The “undisclosed fee”; How does it benefit the fans?

I’ll bet you any money that many of any transfers in this winter window will involve “undisclosed” fees.

Why? What’s it about?

To me, there can only be one reason and it’s basically so owners/managers can’t be criticised if they’ve over-paid for players.
Which is fair enough; no-one wants to look like a mug if they’ve got it wrong.

But where does this leave us as fans?
How can we criticise players when we don’t know what we’ve paid for them?
By the same token, how can we praise players when ……

You get the idea.

My point is, how can you judge any player if you don’t know what’s been paid for him?
Where’s the competition, that the fans love, in saying X was a much better buy than Y, if the clubs take this information away from us?
Where’s the debate going to be had, if we don’t know how much the Villa have spent compared to z club?

Indeed, where can there be any debate, apart from what’s happening on the pitch?
Even then you can’t really debate and the result will be the only thing that matters.

That’s certainly not what I want.

My firm belief as a general viewer of the premier league these days, is that we’re being presented with a smokescreen.
One where the owners don’t want you to know what’s really going on.
One where you’re being conned, in short.

I don’t know how you can complain or protest about this sort of stuff, but remember, I mentioned it as something you might want to think about.

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  1. Bill Pearson January 8, 2015 at 5:48 pm . Reply

    Supposed we’re the only club that falls for the five card trick, how many more clubs are saying don’t say anything we will sell you to the Villa and spit .we only buy dead beats and has been.

  2. BWS January 9, 2015 at 7:49 am . Reply

    Rumours of Elon Musk buying us. He’s a South African born Canadian American worth around $12 billion (f**k knows what that is in English money). Lets hope there’s some truth in it and Villa can escape this football purgatory and move forward.

    1. DSVilla January 9, 2015 at 9:53 am . Reply

      Sounds like a 1970’s perfume but if he’s that rich bring it on.

      1. BWS January 9, 2015 at 11:33 am . Reply

        I hear he’s a bit of a Brut!

      2. Andrew January 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm . Reply

        Why does it matter that he’s worth 12B or say 2-3B? With FFP he can’t spend more than someone worth less.

        1. BWS January 10, 2015 at 8:52 am . Reply

          You are still permitted to lose £105m over 3 seasons, can you see Randy putting that sort of money into the club?
          So yes it does matter.

    2. Hitchens 60 January 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm . Reply

      About £8 billion BWS

      1. BWS January 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm . Reply

        Cheers h60, so it’s safe to say he’s a couple of quid than Randy then.

        1. Bill Pearson January 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm . Reply

          He must have lost some BWS just Google him and says 2.1 Billion ,young geezer bit like Chelsea rich twit. Don’t have enough for us need to start from ground upwards.

          1. BWS January 9, 2015 at 1:24 pm .

            He made 1.1b yesterday mate as shares in his company gained 14%. Google Elon Musk net worth, it’s 11.7b Bill.

          2. Bill Pearson January 10, 2015 at 11:06 am .

            Puts me in mind of a pension rise coming soon, April.⏰ .

        2. BWS January 10, 2015 at 10:44 am . Reply

          H60
          * a couple of quid more than Randy then*

          1. Hitchens 60 January 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm .

            Bet they have the same amount of ready cash though BWS – that would very little then!

  3. OriginalLondonLion January 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm . Reply

    Elon Musk is not afraid to go against the trend. When everybody else was making electric cars like motorized roller skates and shopping trolleys his Tesla was a 140mph sports car. When they said nobody would build a factory to make long range batteries that made enough of them, Elon Musk built his own giant factory. So bring him on, and tell him Villa cannot hope to challenge the big 4 for EL places!

    1. GarethVilla January 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm . Reply

      Where are these Elon Musk rumours-I can’t find any links?

      1. Bill Pearson January 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm . Reply

        Wouldn’t worry Garethvilla only wishful thinking, Villa ain’t that lucky.

        1. Hitchens 60 January 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm . Reply

          Now there speaks the word of wisdom……..or is just years of following the Villa, Bill 🙂

          1. Bill Pearson January 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm .

            Take your pick Hitchen 60, on reflection may have kept me going all them year’s. (WORRY )

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