I was going to write this article about an hour ago but I’ve only just managed to pick myself up from the floor after laughing so hard.
The Sun is suggesting that Alan Pardew is weighing up a move for Manchester United’s current No9, Dimitar Berbatov after the striker huffed off due to being disregarded for the Champions League final at the weekend. Now I know speculating is fun, but I think this rumour is taking it a bit too far.
Apparently Berbatov is valued at £7.5 million by Manchester United which is not overly outlandish to be honest. The player is currently on wages of around £80,000-a-week however which is where this rumour falls to pieces. That plus his age of 30 are not what the club are trying to do.
Most of us have seen the pictures of Berbatov with an Alan Shearer shirt in the past. Apparently he used to idolise our former No9 and kept that shirt as his prize possession of his youth. It’s a shame that Berbatov won’t get the chance to find out what life was like for Alan Shearer by spending a bit of time playing his football at St James’ Park.
One more for the rumour mill? You bet. In my mind there is absolutely zero chance of Berbatov arriving at Newcastle at any point in the near future. He’s a great player to have when things are going well, but when things turn and your backs are against the wall he isn’t exactly the type to put up a fight. We aren’t a seasoned Premier League team again, yet, so we still need to maintain some of our fighting spirit for this season.
I know people will point to the fact that Berbatov was the top scorer last season, but that was in a Manchester United team that won the title. Would he get as many chances created for him at a team like ours? Probably not.
So while it may be nice to dream of a move for Berbatov, I feel that this is just another case of The Sun being the The Sun and peddling rumours that have no substance to them.
Still it’s good for a laugh 😆 😆 😆
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