It’s just a quick one, mainly to test that our Twitter notifications are working ok now, but this story really caught my eye.
According to the Daily Star, contract talks with Jack Grealish, whose contract runs out next Summer, are close to stalling.
The reason apparently (and yes, I know it’s the Star) is because we’re only offering him £5000 a week.
The story goes on to say that Chelsea have made enquiries about the kid previously and they’re still very interested in him.
It’s also no great surprise that they’ll offer him more money too.
Now, I know the arguments that will probably be coming; he’s only a kid, he hasn’t done anything yet, we can’t be held to ransom etc, but surely if we want to look to keep our brightest up and coming kids, we need to pay them competitive money?
You can bet that any of the top five or six clubs would easily double and probably even quadruple that £5k a week for such a strong prospect and while of course they’re in a better position to be able to do it, we simply must come up with something that’s at least in the ballpark.
I don’t care how we go about it; a highly incentivised contract based on performance would be my way of thinking.
If we lose this kid, after what I’ve seen of him, I’ll be well miffed.
On a different note, I’d like to say congratulations to Fabian Delph for his first full England game.
I didn’t see it, but from what I gather, while he wasn’t brilliant, he seems to have been one of the better rated players on the night and didn’t let himself down.