I was just reading through the article about Victor Anichebe not agreeing new terms possibly leading to EFC losing him on a Bosman, and it got me thinking about the number of players that have spun this one on us.
For the most case, it hasn't been too bad as those who have left at the end of their contract or sold very close to recoup some money turned out to be rubbish at their next club.
The question i have is, do we believe that there has been a player lost who would have been worth agreeing to their terms?
I'll start the debate by saying that Don Hutchison was the only one keeping this club from relegation (and Scotland on the Radar) so I would have paid the extra he wanted.
Mitchell Wilton, Posted 26/12/2010 at 09:03:23
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1 Posted 26/12/2010 at 16:14:30
I always thought Matteo Ferrari looked superb for us. I remember when he put Henry to shame in a sprint. I know he had injuries but I think we should have kept him.
I don't know if this counts because i can't quite remember why he left us? Was it him or his club we couldn't agree terms with? We definitely missed Carsley, would have given him another year or two, as a squad player.
2 Posted 26/12/2010 at 18:17:33
As for Carsley, I think he wanted to be nearer the Midlands for the sake of his family. He went with the blessings of every Evertonian for what he did for the club.
3 Posted 26/12/2010 at 22:14:48
4 Posted 27/12/2010 at 01:58:47
Problem is the contract issues are left to fester and should be done from a year out or sold on. If they can't agree terms sell them. This is a business and letting you assets go for no money is a crime when we are having to settle for loan players.
5 Posted 27/12/2010 at 02:02:30
6 Posted 27/12/2010 at 11:29:25
The Gosling fiasco showed how inept the club is when dealing with finances.
7 Posted 27/12/2010 at 11:17:44
If a good player has, say, 18 months left on his contract, we should offer him a new one, in a deal that is fair and beneficial to the club; if he refuses, we should sell him.
By waiting another year for these dithering prima donnas to "sit down and have a look at the contract", we are handing even more power to them. It's embarrassing.
8 Posted 27/12/2010 at 12:00:36
9 Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:18:03
I also believe, as we brought him through the youth system, if he doesn't re-sign then we would still be due a fee from any new club as we have made him a written improved offer. This was where we went wrong with Gosling. Nothing was in writing.
10 Posted 27/12/2010 at 19:37:19
11 Posted 30/12/2010 at 03:03:22
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