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Is It Worth The Sacrifice Of First Team Football?
AnthonysOpinion (Atlético Madrid) 4 years ago
Hmm. In lots of ways I think it is good for talented youngsters to sit on the bench. They can practice with the best and improve their game dramatically without the cheers and jeers of fans.

The ability to quietly improve one's game while at the same time getting acclimated to the pressure of playing for a Mega-club has a lot of Pros to it.

Of course, the obvious Cons are: playing will get you better quicker; and being Noticed can profit the individual enormously...
Neji10 (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Wis to see Moses playing regularly for Blues, he has got real talent in him. But I'm afraid its not going to happen
Footymasta (Manchester United) 4 years ago
I don't understand how all these wonder kids give up guaranteed 1st team football and a chance to further develop into an excellent footballer for the sake of making the so called dream move to a much bigger richer club where witouth a doubt they will endure prolonged periods of time on the bench.complete waste of potential
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago
I awoke this morning desperately trying to savour another spellbinding weekend of football while reflecting on another frantic-yet-disappointing climax to the transfer window. Prior to the controversy, the breathtaking goals and an all too familiar Manchester United comeback, ‘deadline day’ failed to conjure the high-profile panic buys that have decorated its previous incarnations.

With the new Financial Fair Play regulations beginning to take effect, perhaps clubs are focusing their attentions on the raw, unproven stars of the future as they seek to bolster their squad. The likes of Scott Sinclair, Victor Moses and Jack Rodwell all moved onwards and upwards, attracting criticism from countless individuals who claimed they had been blinded by greed. Each of the aforementioned players will undoubtedly endure prolonged periods on the bench this season, which begs the question as to whether it’s worth sacrificing first-team football in order to secure that ‘dream move’.

Scott Sinclair was arguably the most surprising addition to the Manchester City squad – aside from the forgotten figure of Richard Wright – as he departed a Swansea side prospering under the guidance of Michael Laudrup. His reluctance to entertain extending his expiring contract meant he effectively went on strike in a bid to force a move through.

Sinclair looks destined to replace Adam Johnson (on the bench) who himself endured a torrid time since a big move to Eastlands. In recent weeks it’s become apparent that Roberto Mancini favours a formation without wingers, instead adopting a wing-back system where the likes of Kolorov and new signing Maicon can flourish. Sinclair is therefore likely to be competing for a place in Mancini’s frontline amongst four world class strikers with a better reputation, level of experience and strike rate in front of goal. A strange move then as the memories of struggling to break into the Chelsea team must still be fresh in his mind.

The redeeming feature of his actions surround the fact that was honest enough to make his intentions to leave very clear, rather than prolong an ugly saga like the one developing between Arsenal and Theo Walcott. Had he held his tongue then perhaps Swansea wouldn’t have been able to bring his exciting replacement, Pablo Hernandez.

In stark contrast to the state of affairs surrounding Sinclair, Manchester City reportedly failed to seduce Omar Abdulrahman. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder produced a number of standout displays for the United Arab Emirates during the Olympic Games, which earned him a trial in the blue half of Manchester. However, after impressing Mancini he opted to pledge his foreseeable future to current club Al Ain as a sign of loyalty to the management who invested time and effort in his development and the relocation of his family.

This is a wonderful and rare selfless act within football but could he live to regret his decision should the Premier League fail to come calling again?

The transfers of Jack Rodwell and Victor Moses to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively also raised a few concerned eyebrows. I think it’s obvious that Rodwell wasn’t exactly eager about a move to the reigning champions and was the victim of Everton’s ‘sell before you buy’ transfer policy. However, the player himself admitted he would have been ‘foolish’ to turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity and perhaps this challenge will provide the motivation he needs to realise his potential.

Moses on the other hand is a player that has been destined for a big money move ever since bursting onto the scene as a teenager at Crystal Palace. His conduct during negotiations was utterly commendable and you get the impression he would have been content with another season as the catalyst of Wigan’s attack. However, both players will face an unprecedented level of competition for a place in the match day squad, let alone the starting XI and it’s difficult to see their appearances in the league reaching double figures.

The transfer window also marked several examples of players ‘falling from grace’ in order to revitalise their stuttering careers. Both Adam Johnson and Charlie Adam have joined new clubs without the same level of expectation in the silverware department but while they will relish their new status as first-team regulars, I doubt either player would have any hesitation making the same move again despite the gift of hindsight.

It’s almost impossible to give a definitive answer on this issue because every transfer scenario boasts its own set of unique circumstances. When past professionals reflect on their time in football they are often quick to highlight that one defining moment in the career. For the lucky few it’s the opportunity they grabbed with both hands but for many it’s a constant source of regret. The truth is every player is driven by their ambition to succeed at the highest level, the trick is being fortunate enough for the right opportunity to come along at the right time.

Written by Will Taylor

This blog does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of footytube or its partners.
Otownballer (Arsenal) 4 years ago
Good post. While I agree that each case has its own unique set of circumstances and conditions, and setting aside the question of money, it does seem reasonable for a player to want to take a chance at a truly big club and see what he's made of, to test his mettle against the best of the best. Professional careers are short, a player's prime lasting perhaps 5 years. If in that time they have the opportunity to join a huge club and compete with world class players, I think most would go for it. If they ultimately don't make it, they end up at a smaller club -- which is where they would have been in the first place.

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