prophet:marginal wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:09 pm
The fans I know and speak regularly about football with reckon he's one of our best performers, but think he shows potential, more than raving that he is the real deal or anything.
In the same vein, whilst I wouldn't say that we overrate the kid, have we actually watched him take a game by the scruff of the neck and really boss it? That may come, of course, but, well let's put it this way, £90M in the board's mouthpiece paper? He's not seriously worth nearly £100M, not even in this day and age. That's the kind of fee that double title winner Kante would command.
My go to source of transfer valuations is the CIES football observatory who have a remarkable track record at forecasting player values ( most clubs pay a subscription to them, and it operates effectively as an indexing system)
They have both players , Rice and Kante in the same valuation bracket 70-90m euros, the difference being their age. Kante at 28 is a player who on his next deal will be seeking a final payday package, Rice has it all in front of him.
The traditional school of thought is you can't move up the league table by selling your best players, and to a certain extent I think that still holds true. However, taking Leicester City as the exception, they won the league, then sold some of their best players, but reinvested the money wisely, the Kante fee buying Madison and Maguire. The former will be joining the latter at Old Trafford in the summer for £75m plus.
So for me, whilst I'd be reluctant to sell, I wouldn't oppose it on principle, but I'd insert a caveat that if we sell, make sure we sell at the time we have a manager who knows what they are doing when it comes to reinvesting the money.
- with regards the Rio money being wasted,
was never supposed to spend any of the fee on anyone.Brown paid him a £300k bonus for talking up the fee (Redknapp had a slice of profit on transfers contract), and the money was supposed to be spent on the new West stand. Brown went on holiday and good old
blew the lot aided and abetted by Storrie, and once Terry came back nocely tanned,