Just a note to highlight the disregard some modern day footballers have. We read in the news that Plymouth are close to disappearing, running out of time and cash. Maybe this would of been slightly different if Gosling would've done the right thing, and got a fee ? not just for us but for the club that developed him also.
Another sign of the power these players have. I am not saying he would of saved them, but surely they would've been a million or so better off if he would've signed a contract before we sold him, and they had a sell-on clause...
Steve Foster, Posted 08/03/2011 at 12:21:49
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1 Posted 08/03/2011 at 13:32:50
It was Everton's usual disjointed in-house management that left the door open for Gosling's agent to exploit. It was a shocking decision for the lad as he's sat on the bench most of this season whilst his agent no doubt walked away with a few quid in his backburner.
2 Posted 08/03/2011 at 13:39:14
3 Posted 08/03/2011 at 14:35:49
Probably sat in the treatment room for the rest of it. It really makes me wonder if Everton had a poor prognosis for the lad's injury, and knew that the chance of him coming back this season was slim at best.
You gotta love a good conspiracy theory!
4 Posted 08/03/2011 at 15:24:39
You could be right about Everton offloading him after his injury though... that's £8k a week saved there, phew!
5 Posted 08/03/2011 at 18:41:46
6 Posted 08/03/2011 at 22:04:40
We lost out on millions of pounds, £8k a week saved is nothing. His transfer money could've meant two or three loan players' wages paid for.
7 Posted 08/03/2011 at 22:09:39
8 Posted 08/03/2011 at 22:35:45
Comparing him to Coleman, there is no competition, because Coleman has the ability to improve his game, like Rodwell.
In all, I think loosing Gosling was a good thing, the injury notwithstanding. I honestly cringed when I saw him in the team ahead of a better player.
Sure, he nabbed some nice goals, but it doesn't make up for his all-round average or below-average performances when Moyes would start him.
I distinctly remember his passing being worse than Hibbo's on most occasions ? and that's saying something.
So no, I don't think we lost millions... but we did save on his wages and gave the slot to Seamus ? a much better player.
As for Plymouth going into admin and they could be wound up, I'm not sure where you're getting this strange idea that, if we had sold him to Newcastle, it would have given them a million or two. Last time I heard, I am sure it was like £20-odd million in debt, so it wouldn't have made an iota of a difference.
I sincerely hope they don't get wound up; no team deserves that crap, unless it's the Shite.... haha!
9 Posted 08/03/2011 at 22:47:05
For me, he will always be remembered for that one-on-one against Bolton (3-2) last season where he somehow managed to lose a 20-yard headstart when through on goal, neglecting to pass to the man in space before scuffing his shot.
Zero pace, zero composure, zero vision... and a quite horrendous end product. Possibly the worst passage of play I have witnessed in a blue shirt, it should have been his last game for the club anyway. £20,000 pounds a week after a lengthy layoff from serious injury? No thanks.
10 Posted 08/03/2011 at 23:07:25
Eight months on that type of money ~ £500,000 ? add in all the other sundry expenses of keeping a player: medical bills, massages, shit loads of pasta and ultimately it is Newcastle who look like the mugs at present (although I did say to my mate once, on a night out, that he'd be the next Frank Lampard).
As far as Plymouth are concerned, I don't care.
11 Posted 09/03/2011 at 00:23:03
12 Posted 09/03/2011 at 02:34:04
We lost that money through mismanagement.
13 Posted 09/03/2011 at 03:29:04
14 Posted 09/03/2011 at 05:03:10
And over on the other wing, is Arteta now suddenly worth the money everyone was crying about? Pienaar left and so someone else had to be used in 'his' position. Maybe that will work out for the best because Pienaar hardly ever produced the end product, whereas from 'his' position, in just a few games, Bily set up Saha's first v Blackpool, and Arteta Beckford's second v Sunderland and a Saha sitter at the Barcodes.
There will always be exceptional players whose departure would adversely affect teams but I'm thinking of an Alan Ball in Everton's case and none mentioned above are in the same league.
15 Posted 09/03/2011 at 08:04:58
16 Posted 09/03/2011 at 08:35:07
It limits how adventurous your LB can be. Also Baines hasn't had any rest this season.
17 Posted 09/03/2011 at 10:29:05
18 Posted 09/03/2011 at 11:05:46
19 Posted 09/03/2011 at 11:38:08
If Plymouth weren't happy with the £2 million we gave them, they should have hung onto him or demanded more. If they were unable to do so because of parlous finances, then they are a badly run club with only themselves to blame.
It's a similar story when you get a team like Leyton Orient, relying on a glorious cup run to break even every season. What the FOOOOK? And people say that Premier League clubs are badly run...
20 Posted 09/03/2011 at 11:58:29
I wish Pienaar had stayed too but I was underlining the point that he wasn't that great and life goes on. In terms of end result, I believe weve scored more directly from the left wing since Pienaar left. Even Anichebe was laying them on from there on Saturday. The common denominator here is Baines. He's made them all look good.
21 Posted 09/03/2011 at 18:58:39
Contrary to popular legend after your stints at Celtic and Tranmere Rovers, you do know your footbal!;-)
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