If Santi was British…


We’ve only had 7 games in the English Premier League so far, but Arsenal’s summer signing, Santi Cazorla is already turning out to be one hell of a transfer bargain. He’s seriously two-footed, has a great strike and controls the midfield like only a few players in Europe can.

That brings us to an interesting discussion, what if Santi was British? How much would he be worth? With the ridiculous amounts of money being splashed around by the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and even Liverpool in transfer windows gone by, he’d surely be worth much more then the £12m Wenger paid for him. John Cross from the Mirror takes a look at this, and gives us his insight on the subject.

Santi Cazorla has done a good job of highlighting why it is a false economy to buy British.

Cazorla is 27, at the peak of his powers, a part of the all-conquering Spanish squad, has won 48 caps and cost £12m flat.

Compare that to the £15m Liverpool paid for Welsh midfielder Joe Allen who had one good season in the Premier League with Swansea, gaining a reputation for a neat and tidy player.

Or, perhaps even more telling, the £10m that West Ham paid for Matt Jarvis, a one-cap wonder who got the England call, came on as a substitute against Ghana and has not played for his country since.

Then again, you have Arsenal’s £10.9m fee for Lukas Podolski who has won 103 caps for Germany, scored 44 goals and is 27.

And the accusation is that English clubs do not give English players enough of a chance. The truth is that unless they develop themselves it would be madness to buy home grown talent.

Wenger is pleased to now be boasting a clutch of young English players but the reality is that most deals don’t make sense.

Just look at Andy Carroll. The Geordie centre forward cost £35m, has now been loaned out to West Ham because Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, regarded as an outstanding coach, deemed that Carroll did not fit into his philosophy.

Surely it has to be down to Rodgers to coach and work with Carroll to make him fit in. Instead, Liverpool are left with a £35m price tag which is impossible to justify.

And yet on the back of so many big deals like Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, they paid £15m for Allen. He will be a good player but £15m is surely proof that it no longer makes sense to buy British.

Manchester City spent £15m on Jack Rodwell. And now he’s lost his place in the England squad. They’ve surely bought him for no better reason than he’s English.

While we all want to see home grown talent succeed, no manager, chairman or chief executive in their right mind can surely justify some of the crazy price tags for British players.

Furthermore, the right player comes to England and embraces himself in the way of life, culture and learns the language.

Cazorla has hired Cesc Fabregas’s old English teacher, lives in Hampstead – an upmarket part of north London – and enjoys the English way of life.

The same for Podolski. He was spotted getting a bus in Hamsptead the other day. A far cry from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who, in response to a question about if he used public transport, said: “Yes, just the other day I got a black cab.”

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