I’ll start with ‘news’ from the Daily Mail who suggest that Spurs have offered us Roman Pavlyuchenko in exchange for money (£6 million!)
The very same Roman Pavlyuchenko that cost Tottenham a whole £13.8 million and scored a whopping whole 1 league goal last year.
If there is even an ounce of truth in this report, which there almost certainly isn’t, then I think we can all agree that we hope Arséne’s response is the same as if Spurs had offered us David Bentley after he’d had both of his legs mangled in a freak combine harvester accident.
The only concievable use I can see for Pavyluchenko is if we melted him down and used him as a doorstop.
On to more plausible news now and the London Standard reports that Phillippe Senderos will be allowed to leave in this transfer window.
As much as I like Phillippe, and I do (a bit), it seems clear that with the purchase of Vermaelen his time is quite likely to be up. However, the amount of times we found ourselves short at the back with defensive injuries last season suggests that Phil could still be of some use and I hope that should he leave, Arséne has sold him because he feels Senderos doesn’t have the required quality rather than because he thinks that we have too many defenders.
George Graham criticises Arséne for ‘giving up on Adebayor too soon’.
Quote: “If you have a great player and are having a problem with him you have to get into his head until it suits you.
“Alex Ferguson is a past master of getting around players and getting an extra year or two out of them before letting them go.”
The Alex Ferguson referred to here is presumably the same Alex Ferguson who got rid of David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Ruud Van Nistelrooy almost immediately after he took a personal dislike to them, rather than in the case of Adebayor, who in an interview with Football Focus, had gone on national TV and criticised the fans, Wenger’s tactics and expressed interest in leaving the club.
I think we can all agree here that George is a bitter trouble mongering arse who, after his part in the Rune Hauge scandal, should be ignored when offering any form of opinion on a manager’s transfer dealings whereas Adebayor had made his grave and had to lie in it with his actions.
That’s yer lot for today
What Do Pavlyuchenko & Adebayor Have In Common?