It’s hardly surprising that Colo might want out. Footballers always play on their emotions. He has no real emotional attachment to us other than 4 years playing for us. During that time he has only really enjoyed one season.
After watching the owner stare directly into the mouth of the last summer transfer gift horse he probably feels fed up. Let’s face it, we all do. I think if he stays now he will want to go in the summer. I will be interested to see how his performances are affected for the next 17 games. I wonder how many years it will take to replace him.
At the going rate it takes about 1 year to replace a direct departure and 2 (and counting) to replace a poor player. Now look at how Remy is apparently thinking twice about us and considering 5th placed Arsenal. I bet he would have come in the summer.
The worry for me is that what Ashley has shown to our players is that, ‘if you have a great season, we will bank the money, won’t improve the squad and will sell you if we can’.
Who would want to try hard under those circumstances? What’s the point in Ben Arfa, Cabaye, or whoever, staying next year. They know what the club will do if they have a good season, never mind the one that they are having currently.
People say that you find out about people when the chips are down but I think we have found out a lot more about our owner and his mates when the chips were up. Worrying times lie ahead I reckon.
Saddest of all perhaps is the fact that 52,000 people could have predicted this season but the 3 or 4 that matter couldn’t.
I’m not sure which group to put Pardew in.
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