It’s not really a farce. Well, maybe. This whole show business that we call football. Focussed on money it makes me sick. Neymar may have ruined football in terms of inflated transfer fees, although I have a counter argument which I heard, if I’m honest, but football transfers and this build up, speculation and unveiling of players is embarrassing.
The thing is, in Belgium players were being signed too quickly, if that makes sense. It was as if a river broke its bank, to then a stream drying up. The worry for me and the league are players moving abroad. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I’m selfish. I want the best to stay and better to come in. I began the summer doing a transfer weekly roundup. Going to my opening paragraph, I got bored of it. There is always excitement if your team signs someone, but I have no allegiances to any of these clubs, but for the league I’m more happy than excited.
Big players in the league have unfortunately left and I’m gutted. But forget that. The action on the pitch has destroyed anything written by bloggers, journalists or football experts. When 5 of the bottom 6 should possibly be in the top 6, you know you’re in for a ride this season. I guess the only criticism of this league is the total lack of clubs in European competition. Starting with 5, we now have…2. The reason that’s a negative is because people would rather play in Cyprus than in Belgium.
But forgetting going abroad for maybe playing in other competitions, I would never begrudge players, and this includes Belgium, leaving for financial gain. Silvio Proto has joined Olympiakos with Bjorn Engels. They should win another league after winning everything in Belgium already. So it’s personal glory, but maybe better wages. Every player does have themselves to look after, and that includes personally. If they’re offering up better money, take it!
But I’ll end on whet I also started with. Damien Comolli said recently that he feels that massive transfer fees will be a thing of the past. Players will sign smaller deals so they can move after 2-3 seasons. Just think…Virgil van Dijk and Coutinho are still at their clubs because they signed huge deals and clubs can afford to keep them, playing or not. It’s interesting but I think fair. He does have a point…