The agitation game – why players throw tantrums to get that move

THIS has been something of an unsatisfactory summer for the reputation of footballers and their commitment to their contracts. A string of major players have made themselves the proverbial “pain in the arse” in order to push for a transfer, mostly when they are in mid-contract. The most recent example appears to be David Luiz, who moved from Chelsea to Arsenal in the closing minutes … Continue reading The agitation game – why players throw tantrums to get that move

Stability breeds success… if time permits

THERE’S a lot to be said for continuity and familiarity when it comes to football teams and invariably, successful teams only use a small group of players in pursuit of glory. Some of the best champions have depended on 11 or 12 players that perform like a well-oiled unit that becomes telepathic in its interaction. The importance of squad stability has been underlined in a … Continue reading Stability breeds success… if time permits

Do they think we’re stupid? Players and their “heads”

VIRGIL van Dijk is a decent player and one that is surely going to get better with time. But he’s playing the “not in the right frame of mind” game that is usually the precursor to a move to another club. Does he really think we’re buying this? If van Dijk is not in the right frame of mind, it is because his agent and … Continue reading Do they think we’re stupid? Players and their “heads”

Jorge, Pogba, Payet and Sky: Kiss the badge and then they fly

IT has been another week that has highlighted the mercenary nature of professional footballers and the true value of a contract – the agreement between employer and employee that seemingly binds the relationship for a given period. We have also been reminded of the manipulative approach adopted by the men behind the smoked glass windows in helping their “clients” agitate for a move. Footballers have … Continue reading Jorge, Pogba, Payet and Sky: Kiss the badge and then they fly