Case For Hall
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Some may say ‘here we go again’, and that strikes a chord with me. George Hall is the starlet a number of Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in signing during the January transfer window. All done and dusted with proceeds likely to be spent on loanees Sanderson and Bielik. Or so we are led to believe.
Really annoying speculation once again, and particularly so with the team doing very well right now. But maybe the club considers such a deal to be necessary with finances as they are at St. Andrew’s? Reluctantly I could appreciate and understand that if it was the case. However, if there is truth in the story that George Hall is indeed the starlet, we have to lose to facilitate the permanent acquisition of a couple of loanees, then how unfortunate and sad is that?
Once again, we would see ourselves as the selling club, without really holding on to the possible future advancement of our club. My point here is not that George might leave and be added to the lengthy list of ‘early talent sold’ but, rather, why sell to fund two loanees in positions that can be replaced?
Maybe it is not just this factor, but if selling the player is essential for our club to carry on and survive then, again, I could understand and accept that. But building a young, talented team is what John Eustace regularly preaches and he also quickly points out that these players are the future for the club. My question centres on whether the future refers to the ongoing existence of the club and therefore selling to survive or, instead, it means developing youth for success and keeping ‘wanted talent’ away from the vultures?
George Hall will be an interesting case during the upcoming transfer window as to how we are shaping up for the future. Che Adams and Jude Bellingham went for decent money and, although regrettable from the fans point of view, it was understandable in both cases given the circumstances each time. But the meagre figure being banded around for our latest ‘starlet’ is hard to accept, especially if the true reason is for loanee signings being made permanent.
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