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The True Madness Of Premier League Wages

7 years ago

The Premier League wages paid to players are of course obscene but my opinion has always been that your top players who perform week in week out, do at least earn their money and ‘deserve’ it because it is a free competitive market.

I never begrudged Alan Shearer a penny because he put it in every week, likewise the fans who watch players such as Robin Van Persie, YaYa Toure and Steven Gerrard all see it the same.

What really sticks in the throat though are players who work the system and take advantage of circumstances to bank the maximum, giving next to nothing back. Newcastle have seen plenty and I’m sure you will have your own favourites but Marcelino would be hard to beat.

A case in point is Emmanuel Adebayor, who actually made a rare public appearance as a sub for Spurs in their six goal thrashing by Manchester City yesterday.

Spurs are desperate to get rid of Adebayor but he is in line for a £1.4m windfall if he refuses to move in January.

When City managed to foist the striker onto Spurs last year, to make the move possible Adebayor took a ‘pay cut’. In reality though, City agreed to top up the striker’s pay to the £170,000 a week he was ‘earning’ at City.

However, if Adebayor doesn’t move in January then Spurs must pay City £1.4m as an instalment of the transfer fee and then in turn City will have to pay £1.4m to Adebayor in order that his wages stay at £170,000 a week for the rest of the season.

It might be a bit strong to say ‘who says crime doesn’t pay’ but it is certainly criminal that Adebayor looks certain to stay at Tottenham doing nothing, to ensure he gets the extra £1.4m in wages. Whereas he could move elsewhere and actually play football and indeed earn his money, even though it may only be £100,000 a week or whatever.


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