…for it is not very often that you find yourself agreeing with Simon Jordan, but in the case of John Bostock I think the orange man is right.
Just in case you don’t know what “the case of John Bostock is”, Bostock is the now 16-year old wonderkid that Spurs have just signed from Crystal Palace. Palace wanted a deal worth around £4.5m, but a Football League tribunal instead ordered the Premier League side to pay £700,000 rising to £1.25m depending on appearances.
Take it away Mr Jordan:
“For a tribunal to reward a purportedly bigger football club in Tottenham to take one of the most gifted young English players in the country for a sum of £700,000 is nothing short of scandalous,’
“You get players like Aaron Ramsey, who has gone for £5m from Cardiff to Arsenal because that is the UK transfer market.
“The tribunal, in my view, are supposed to reflect the conditions of the transfer market place. And they came up with a figure of £700,000 for a player who has captained his country at Under 17 level, who is perceived to be one of the best youngsters in the country and is being chased by Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
“We had a £900,000 offer from Chelsea when he was 14 which we turned down. It’s beyond me and it makes me question why I bother with football.
“I have an academy who have produced a world-class footballer for someone else and got paid two-and-sixpence for it. We weren’t unrealistic – we didn’t try to be clever and put a value of £5m on the player.
“We simply said this is what the player is worth, these are the reasons why he is worth it and all we wanted was a fair and equitable outcome.”
Anyone who has experienced the joy of forking out £35 per ticket to sit in the Arthur Wait Stand at Selhurst Park may know a thing or two about “scandalous” pricing, but that argument is for another day.
There seems little doubt that Spurs got their man at a bargain price, but what does any of it have to do with Norwich City? Seeing as our academy isn’t quite as productive as it has been in recent years probably not an enormous amount, but Jordan is right when he says:
“I don’t feel it sends out a good message to people who pump millions into youth development. A significant amount of money we could have got from the disposal of John Bostock would have been ploughed back into youth development.
“And what’s going to happen to our young players when they are stockpiled in the butter mountains of the Tottenhams and Chelseas of this world?”
I’m sure Jordan’s gripe is more to do with Palace potentially losing out on a bundle of cash than on the future of our young players, but it doesn’t exactly encourage clubs to invest heavily in academies does it?
As an aside if anyone sees Juande Ramos, Sir Alex Ferguson or any other Premier League managers for that matter standing around the gates of Colney offering sweets to our youngsters please report them to the relevant authorities immediately. 🙂