I saw this story early this morning, but didn’t want to undermine TGV’s article, so have left it a while.
Hence by now, you may have already seen it.
But it’s one I feel I have to bring up;
I find this quite simply unbelievable and I’m almost lost for words.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve raved about this kid, as some of you probably know and he looks the best thing since sliced bread, what with his two footed dribbling ability combined with frightening pace.
A Messi on speed, if you like.
And he looks a superb prospect, one so good that I’ve passed on his Youtube videos to a few of my non-Villa supporting mates, who have all agreed, he looks 100% class.
Which is something I’ve never done before, for what it’s worth.
But what on earth is this deal about?
I thought we were playing Moneyball, where yes, the aim is get them in young, but also supposedly cheap?
Where does this sort of deal come into that way of thinking?
It’s not the money that bothers me.
You need to pay top dollar for good players; that goes without saying in the Premier league.
But I would have thought with the constraints we’re under, that the money should be saved for those at the peak of their game.
Those that have been proven, for at least sometime.
The likes of Adebayor, for example, who as much as I didn’t/don’t want him, is a much better bet on his supposed* £100k a week?
We all know Traore has come from Barcelona, but what the hell justifies this sort of wage for an unproven kid, who might not be able to live with the rigours of the Prem in the middle of winter?
This strikes me as a Randy Lerner signing, as surely it can’t have come from Fox or the moneyballers, can it?
Purely because it’s a Barcelona player, where someone thought it might make us seem we’re ambitious?
This was a signing that was made by someone, that Sherwood simply didn’t approve of and he said as much, when he said “the kid’s raw and isn’t ready” or words to that effect.
He must have been fuming and rightly so.
Talk about undermining your manager and this must be about as bad as it gets, in my opinion.
How can you even consider making a club in Villa’s position’s highest paid player, a nineteen year old?
What’s it going to do to the morale of the older players, many of whom aren’t being paid half the money we’re talking about here?
I’m quite frankly astounded.
And it just goes to show what sort of people we have running the club, if they think this is the way to go.
I’m clutching at straws now, in that I hope this story is total rubbish.
But it’s in the Telegraph, so I really suspect it’s not far off the mark.
And it’s probably come from Sherwood, himself.
Regardless, it’s a bloody disgrace, in my opinion and I’m fuming mad.
Or do you think I’ve got it wrong and this is the way to go?