What Odds Sidibe Stays?

Monday, 11 February 2002, 0:01
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Let’s remember that Sidibe looked likely to join Barnsley before Christmas and was also the reported target of a £400,000 bid from Leicester City. The talks with Barnsley were supposed to have broken down when they were unable to agree personal terms with his agent. Ah, a football agent, the bain of many a football chairman and manager’s lives but a necessary evil in today’s game I am afraid.

Sidibe’s agent is on 30% of any deal that he can cut for Big Mama, not a bad income for a player worth anywhere between £200k and £1m if you believe all reports. But we do wonder what Barnsley would have offered him. Barnsley are a first division club not completely minted but not short of the odd penny here and there. You would assume that the Tykes would have offered him in excess of £2000 per week, possibly nearer the £3,000 mark.

So we look at around that figure, if not more as Sidibe’s target wage. This club was nearly crippled two years ago by contracts like that which were handed out by Ninth Floor and we can do without it happening again. Sidibe is a decent enough player but is he really worth that amount of money? You tell me.

I would love Sidibe to stay at this club but not at the expense of our future. You give one player that amount of money, it almost sets a benchmark for others to ask for the same and so the precedent is set. So we are left back in the middle of the other dilemma. Should he stay or should he go?

On the assumption that we may not be able to meet his wage demands we would then have to face the fact that Sidibe will be gone within six months. So do we market him now and hope that he goes before the transfer deadline or do we wait until the end of the season when we may get a few peanuts for him? A very tough call, he is the most likely source of goals but if an offer came in for anything that was over six figures, are we in a position to say no?

I don’t know the answer, I really don’t. The head says “take the money if it was offered” but the heart says “We need this man until we are completely safe from the drop” – you make the call and voice your opinion on the Message Board

Meanwhile Terry Evans came out of hospital today after the sickening challenge on Saturday which left his jaw broken in two places. Having watched this incident on Soccer Sunday (in Swansea’s one minute slot) yesterday, I can only say that it was one of the worst challenges I have seen for some time. Partridge led, not with the elbow but with the forearm and there have been incidents on the football pitch before not as bad as this that have led to criminal charges. I’m not suggesting that Terry consider this but that is the scale of what I witnessed. Leading with the forearm has no place on the football pitch at all and a severe punishment needs to be handed out for this.

But Terry will come back, hopefully at the start of next season. I am sure that everyone reading this will join me in wishing Terry a very speedy recovery and we look forward to see him pull back on a Swansea shirt as soon as possible.

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