I was more than a bit taken a back when I visited another website on Tuesday morning. As with many soccer sites much of the focus was on the transfer dealings of the day before and in particular the Torres to Chelsea; Carroll to Liverpool deals.
The attention given to the two strikers wasn’t what I found odd, it was two polls that asked readers to vote on the Biggest Winners and then the Biggest Losers – not the TV show but rather which Premier League club came out on the short end of the dealings.
A scan of the first poll (the Biggest Winner) showed no sign of Newcastle – strange. Down to the “loser” poll and there was Newcastle.
I made a mental note to check back later in the week. Earlier today I did just that and to my astonishment I discovered that Newcastle had walked away with the Biggest Loser title – as of this morning near 45% of the votes had gone to Newcastle.
A quick review of the facts;
These are, in my best Rafa Benitez tone, “the facts.” It may not be a “fact” but it has been widely reported and accepted that Liverpool paid around $55M to Newcastle to sign Andy Carroll.
The point is not that Liverpool paid well over the odds – a subject debated long and hard earlier this week. The issue is that 45% of fans, who I can only assume believe themselves to be well informed, think that Newcastle have been screwed over by accepting $55M for a player with the resume listed above.
If a club with $55M in their jeans cannot strengthen their side then what hope is there for other clubs. How often have we heard this week that clubs spending “that” kind of money are insane? If the poll result is any indication the insanity has spread like wildfire.
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