I’m a bit surprised no-one has mentioned this in the comments, but the Mirror are suggesting that IF we survive this season, we’ll be offering Christian Benteke a pay rise.
No surprise there, I suppose, but what I found of interest was that we will possibly offer him up to double his current (speculated) £20k a week.
In other words, we’ll offer up to £40k a week.
Now, I’m a constant critic of the money in football, what with the stupidly high ticket prices and even more obscene wages the players get.
And even though I’ve previously said I think Benteke will stay next year, I now think we’ve got no chance whatsoever of keeping him, even if we do survive. Even more so, if Arsenal are genuinely interested in him, as we know they’re good payers and will dwarf the £40k we might offer him.
While I can already hear the shouts that £40k is really good money for someone who’s in his very early twenties, we have to consider that he’s a fantastic prospect and probably one of the best in the British game at the moment.
I certainly don’t think this is a “one-off” season for him and I doubt perspective managers of interested clubs will either, so there’s little risk in laying out decent money for him in my opinion.
No doubt there will also be shouts of derision that it’s a total BS story, all negative, because that’s all we do on this site.
Fair enough, it’s a point I can’t argue, save to say I’m not always negative (I’ve predicted a draw tomorrow in the previous thread, for example).
But if it’s anywhere near the truth, I’d suggest it’s a very good indicator of how far the club and it’s owner’s ambition/ability to compete have fallen.
Sometimes you have to invest to achieve things and I’d say this is a very good example, where we should do exactly that.
Of course, we still have the cloud of Weimann hanging over us too.
We really, really need to stay up this season.
It’s just a talking point after a period of very little news, so go easy eh?