Greed Trumps Playing.
.... reports that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Everton and part-time England midfielder Ross Barkley in this January window, it seems we have decided that his wage demands are bordering on insane for a player that is as inconsistent as he is at times compelling.
According to the Telegraph, Our Chairman was hoping to get him on a free at the end of the season when he is most likely to have had the time to prove he is over what was a pretty nasty hamstring injury as the scar down the length of the back of his thigh can attest to.
Buying players after a serious injury is a huge risk, once you have committed to a 4 or 5 year deal if they don't fully recover you might as well have burned a few crates of Fifties roasting some seasonal chestnuts.
Taking massive risks like that simply are not in our budget and Poch may well have considered there are better less risky options. How much of a blow this is to Poch's plans we may never know, but I for one believed that if he joined us he would under Poch's tutelage steadily improved, become more consistent and finally realised his potential.
Taking these sort of monetary gambles for Chelsea is easy; wasting tens of millions on wages on players that simply adorn their bench is a well-travelled path for them.
Unless Barkley significantly improves, the chances are should he join Chelsea he will spend the next few years watching football rather than playing it.
But at least his agent will be richer for his advice and Barkley will be comforted by his bank balance, and that is what the game is all about, right?