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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for and and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


Own Up Time – What Transfers I Got Right And The Ones I Flunked

Written by on September 13, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Money Game

I received an e mail earlier this week asking about a feature we did on the now departed Fox Soccer News back in July. Back on July 23 we picked 11 high-profile rumors and I had to decide whether these players were going to go or stay. All eleven were getting big time treatment from the media and bloggers with bids said to have been made and the finalization of moves just around the corner.

Now I am one of the first to jump all over the crazy transfer rumors that take on a whole new existence during the transfer window. So in the interests of full disclosure here are the eleven, what I thought would happen and what actually happened.

What we did not get a chance to show on the Fox Soccer read more click on the link.

One response to “Own Up Time – What Transfers I Got Right And The Ones I Flunked”

  1. John Bladen says:

    It’s almost impossible to predict transfers with accuracy Bobby. So much depends on things that aren’t rational (the whim of oligarchs and shieks, just to name two, the domino effect of other moves that may or may not happen etc).

    While the much ballyhooed Bale move could have gone either way, I don’t think anyone could have predicted (without knowing whether he would or wouldn’t move to RM) that Ozil would end up at Arsenal.

    It did seem likely that one of Madrid’s more highly paid MF would move if Bale came, but there was no way to predict where he might go. Even staunch Arsenal supporters wouldn’t have bet on him going to Emirates. All the Arsenal talk was about Higuain and Benzema. #Crickets#.

    You just never know.

    FWIW I was certain Rooney would be gone also, if not in the summer then certainly in January (though I was pretty certain Moyes would move him even faster than Ferguson would have done had he stayed on this summer…).

    The Fabregas thing was bunk from the beginning. We often blame agents or hangers on for creating these stories, but this one was just too ridiculous for anyone close to the player to have been involved with.

    If it’s true Mata wants out (for whatever reason) he’d be a great pickup for another PL side… where to?

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