Cutting Off Our Nose
I was not happy to read we had loaned Assou Ekotto to QPR for the season. Tom Carroll fine, although I would have preferred a Premier league club. But Benny? how does that make sense?
With him gone we have one left back at the club, Danny Rose. Apart from that we have Fryers, who is as yet untested, and then we are into playing people out of position (Naughton, Vertonghen).
Why does it matter? Well, even ignoring injuries, consider our Europa league game away at Anzhi Makh'kala on the Caspian Sea. To get there and back is about a 4,500 mile round trip, if you want to keep players in shape to play at the week end there is no point in putting them on the bench, the travel will kill them.
You need two teams, therefore two left backs. I was unhappy last season when I felt AVB was sacrificing our chances at a Champions league spot by his pursuit of the Europa, I don't want the same thing to happen again.
Its not even as if we are saving much money, does anyone think QPR are paying much of BAE's wages? It does seem to me that AVB has something of a problem when it comes to dealing with players he doesn't rate. He got it wrong with Dawson last year and later admitted it, his treatment of BAE has been worse.
I don't see how banning a player from training or loaning him out for a pittance when we are short in that area helps the team, its cutting off our nose to spite our face.
Written by jod