The transfer window has already got into the swing of things with Manchester United and Liverpool making big money signings. There is still a couple of months to go in this summer window but already I think it is safe to say this one will break the record for most spent, as the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea haven’t even started their ‘wheeling and dealing’.
So many players will be led astray by the pound signs and move onto the ‘bigger’ clubs, and it will be hard to blame them for doing so as they are furthering their career, but could some be moving too early or even just to the wrong club?
Loyalty has never exactly been a prominent thing in football, and it most certainly isn’t high on Nasri’s agenda, after his agent revealed last night that contract talks are all but over with Arsenal. Manchester United is reportedly the Frenchman’s preferred destination and the Red Devils are keen on a move, a move that would materialise after the Gunners ace had a less than impressive second half of the season, actually lets face it he went ‘walkabouts’. After an explosive beginning to the season Nasri looked unplayable but after the turn of the year Nasri’s influence decreased with every game, something Alex Ferguson wouldn’t accept. My point is that at Arsenal it has taken Nasri nearly three years to justify his big money move (with regards to how much Wenger usually spends) and less than four or so months later he had slipped off the radar when his team needed him most. I may be proven wrong and Nasri may be ready to play consistently for a whole season, something which he will have to do or the Frenchman will receive a football boot to the head.
The former Blackburn Rovers defender completed his big money move to United this week, after a very impressive 24 appearances for Rovers this season. However he impressed because he started 22 of those 24 appearances, playing continually is (or should be) the most important thing for a player, but at United I just don’t see that happening. Nemanja Vidic is the first name on the team sheet, and Rio Ferdinand has shown this season that when available he is key to the United side, next in line would have to be Chris Smalling who deputised superbly this season when Ferdinand was on the sidelines. Fourth choice centre back isn’t something a future captain of England (well according to Stuart Pearce he is) should be looking for or even accepting.
Another case of over priced English talent, Henderson had one game that warranted a £19.25 million move and that was when his Sunderland side beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, since then he has hardly set the world alight. I’m not doubting that Liverpool’s new man will go on to be a star but it may be a longer and harder process while on Anfield, especially with Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles and Lucas no doubt ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order, and that’s before you even consider Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey, fellow youngsters trying to make it at Anfield.
So is it the right move for the individual players, or one that in time they will live to regret?