- Mar 6, 2006
In a normal market without a release clause he would be 30-40 million.....whether he is worh it of course is another debate.Like many here, I've seen quite a lot of Shakiri when BR tried to bring him, and after that With Stoke and now the world cup. Here is the quedtion, in the CL final last season Real were able to bring Bale from the bench, our option now is Shakiri. Does he look like any where near that level ?
If he would have cost 40mil, would you still think it was a good deal. He is a bargain because he is cheap, not because he is that good.
Young players need chances to prove themselves, if there are 3 senior players for a position, than the 4th option never gets to play. There is only so much time a player is willing to wait to get a shot.
As for the youth, its a double edged sword, they get there chance by forcing the manager to select them. If one of those young guys are going to make it they should back themselves to leap frog someone like Shaqiri, who in your book is average.
One final note on the Bale comment the answer is obvious, to note however in that final Milner, Henderson and Gini all started - they certainly won't be gauranteed starters this season. Add a number 10 to that Fekir or other, along with a fit Lallana - our bench starts to look much better overall for sure.