Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another RBNY enemy surfaces

Er, this is awkward now...
This time it's Michael Ballack's agent, Michael Becker, oddly enough...
“It seems that Solér already made massive promises to Stephen Ireland in October. This is an unbelievable incident,” Becker said. “Why would you go for a no-name player who no one knows, who hasn't started in months, when Michael Ballack is available?” 
"Ask Erik 'Clueless' Soler, why he thinks Ballack can only play as a central defender or a ball-holding midfielder," Becker was quoted by goal.de."This idea is his alone."
This is a rash overreaction, of course, but it gets at something more interesting. Whether or not you think Ballack still has enough life in his legs to act consistently as a forward-pushing midfielder - and I have my doubts, for the record - why would Soler hitch his wagon to Aston Villa's Stephen Ireland so long before the transfer period? Ireland began his Man City career in 2005, the same time Hans Backe was on staff as an assistant. Which could explain some things. But the idea that you'd completely lock yourself into a player (and its Stephen Ireland) months before Europe's summer window robs you of your flexibility. Especially considering Europe's fallen stars are constantly banging on your door. Soler had to expect overtures from other players, didn't he?

In any case, here's some discussion amongst AVFC fans, some of whom would hate to see him go based on his form over the last five games. For whatever that's worth to Michael Becker.

- Will Parchman

5 comments:

Thomas said...

As an Aston Villa fan I've got to say I'm not so sure about the Stephen Ireland link. Not only is he our most creative player but he has finally started to find some form and settle in after a very rocky start to his career.

However, the main reason I call BS on this is because of his salary. Ireland is currently on $128,000 per WEEK, how could MLS come anywhere close to paying that? In case anybody would like me to elaborate, Villa is currently paying him 60,000 pounds per week with Man City paying the extra 21,000. Furthermore, Ireland was valued at 8 million pounds when we acquired him as a make weight in the Milner deal and at the age of 25 he really should be at the peak of his career.

Finally, if I may add one more thing, Ireland recently had a new floor put in in his tacky mansion he purchased near Birmingham. Why is the new floor significant? because its a glass floor with a shark tank underneath (I can not confirm whether or not they are ill-tempered or if they have freaking laser beams on their heads). I really can't imagine this deal going through I wonder where Ballacks agent got this from?

Matt said...

I'd take Ireland over Ballack any day of the week, if I was Soler. Thomas could be right re: salary, but I don't fault RBNY for trying to target a guy in the prime of his career.

Apparently (according to the British press) Ireland is a complete wingnut, but as noted, he's been playing well of late and he was Man City's player of the year a couple of seasons back.

I'd love to see him in the MLS (far more so than Ballack).

Will Parchman said...

I have no problem with New York targeting Ireland. It just seems odd to me that you'd eschew all other comers, known and unknown, to keep sole tabs on a guy whose salary is presumably more than you can afford. NY wouldn't have swung the Henry deal if they'd been enamored with some other player at the time. Although I'd like to think this is just Ballack's agent being a moron.

Personally, I think Ireland is a fantastically loony character and would be great for MLS. Be hilarious to see who, if anybody, would want to buy a house with a shark tank below your feet.

UnitedDemon said...

I'd rather have Michael Ballack patron my restaurant than my football club. His most positive quality is his name right now.

Ireland might be a difficult target, but an absolute triumph if Soler can land him. Rodgers and Ireland could turn this limp team into a juggernaut of bald, brazen production. He'd definitely vie for MLS XI if he signs.

Will Parchman said...

I just realized Ballack's agent looks almost exactly like an aged Jack Black. So many golden joke opportunities missed...