is why I always held great reservations when he was brought to the Stadium of Light and despite a relatively decent start, I began to realise as to why I disliked him so much.

I think half the problem with Anton is that he actually thinks he is his brother and is blessed with the same gifts. Certainly with the ball at his feet the similarities are there and he is a good distributor of football, but that is where it ends and he doesn't possess firstly the work ethic, or steely determination that makes Rio one of the best players in the world. If he did have that appetite then he would be one hell of a player, but if the likes of Keane and Steve Bruce cannot unlock that from him, given their competitive nature as players, then what chance has anyone.

This season things haven't improved and I was delighted to read in the paper this morning that Bruce is losing patience with him and looking to move him on. There was talk in the summer that Bruce was hoping to swap Anton for Alan Hutton at Spurs and why it appeared that the stumbling block was that the Scot didn't want to move to Sunderland, it makes you wonder if Bruce will be so against a straight cash deal for Ferdinand. Let's face it the only reason he was kept was due to the crazy decision to sell Danny Collins, which Bruce now clearly regrets. Spurs are desperate for defensive reinforcements and if Harry thinks he can succeed where others have failed then I say good luck to him.

There will be no Sunderland fans shedding tears if Ferdinand was sold onto Spurs, in fact there will be no shortage of drivers to take him.