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Are Football Players A Bit Stupid?!?

Are Football Players A Bit Stupid?!?

It might be obvious to some, but the way we all talk about our beloved footballing heroes makes me think that perhaps we are treating them a bit too like they are normal, rational human beings who aren't living in a high pressure environment with no time whatsoever to think!

Perhaps the reason that things have been slow around Villa Park of late is the not due to insufficient funds or MON's bumbling. Perhaps it is the same reason things have been so slow at Everton. That reason being that footballers are a bit thick.

We are all very worried about the current transfer policy at Villa. I certainly am and think that having now started our second competitive season without a right back is criminal. However, today David Moyes admitted he was finding the transfer window very frustrating which echoes thoughts from our own MON.

What if the problem is simply this: to any intelligent football fan, both Villa and Everton seem like decent prospects. Stable finances, long term manager, vision and potential. But to a footballer who may not have such a considered view it must seem like we are a bit of a boring club compared to Spurs or Pompey who are setting the window alight with activity.

In my opinion both Spurs and Pompey seem like worse prospects than Everton or Villa for a number of reasons. Pompey don't have the fan base or the long term vision and spurs just seem to have more money than sense which makes an inevitable West Ham like 'fiscal tightening' a future possibility.

But maybe what makes a club attractive to someone with time to spend posting on a message board in the middle of the night (cough, cough) is not what makes a club attractive to a professional footballer.

Perhaps the reason we didn't get Bentley is because Bentley sees Spurs as a better prospect because they are buying players with a bit of a 'buzz' about them. Spurs have a buzz. Man City have a buzz. Pompey have a buzz. All because they are buying 'name' players that also have a buzz.

But we all know that clubs that get a bunch of buzz players don't always do well. In fact, do they ever? Newcastle, West Ham and Man City are all recent examples. Man City at the start of last year looked top four and scarily like a new Chelsea. But things mellowed and it turned out that Sven did well, but not that well. Of 9 players he got Petrov that was any good. (Elano is a waste of space IMHO before anyone chimes in) Not as well as MON who's signings included Harewood and Knight.

In fact, on this site we were all commenting on how great Sven had done and how it showed up MON's transfer policy. Then we finished 6th and they 9th after a long hard season.

The point is this: its not just footballers that are being a bit thick. Perhaps we all are. Perhaps we forget that MON is a top manager because he doesn't buy buzz players like Owen and Crouch and Defoe and Geovanni and Bianchi. He buys players he sees that have something a bit different about them.

We don't need buzz players and we can let Spurs have their Modric and Bentley and Pompey have Crouch and Defoe and Man City have Jo. Because maybe we didn't go in for them for a damn good reason.


Date:Wednesday August 6 2008
Time: 11:06AM


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The Fear
06/08/2008 11:17:00
Really really good article. I do, however, wish we were signing players too.
06/08/2008 11:19:00
whether MON gets it right or not, this is so so boring and frustrating.
06/08/2008 11:22:00
Good article, 'buzz' must come into sometimes. Although I still think a lot of it is more to do with money, and non-footballing reasons. London is London, Pompey has sandbanks etc.... Then there is the WAG factor, family, mates... People in general do not make rational decisions, let alone 'star' players in a world of their own with money to burn. Barry is just another prime example, Europe and Gerrard at any cost.
06/08/2008 11:43:00
We didn't even have a bid for Bentley accepted so you can't say it's because he thinks Spurs are better or anything like that, We had the bid rejected, it's the main reason, if we don't bid or players or meet their valuation we will never know if they will come, i am pretty sure we could of got Defoe for 7m in jan if we went in for him, but instead we watched Portsmouth build their team up, i'm pretty sure Danny Simpson for a 1year loan would of came to us but we probably never went in for him either.
Villa 4 Ever
06/08/2008 11:44:00
Oh i missed this as well, Portsmouth have sold Sulley Muntari for 12.7m and brought in Crouch for 11m sorry but at this moment in time they have no one we wanted, also Kaboul and Shorley might still come to us instead of Portsmouth, the only difference is Rednapp has come out and said they want to sign for him etc etc.
Villa 4 Ever
06/08/2008 11:49:00
"""Perhaps the reason we didn't get Bentley is because Bentley sees Spurs as a better prospect because they are buying players with a bit of a 'buzz' about them"""-----"""We don't need buzz players and we can let Spurs have Bentley Because maybe we didn't go in for him for a damn good reason."""" ..............Sorry but first your saying Bentley didn't want to come to us then your saying we didn't go in for him.... what is it ?
Villa 4 Ever
06/08/2008 11:53:00
Good article, I think it is universally accepted that most footballers are intellectually challenged(that sounds nicer than 'a bit thick') and certainly their decision making capacity is significantly different from most people. They seem to be complete hedonists, so 'Yes' you cannot expect logic from them. Mind you I think those that sign for Villa have a bit more between their ears.
06/08/2008 12:03:00
Well sorry Villa 4 Ever if it confused you, but glad you took the time to post 3 comments! The point I was trying to make was that MON backed out of the race for Bentley for some reason and that perhaps it was a good reason. He backed out quite quickly in a way that suggested to me that he had caught whiff of some bad vibes. It was widely speculated that Bentley wanted to go to London but maybe MON thought he could change that. After putting in a bid perhaps someone had a word to the effect that it was not worth bidding again for as Bentley already had his heart on the "spurs" revolution. I am obviously speculating but we all know that despite not technincally being allowed to speak to players until a bid is accepted, players find ways to make their preferences known. Just look at Barry, there is clearly a route from him to anfield despite no bid having been accepted. Hope that makes it clear...
06/08/2008 12:09:00
So basically Bentley didn't want us because "no buzz" and MON pulled out of even chasing because a "buzz" chasing player is not MON's type anyway. The two are compatible.
06/08/2008 12:12:00
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