Thats gotta be the funniest thing i have read for ages, look at Robinho had the potential to be one of the greatest players in the world......one season on and you dnt hear anything.
I think Robinho has done reasonably well bagging 14 league goals from midfield, had he shown as much passion away from home we could have been looking at 20+.Don't forget foreign players need to adapt to the pace and physical side of the prem and also as yet he doesn't have the quality around him to maybe give him more scoring opportunties like the "big clubs" do. The reason you dont hear his name much is because he doesn't play for a top 4 team. Have you heard the bias from commentators towards the top 4? They positively cream themselves when Ronaldo or Torres get the ball, if they make a cock up it's unlucky, if it's someone else they are not good enough!
£12M for Gareth Barry a modest sum, i somewhat dnt think so....i think that you have paid well over the odds for the player.....ok he has England credentials but apart from that he has not hogged the limelight as some of the talent the world has on offer.
Credentials? He is in the England squad. Arsenal,Liverpool,Spurs all tried to sign him and the likes of Gerrard want to play alongside him. United would of signed him but Hargreaves and Carrick became available.He can play well in 3 different positions.How much do England internationals cost nowadays ? In fact how much is the going rate for top european midfielder, rarely under 10 million even if they only have a year left on thier contract.
Ok Samaul Et'o maybe will follow but until the time comes that you can lure the likes of Messi the your club can you really be in the same class as the big 4 in the PL.
Only when we are "established" in the Champions league can we dream of players in the ilk of Messi,Kaka and better still Iniesta.
There will and always will be for a good many years the big 4 in the PL, i am not here to say my team is better than the next guys, but to get into the big 4 you need structure and you cannot buy that structure, ok some of the big 4 may not win the title year after year but they as sure as hell will be there or there abouts at the end.
There will always be the big 4 you are right, because of the collosal revenue that is generated from the CL compared to what the rest of the Prem gets. The "4" though will not always be the same 4. Chelsea like City were always an also ran until the money started rolling in. I remember the days in the old 2nd division going down to Stamford Bridge to watch City play Chelsea and look where they r now. It just needs a bad season from one of the supposedly big 4 :-)
As for loyalty in football, it has gone its all about the money be all and end all....
Agreed and of course in most cases in your chosen profession you are gonna want to earn as much as a boss will pay you, especially in a short career. I guess though once u r earning mega amounts of money you can be loyal, for example Steven Gerrard could have earnt more had he wanted to move, plus a big signing on fee.