Peaches wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:45 am
I think we are at a crossroads with Rice, and perhaps even our other good players like Anderson. If they develop into Champions League Caliber players, the only way we keep them is by paying them champions League money and improving the squad enough to give them the belief we could be in the Champions League one day.
Trouble is footballers careers are short.
Hardly any talented players are going to hang around at a club at our level on the potential promise of Champions League football/ winning trophies etc, when they can sign for a club that can offer that opportunity immediately.
The nature of football as it is, is that we could sign £200m worth of players and still only have a small chance of breaking the top 4, let alone establishing ourselves in it.
Man U may not be in it this year, but any given season they probably have a greater than 50% chance of getting in it the season after, or winning a cup. Leicester won the league, but Kante still realised that moving to CHelsea gave him better immediate and longer term prospects because they were much more likely to be challenging for the next seasons.
The fact that Declan's best mate will be playing in the Champions League this season doesn't help!
It is a bit of a double edged sword. If we come 6th, it will mean we have had an amazing season, but our players will then be massively in demand from those established clubs who can offer Champions League/ good chance of trophies every season. Will even Europa League be enough to keep them?