By Lilly Black
Ross Barkley. £50 million! In the words of John McEnroe…You Cannot Be Serious.
A few years ago this boy looked the ‘Real Deal’, full of confidence, full of outlandish goals, full of invention. Now he looks a shadow of all that potential.
So he wants a new challenge. Not surprised as Everton won’t pay him the £150,000-a-week, and it seems that Spurs will. But Daniel Levy apparently is doing his usual, waiting until the last minute in the expectancy that Everton will see sense and lower their ridiculous valuation.
Of course, from Everton’s point of view its hardly ridiculous when Manchester City pay as much for a full back, that as Gary Linker felt the need to lampoon, cannot cross the ball.
launched its “Rant” section this week, and there was quite a strong reaction to my first Spurs Rant going on about the only team yet to buy a single player when signings are rampant among all Spurs main rivals.
Ray was was of many who responded by suggesting Spurs buy Isco. Good shout, mate.
The Real Madrid midfielder is not in their team, and might fancy a move to the Premier League, but thats not the point.
The point is Isco or Barkley?
The point is that £50 million for Barkley is a joke, while £30 million for Isco would make sense.
Hence the reason why its a nonsense to promote the notion that clubs like Spurs should be promoting the kids through the ranks, just because its the right thing to do.
The right thing to do is to give the kids who have the real talent their chance, but kids for the sake of being PC is not the way forward.
Barkley is a prime example of why clubs look for the ready made foreign option rather than risk so much of the raw talents of English kids. You cannot say Barkley hasn’t had his chance with Everton and England, and yes he looked brilliant at first, but he has lost his way badly.
Take him on loan with an option to buy him, for sure, which I am equally sure Everton will not be keen on.
So whether or not we like Levy’s last minute.com
approach to the transfer windows, again it makes sense to try to either drive down the price, take him on loan, or better still….buy Isco.