Millions Of Pounds Leaving On A Summer Free?
James Nursey has an interesting article in The Mirror about Nigel Hokey-Cokey, John Carew and Steve Sidwell.
As James points out, millions of pounds worth of talent who are all out of contract next summer.
Now it will be make your mind up time for Gerrard Houllier but obviously also the players who can make themselves even wealthier with a free move.
Money wise, we have seen millions come in and leave for very little, anyone remember Marlon Harewood? So lets hope this sort of thing comes to an end with Houllier.
John Carew was a swap for Milan Baros so probably around £5m (or £3.5m according to James) if you were putting figures on the transaction. He blows hot and cold, mostly hot v the lesser teams. Will his time now be up? Will he want to stay? The 31-year-old has moved about a fair bit in his career and can get another very nice pay day by moving again.
Hokey Cokey was around £7.5million from West Ham. He is only 26 but again, now he has waited this long, would he accept a new contract or prefer a bigger signing on fee elsewhere?
And as for Sidwell, he moved from Reading to Chelsea on a bosman then to us for £5m. The move just hasn't worked, or not yet has it?
So... millions of pounds potentially leaving on a free. Or does Gerrard cut his losses and get a small fee in January? That is also in the players / agents hands though!
Which of those - if any - would you keep? Our latest poll asks the very same question!