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.