It is always refreshing to hear a different view on a current hot topic. Paul Summerside intended this as a comment at our Facebook pages after Monsieur Salut’s piece was published (see this link) but it deserves an outing here, too …
First of all let’s talk about the player as an asset to our club.
Based on a consistent end to last season, Yann M’Vila has somehow managed to propel himself into folklore among a section of Sunderland fans. I thought him to be a useful asset, especially when you consider our injury crisis. There’s no doubt he is a strong-tackling grafter.
But goals, key passes and assists … don’t remember many of those.
Next we can discuss the non-signing of M’Vila.
He was (along with Kone and probably others) promised the earth by Big Sam as a reward for keeping us up.
With Big Sam gone, a decision had to be made…was he worth £8.5 million and £100k a week, when he would be free four months later? An emphatic no. The player himself should have had the sense to see this.
My next point concerns the “tit for tat” exchanges between club and player.
I’m absolutely certain M’Vila was heartbroken when the summer move broke down. Lots of fans were. The Odemwingie-like scenes and the following Twitterfest were embarrassing to the player.
It is therefore no surprise that M’Vila has recently had a pop back at SAFC. The “I’m not available to you” statement is childish and smacks of a toys-out-of-the-pram” mentality – especially as we are currently not in for ANY players.
Finally, would it really make any difference whatsoever to SAFC to sign ANYONE in the January window?
The team have made giant strides over the last month, and any signings may disrupt instead of enhance. No point whatsoever in adding bang average players on mega wages to the squad.
M’Vila is this.
In conclusion, Messi…whoops sorry my mistake, M’Vila has burnt his bridges with SAFC. No player will ever be bigger than our great club. Move on.