Well here I am at work on a bank holiday weekend. There are short straws and then there are short straws. I’ve pulled the really short one.
Wrighty, of all people, is the latest person to jump on the what-can-we-do-about-Chelski bandwagon in this morning’s Sun, claiming any player in their right mind would join the Trotskyists down in south London given the chance. “Chelsea is the place to be,” he says, “and any top player in the world will go there.
“Players can go to Arsenal. Great fans and a great new stadium being built. Or they could go to Chelsea, the Premiership champions, possibly the Champions League winners. Which is the more tempting offer? You don’t have to be a genius to work that one out”.
It’s a bit of a simplistic argument though, isn’t it? Yes, when a team is doing well, it’s an attractive place to go, but last time I checked there was more than a squad’s worth of good players in the continent of Europe, and more than one decent club to play for. Chelski, for all their wealth, cannot have every player they want. And players want to play football (see M. Kezman), not just earn money.
Just because they are having an exceptional season does not mean that a) Other teams are not attractive destinations for footballers, or that b) every player wants to play there, or that c) Chelski would want them even if they did.