Loyalty and patience, two undervalued concepts.
- Jul 16, 2007
People still remarkably fixated on the prices of players, and applying the "pre-Neymar' pricing to things. Player transfers went absolutely mad two and a half years ago, more or less doubling over the course of one window. The new fat television rights that Premier League clubs get only makes it worse. Van Dijk is still our most expensive signing (by a substantial chunk) and is still only about a third of what Neymar to PSG ended up being, and that was almost two years ago.
Joao Felix went to Atletico for over £110m FFS.
Does my head in. For YEARS during Rafa's time, one of the most bandied complaints was "fuck sake, we have to shop at Poundland while our other rivals shop at Harrods." Incessant moaning about "Christ, we NEVER make a marquee signing, just ONCE it'd be nice to sign a proper top class talent!" Now we actually have the pull AND the money, and NOW we're moaning about "Ooh, well, I dunno, Sancho's transfer fee might be a bit high like, might be better if we lodge that money in the credit union in an account with a sensible interest rate."
The Minamino rumour came out a few minutes after I wrote that reply. I'm sure that before the double-header against Salzburg, no one here had heard from this lad. And yet, now it seems that we are about to sign him, he looks quite a canny deal in all regards. Not only the fee, but especially the player himself. Of course, there are no guarantees that it will pan out like for Bobby, Mo and Mané, but it's just the way how they like to work.(...) Going by the way how the club and Klopp work, they will go for a good player coming from a smaller club, pay a hefty, but still 'reasonable' fee for him, with an incremental, performance-based contract, and then develop him into a 100m-player within a couple of years (ie. Firmino, Mané, Salah). (...)
Interestingly, that signing (if it happens, fingers crossed!) all but ends the Sancho rumours, as Minamino covers the same positions on the pitch as him. And his integration will be a lot easier presumably, as he won't feel a massive transfer fee or overblown expectations hanging around his neck all the time.