In this age of internet and information thru twitter, I’m sure you’d understand that I take most of my advice from people who are active on twitter and not the people who are qualified to provide that opinion.
It’s been more than 8 months since we hired your services Andy. You cost us £35 million upfront for your services for a period of 5½ years and around £60,000 per week in wages excluding bonuses and add-ons.
We’ve in effect, amortized more than £4 million of your fee already and paid almost £2 million in wages. For the £6 million we paid, what have we got in return – 3 league goals and 1 league cup goal in all competitions?
In the light of above information and my highly twitter influenced opinion about you, can I please get my money back!
Oh wait… I didn’t pay for you from my account!!!
And…. you weren’t fit enough for most of that period! Oh yeah, the summer occupied a good part of three months out of those eight mentioned above and obviously you couldn’t play competitive fixtures because there weren’t any!
In the remainder of the time, are your performances good enough to warrant the upfront outflow? Once again my esteemed twitter comrades have given their verdict against you. So we’d like you to pay back the portion of the fee which makes you the most expensive British footballer ever (I title most liberally used by respected newspapers like Daily Mail).
The only problem is that you didn’t ask for that money, nor did you pocket any part of it!! Some have been preposterous to suggest that it was a demand-supply thing.
The respectable twitter community also suggested that you don’t have the talent to merit such a price tag and that your agility and other footballing attributes have left a lot to be desired. So what if Kenny Dalglish, Damien Comolli, Steve Clarke and other so-called ‘better’ judges of talent think otherwise. If the twitter community doesn’t like the price, who is John Henry to take out his checkbook and write that obscene check to Mike Ashley?!
I have some doubts about the current situation though Andy:
1. If you were neither the buying or the selling party in your transfer and you don’t get any part of the transfer fee, why is it that you’re always judged by it. Wasn’t it just something that NUFC desired and LFC were comfortable in paying?
2. If Kenny and Damien and the team think you’re talented enough, why is that some of these respectable twitter experts form their opinions based on single games? How come you ‘weren’t good enough’ before the Everton game and ‘getting back to full fitness’ after it?
3. Why is that the fans who sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ so proudly so frequently, are so tempted to ostracize a player who sports the #9 shirt for the club given to him by the club’s greatest legend?
Well, I’m sure you’re not intelligent enough to have answers to those questions. Nor am I. May be I’ll go back to these experts and ask them. If you’d like to have a feedback, you too can follow me on twitter – @kaushal__
YNWA till then!
PS – In the meantime, I’d go buy some official merchandize and be proud that I paid for a part of your association with this club.