Friday, 21 August 2009
Collins or Upson?
Anybody else been unsettled by the decision of Villa to bid for Collins rather than Upson? It is one thing for Stoke City to fancy Collins, quite another for Martin O'Neill to want him. When it was Stoke, there was a feeling that Upson was beyond their means so Collins was a next best choice. Villa, however, are not financially strapped and were rumoured to be after Upson. It would appear from the latest rumours, however, that O'Neill has weighed up the options and prefers the younger Collins at a lower price to the older Upson at a higher figure. And O'Neill is no mug as a rule.
Either way, Clarke is going to lose a key figure in his back four. Whether or not Collins is the first choice partner for Upson is a matter of some debate - Tomkins may be the main man - but he was a key figure in the Great Escape and has acquitted himself well since returning to the team. The most depressing thing about all this is that we have to sell to be able to bid £7m for a striker that we so desperately need.
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:18