So peeps are now happy Adam Lallana signed a £120k p/w contract rather than a £150k p/w contract.
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Part of his interview with Ekstra Bladet.
Talking about regressing to the mean, one guy who has really boomeranged back to Agent Average status is Drinkwater. I was a sceptic at first and then he slowly had me believing that maybe he was just one of those later bloomers and that he was actually fairly good, at least decent. It is so obvious now that it was all Kante propping him up - very average player.
I don't know why Mahrez gave up on an impossible to not like man like Claudio Ranieri. All Ranieri ever did was put him on a platform to get everything he got last season and then worked ever so hard to keep him over the summer rather than cash in which he could so easily have done. Repaying him this way is terrible IMO. I know its easy to say last season was a fluke and this is just them reverting to who they have always been. And I think there is a lot of truth to that. But I also think they all have done Ranieri a big disservice. It's one thing conceding world class goals like the one we saw against City yesterday. If you watch the lead up to the tackle in the box that led to the PK today, there were 5 Leicester players who could have done 20 different easy things to not let it get to that tackle, but instead, they all just stood around and watched as if in a trance and did nothing
Perhaps that's why people are more content with it? That and the understanding that our wage bill is increasing exponentially, with similar level players becoming our highest earners.
If I'm correct, I think he was on around £70,000 a week? So you'd have to decide whether what he's done here in his two and half seasons warrants a £40,000 wage increase? Obviously the player would argue that if he's signing a new deal, then he wants a cut of that unprecedented tv deal that's inflating player valuations. On one hand, given he's had roughly half a season of outstanding football (and that's taking into account that his level has actually dropped recently too) I don't think he's done a great deal to justify a new deal and a huge pay rise, but on the other he's now established himself as one of our better performers in the last few months so could argue that he is deserving of a pretty hefty wage rise if it's time for a new contract.
Last edited by FIOS; 23-2-17 at 01:45.
Besides, I don't think that's the point most are making. We have a limited budget to work with, so we have to be clever with how we distribute wages, rather than wasting them.
I believe Coutinho is now our highest paid player at £150,000 per week? Lallana, although very impressive for half a season, doesn't compare to him.
If we want to be bringing in better players, but have a limited budget to play around with, then £40,000 per week saving on Lallana's wages should be seen as a great thing.
We also need to stop wasting money on players who have no chance here. Markovic is on like £45,000 per week? I'm not sure how much of that we're paying though. Manninger (don't even know what he looks like) is taking thousands per week. etc etc
Unless your on personal terms with the players and agents, that's just pure make believe......again. Any player who has less than 2 years remaining on their contract has the potential to 'jump ship,' anybody with common sense would realise that.
I remember when the owners took over, and they were asked about lowering the wage bill. I think it was Werner who said no, the idea is to increase the wage bill. I would hope the idea behind that was first that we could increase the wage bill by hugely increasing the revenue but also that we would increase the wage bill because the best players demand big wages. I would hope the idea is to pay big wages to players who are worth it, which I absolutely think is something the owners have tried to do. They have tried to implement a system that rewards the better players here. Perform and you will earn. That's fantastic and admirable but it's not enough. We need to be able to do more when some of these big targets become available. Like with Sanchez and Draxler. We needed to be able to offer big money from the off. With Sanchez, we could offer marginally more than Arsenal But my hope is that instead of offering £10,000 more, we could have offered £60,000 more. That we could have offered £200,000 a week, the money allocated for Suarez, to make his decision to join Arsenal tougher. One way to do that is to limit the wages, and of course fees, being given to superfluous players who absolutely aren't making any sort of contribution to the side from the moment we sign them.
Where would Lallana go from here?
And I don't literally believe there is "zero chance" of him leaving. It's a phrase used to emphasise my view that the chances of him leaving a very small. I credit you with the intelligence to understand that point without further explanation.
Last edited by FIOS; 23-2-17 at 02:01.
Don't we have a bonus policy based on performance? You become one of the best players in the team you get paid accordingly? I don't see the problem with that myself. Perhaps the point with Lallana is if we sign more quality and he is on decent wages he stays and is happy to be rotated rather than look for an out.
If Can for instance sees this he thinks, do much better and get paid much better. A young quality player sees that if he fulfils his potential the club will reward him for it and he comes here because of that.
That's great for the players we have here but not so great when it comes to trying to sign some players.
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